Using Dental Implants in Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Regular preventative dental care done by the best dental implants specialist can often look after minor dental problems. These include replacing old fillings, crowns or bridges, or dealing with the loss of one or two teeth. It can be a different matter for anyone who has had to deal with more extensive dental problems.
These can include advanced periodontal disease, tooth decay or some other kind of trauma that has resulted in multiple tooth loss. Additionally, also the destruction of other structures in the mouth like gum tissue and bone. In this case more sophisticated treatments may be required, for example full mouth rehabilitation or full mouth reconstruction.
What Is Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
This process will often require multiple treatments and quite possibly the intervention of different specialists, for example the best dental implants specialist, endodontists or prosthodontists.
Full mouth rehabilitation is a process to rebuild and replace damaged and missing teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. Its aim is to restore dental health and a person’s ability to eat and talk in comfort.
By the end of treatment, someone who has undergone full mouth rehabilitation should have teeth that function properly. Teeth that providing the proper support for their lips and cheeks, and these teeth should look great.
Who Might Need Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
Someone who has suffered some sort of trauma, perhaps a car accident or some other kind of injury may have sustained extensive damage to their mouth. In this case a full mouth rehabilitation may be appropriate.
Full mouth reconstruction may help if you have:
· Lost some teeth due to decay, disease or injury
· Teeth that are fractured or which have lost a substantial part of their structure
· Suffered from long-term acid erosion or bruxism that has resulted in teeth becoming worn down
· Problems with your jaw joints that have caused muscle pain or headaches, or which are due to issues with the way your teeth bite together
Finding out More about Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Full mouth rehabilitation is not a quick process and it’s best to see your best dental implants specialist for a comprehensive examination.
This examination will determine the type of problems requiring correction and the extent of any issues with disease or decay. The next step will be to decide upon a proper treatment plan. There are various types of problems your best dental implants specialist will be looking for.
The Condition of Your Teeth
The condition of your natural teeth will help determine what kind of restorative procedures are required. These may include crowns, fillings and inlays and onlays, and porcelain veneers.
Your dentist will also carefully assess your teeth for any problems with infection to see if root canal treatment is needed.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that can affect the gums, ligaments and bone around your teeth. These structures are essential for providing a strong framework for your teeth and if disease is present then tooth loss is likely.
Periodontal disease can often be tricky to treat which is why it’s frequently best to see a periodontist for more advanced procedures. At the NYC Dental Implants Center, their board certified periodontist, Dr. Navid Rahmani is able to carry out comprehensive evaluations. He will assess the health of your gums and all the other structures around your teeth.
It’s essential to make sure any signs of periodontal disease are eradicated or carefully controlled in order for full mouth rehabilitation to be successful. Healthy gums help provide the foundation for a healthy mouth.
The Condition of Your Jaw Joints and Your Occlusion
One of the aims of full mouth reconstruction is to make sure that you can eat and talk comfortably. Ensuring your teeth meet together correctly will reduce the wear and tear on your teeth. It will also help avoid any problems with your jaw joints.
If you have issues with tooth grinding and clenching, a condition called bruxism, then this will need to be treated before your teeth are restored. This is because bruxism can damage teeth and any restorations, including crowns, bridges, veneers and dental implants.
Clenching and grinding can be due to stress or it can be aggravated by a bad bite. If your teeth are out of alignment, then it might be possible to adjust your tooth surfaces so your teeth occlude or bite together correctly.
Sometimes it may be worth having orthodontic treatment to realign them. If your clenching and grinding isn’t linked to a bad bite, then it can often be treated by wearing a custom-made night guard. This prevents your teeth from touching so you cannot clench or grind.
Your Facial Profile and General Aesthetics Will Also Be Taken into Account
This is another important part of planning full mouth rehabilitations, as it’s vital to make sure your new restorations will compliment your facial features and your profile. The results of a properly planned full mouth reconstruction can often look amazing. Particularly when someone may have spent many years putting up with painful and infected teeth, or has multiple teeth that are missing.
Restoring these teeth to the proper size, shape and color can make a huge difference to appearance and self-esteem. It can also positively impact general health. Restoring your ability to smile can go a long way to helping your sense of general well-being. Being able to eat comfortably can aid digestion, as you will be able to chew food properly, and it can be helpful with overall nutrition.
Once all the problems have been assessed, it will be possible to begin planning treatment more fully.
Your treatment could include:
· Having your teeth professionally cleaned
· Treating any existing problems with periodontal disease
· Crown lengthening procedures in preparation for placing dental crowns
· Orthodontics to help move your teeth into optimal positions
· Restoring lost gum tissue or bone in preparation for dental implants
· Placing dental implants to support one or more missing teeth
· Placing permanent restorations like crowns, veneers, bridges and inlays and onlays
As you can see the list of treatments is pretty long and this certainly isn’t exhaustive. Not everyone requiring full mouth rehabilitation will need dental implants. But frequently this is a treatment that can be extremely helpful.
Once any problems with gum disease or any issues with your bite have been dealt with, dental implants can be used to restore missing teeth. The beauty of having dental implant treatment is that they can look and feel just like your own teeth. Except, they may look more attractive and will feel more comfortable.
Dr. Rahmani is able to provide a range of sophisticated treatments that can be used in full mouth rehabilitation. This includes the very latest periodontal procedures to help restore gum health, as well as techniques to help restore missing gum tissue and bone.
These help enhance the overall effect of full mouth rehabilitation, increasing the stability of dental implants and ultimately their longevity. A full mouth reconstruction is very different from a smile makeover which is often carried out purely for cosmetic reasons. In contrast, full mouth rehabilitation is often needed and can help improve your overall quality of life.