When your teeth and gums are in bad condition, you may need a full-mouth restoration that involves several procedures and restorations. Begin by visiting your dentist for a complete examination with medical images to learn more about the health of your gums and teeth. While improving the function of your teeth and gums is the primary focus of a full-mouth restoration, it is also important to improve the appearance of your smile. At our dental office, we want you to understand what happens during full-mouth restoration so that you can prepare for the process of creating a beautiful smile. Here are some of the dental repairs that can occur while you are undergoing a full mouth restoration.
Dental Repair 1: Filling Cavities or Replacing Old Fillings
Our dentist can fill the small cavities in your teeth with color-matching substances. If you have old metallic fillings that are loose or ugly, then we can remove these before inserting an attractive but unnoticeable filling.
Dental Repair 2: Treating Gum Disease to Prevent Tooth Loss
If you have swollen or bleeding gums, then you may have gingivitis, and this condition can lead to a loss of your natural teeth. Our dentist can use special cleaning techniques to remove the bacteria from your gums, but if you have severe periodontal disease, then we may need to remove the contaminated gum tissue. It can take weeks or months to overcome gum disease, but it is worth it to save your teeth.
Dental Repair 3: Whitening Your Teeth
When your dental enamel is discolored, our dentist can whiten your teeth in an hour or less. We will protect your dental restorations before coating your teeth with a strong hydrogen peroxide solution. When water is squirted into your mouth, a chemical reaction occurs that lifts the difficult stains from your teeth.
Dental Repair 4: Repairing Chips
If you have a small chip or scratch on a tooth, then our dentist can mix a color-matching bonding substance to apply to the scratch or chip. After this substance dries, our dentist will polish the tooth’s surface to create a beautiful tooth that looks perfect.
Dental Repair 5: Covering a Tooth’s Surface
When a tooth toward the front of your mouth is discolored or damaged, we can make a thin porcelain dental veneer to place over the tooth. This is a great treatment for the teeth that are located toward the front of your mouth. The veneers are attached with a waterproof resin, and these restorations can also change the size or shape of a tooth.
Dental Repair 6: Dental Crowns
If a tooth has a large cavity or is severely damaged, then our dentist will suggest covering it with a dental crown. First, the natural tooth requires a repair to eliminate decay or other problems. This can include filling the tooth or performing a root canal to remove the interior structures of the tooth. When you have a root canal, our dentist will fill the tooth’s shell with a malleable substance before covering it with the dental crown.
Dental Repair 7: Replacing Lost Teeth
One of the best things about a full-mouth restoration is replacing any missing teeth, but there are several ways to do this. It is possible to replace lost teeth with dental bridges that are made with full-size dental crowns and sturdy supports. When you have teeth that are beyond repair, our dentist can remove these teeth before ordering an upper or lower denture. However, you can also request dental implants that have metal posts and crowns to replace your lost teeth.