You aren’t vain if you are worried about how your smile looks. People tend to be judgmental, and if they see your smile is full of yellow, crooked, or chipped teeth, the sad fact is they will be less likely to listen to you or even want to get to know you. And things are only going to get worse with age. Plus, the same problems that cause embarrassment and anxiety can interfere with how you eat or talk. At our dental office in Medford, OR, we offer full-mouth reconstructions to fix multiple problems and give you the smile you want.
A full mouth reconstruction is when a patient has either a lot of missing teeth or he has a significant amount of wear. When we talk about wear, we're talking about where he enamel has been been basically worn down to where we're seeing exposed dentin and maybe in some cases where the nerve used to be but the nerve has kind of shrunk down. That is quite a severe amount of wear. Now, the best way to reconstruct somebody in that situation, it's not just to say, “Oh yeah, we're going to crown every tooth and let's just do that and then watch the wear regenerate itself.” What we try and do is get to the core, to the base of why the wear happened in the first place.
Because if we don't know the, if we don't know why the wear happened, then we're just doing the same thing over and over again. The most important critical part of that is to look at what is happening with the jaw joint, where is the position of the jaw joint and is there a clash between where the teeth are going and what the joint is trying to do. We actually have destructive dentistry going on which is what causes somebody's mouth to deteriorate to the point that they have a lot of wear.
I've had patients tell me, “I just don't know where to put my teeth. I go to sleep at night and I just don't feel I have a comfortable place.” These are just little little signs, little red flags that tell us that there are some issues going on that are being totally ignored. Before we start talking about reconstructing somebody's mouth, we've got to create a balance. We have to create a harmony between the jaw joint position and the muscles and then we look at where the teeth need to go then reconstruct based on that picture.
There are many treatments on the market for fixing an ugly smile. Dental veneers correct some problems, and teeth whitening can restore teeth back to being pearly white. But when you have several different problems with your smile, you need a plan to fix them all. Otherwise, your smile could look half-fixed and remain unattractive. Full-mouth reconstructions are treatment plans created by you and Dr. Vareldzis to correct these problems and restore your healthy, beautiful smile.
Because these treatments plans are individualized for each patient, no two are exactly the same. That’s why our team at Hillcrest Family Dentistry will start by giving your teeth a solid dental cleaning and complete dental exam, including digital X-rays. Once Dr. Vareldzis has had a chance to examine the data and speak with you about it, the two of you will decide on the best treatment plan to reconstruct your smile.
That said, there are a few procedures we usually include in full-mouth reconstructions.
We had a patient that had a lower denture that they couldn't function with because it was floating, and flopping, all over the place. We, basically, placed a couple of implants. That helped stabilize the lower dentures, so that they could eat without it moving around. Implants are a great way to give denture patients more stability. On the other hand, also, we've had patients that have lost a tooth, or several teeth, and they do not want to have a removable appliance. We can fabricate, and design them in such a way that they have fixed teeth in their mouth, and they can smile, and it looks natural. It gives them the confidence that their smile looks good again, and they can function well with that.
Nothing quite looks out of place in a smile like an empty space. It kind of says you’ve given up trying to look good. While a traditional dental bridge can fill up the space, a stronger and more permanent option is a dental implant. An artificial root made from titanium is implanted into the jawbone. Once healed, the root fuses with the bone to become as strong as any healthy tooth’s root. Then an artificial tooth is made customized to fit your mouth in particular, ensuring it will look normal in your smile. The tooth is attached to the root, and you are done.
To be eligible for a dental implant, the bone in the jaw below the empty space needs to be strong and thick. Some people have thinner, weaker bone structure, especially if a tooth has been missing for a while. For this situation, Dr. Vareldzis can use mini dental implants. While the tooth portion will be normal size — it will still look natural and beautiful — the root is much thinner. While this means the implant won’t be as strong, it requires less bone to fuse to, meaning mini implants can be used for almost anyone.
Ah, dentures. They get a bad rap, but dental technology has evolved a lot. Modern dentures are secure and natural looking. And if you are missing a full arch of teeth, dentures can work wonderfully. They are less expensive than other options, although they will need to be replaced from time to time as your mouth naturally changes shape.
Even if your smile needs extra work, there’s simply no need to keep suffering the embarrassment and discomfort any longer. At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, our full-mouth reconstructions can make anyone’s smile look amazing. To schedule a consultation to see what a full-mouth reconstruction would involve, call us at 541-779-4196 or 541-773-4435 or send us a message using our convenient online form.
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