Full Mouth Reconstruction
Are you in need of a full mouth reconstruction? Dr. Patrick Briese in Rayne, LA, is happy to work with you to help restore your teeth and appearance if you have extensive damage to your teeth and gums caused by facial trauma, severe wear and tear or decay, or bite deformities.
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist and are worried about the state of your mouth, please call our office. Not only are we skilled and gentle and genuinely interested in taking care of you, we understand dental fears and will create a treatment plan that is centered on you and your needs. We also practice sedation dentistry, which can be incredibly helpful when you need a lot of dental work as is typical for a full mouth reconstruction.
What Does Full Mouth Reconstruction Entail?
Full mouth reconstruction may require a number of different procedures to give you back a healthy, beautiful smile. Some of the procedures commonly used during reconstruction include:
- Teeth extractions
- Crowns and bridges
- Dental implants
- Dental veneers
We will discuss your options with you and work together to come up with a plan that is best for you.
Beginning Your Reconstruction
When you meet with us to discuss your reconstruction, we will begin with a full examination including x-rays to determine the extent of the damage and the work needed. This will also help us determine which teeth can be saved and which teeth may need to be extracted to avoid any future damage that could be caused by decay.
As part of your examination, we will also check your gums for periodontal disease and create a plan to treat any existing disease. Your plan may include antimicrobial mouthwash, oral antibiotics, or antibiotics that are applied directly to the gums. Healthy gum tissue is important because your gums provide the foundation on which to build your reconstruction. If your gum tissue has deteriorated significantly or the bone in your jaw is damaged, you may require tissue or bone grafts before we can proceed with crowns, bridges, or implants.
The Reconstruction Process
Because most reconstructions require multiple procedures or procedures with multiple steps, you can expect to have the reconstruction take place over a period of months. It will often be necessary to allow time for healing in between the steps of your reconstruction. For example, if dental implants will be a part of your reconstruction process, you will need to allow time for the bone and gum tissue to heal following the placement of the titanium post that holds the implant restoration.
Why is Restoration Important?
Full mouth restoration goes far beyond aesthetics. While a full, healthy smile goes a long way toward improving your confidence and self-esteem, missing and damaged teeth or severe damage to the gums and other tissues are serious health concerns. Extensive decay has been linked to conditions like heart disease and diabetes and can cause additional health complications. Painful teeth and gums lead to difficulty chewing fresh and healthy foods and can cause malnutrition. Your overall health is very important to us, and we want to work with you to help you feel your best.
Call our Rayne dental office today to find out more about full mouth reconstruction and whether you are a good candidate.