When people come to Dr. Anthony Mobasser’s dental office in search of a dental procedure, they rarely expect to hear they need a full mouth reconstruction. The name of the procedure sounds a lot more extreme than it actually is, entailing a variety of different processes meant to restore a person’s mouth accordingly. Here, Dr. Mobasser, leading expert in full mouth reconstruction in Los Angeles, explains the different components of the procedure.
What is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
The procedure known as a full mouth reconstruction is almost pretty much what the title implies. It is a treatment that aims at rebuilding and/or replacing all, if not most of the teeth in the patient’s mouth. It combines restorative dentistry and esthetics in order to improve upon the health and function of a person’s mouth while also enhancing the aesthetic aspects. These reconstruction measures can be applied to a variety of different cases, making them a very versatile treatment. Teeth decay, broken teeth, consequences of teeth grinding, can all cause severe strain and damage on your teeth, and all of these can be addressed through full mouth reconstruction. This way, regardless of how much damage your teeth have gone through, there can be something done about them.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Treatment Options
- Onlays – Onlays are a specific kind of filling for teeth decay, fractures, and similar problems. Similarly to inlays, these are indirect restorations that incorporate artificial cusps by covering or “onlaying” the missing real cusps of teeth. These allow for the conservation of the dental structure when the only other choice would be to eliminate the cusps and restore with a crown.
- Crowns – Crowns are a type of dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth or an implant. These are usually used when a large cavity is threatening the health or integrity of a tooth and can be made of a variety of materials. They can improve upon both the strength and the appearance of a person’s teeth.
- Bridges – Bridges are fixed dental restoration prostheses that are used to replace one or more missing teeth by way of joining an artificial tooth to the adjacent teeth or dental implants. Basically, these act as bridges between existing dental structures in order to better improve the look and integrity of the overall dentures.
- Veneers – Veneers are a layer of an artificial material that is placed over a tooth in order to protect the tooth surface from damage and improve upon the aesthetics of a person’s smile. Most commonly, veneers are made out of either composite or dental porcelain and either fabricated in a dental lab or built up by a cosmetic dentist in the patient’s mouth.
- Dental Implants – Dental implants are surgical fixtures that interface with the bone of the jaw or the skull in order to support a dental prosthesis. These act as orthodontic anchors in order to replace entire teeth with a functional crown. Through dental implants, cosmetic dentists can improve upon the functionality of the mouth as well as its aesthetic appeal. These are often used when patients lose a whole tooth for a variety of different reasons.
- Dentures – Dentures are prosthetic dental devices constructed in order to replace missing teeth and are supported by the soft tissue in the mouth. These can be fixed via implants or removable, depending on the patient’s convenience and preference.