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What is Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

When one treatment alone cannot fix your dental issues, a full-mouth reconstruction or restoration can fix multiple dental problems, restore your smile and provide you with the full functionality of your mouth. Essentially, full-mouth restoration can address jaw-bone issues, replace any missing teeth, treat dental diseases, fix worn down teeth, and fix any broken dental appliances such as broken fillings or crowns.

Full-mouth reconstruction is a great way to hit the “reset” button on your smile, as it involves the restoration and remaking of the important parts of your mouth – often affecting all or most of the teeth in your mouth. Depending on your exact and personal dental needs, procedures will be tailored to make your mouth feel natural and beautiful.

Learn more about full-mouth reconstruction HERE

When is a Full-Mouth Reconstruction Needed?

Your dentition is composed of many different parts – teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks, jaw, etc., and each of these parts work together to create a fully functioning mouth that can chew, swallow, and speak flawlessly. When one of those parts (for example: teeth, gums, jaw) becomes damaged, it can affect the functionality of your smile. Therefore, keeping your mouth at a healthy level is extremely important to your daily functions. Nevertheless, how do you know if you may require a simple one-time procedure or a full-mouth reconstruction or restoration?

Tooth decay, gum disease, broken teeth, and other oral health issues can damage your mouth’s fundamental abilities to function. When decay becomes increasingly present in your mouth, it can cause some serious damage and tooth loss. When this happens, a full-mouth restoration can restore your smile and its essential functions and bring your mouth, your smile, and your confidence to a healthy level.

Full-mouth reconstruction does just that, it combines aesthetics with the science of restorative dentistry to improve the health, function, and beauty of the mouth – getting you back to a strong smile.

You may require full-mouth reconstruction if:

  • You have teeth that have been lost because of decay or trauma
  • You have lost or fractured teeth due to injury
  • Your teeth are very worn from acid erosion
  • You are experiencing high levels of jaw pain, resulting in muscle pain and headaches
  • You have a misaligned bite
  • You are experiencing bone imperfections
  • You are experiencing debilitating oral pain

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Are Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures used?

Everyone can appreciate a beautiful smile.  We feel it is the most important physical feature a person can have and we can help restore your smile, if necessary. A beautiful smile conveys youth, health, happiness, and friendliness. It gives you confidence and draws others to you. It can improve your chances of getting that new job or promotion. How can cosmetic dentistry procedures be used in full-mouth reconstruction or restoration to improve your smile?

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of dental treatments aimed at improving the appearance of the teeth. If you want to improve the form, function or appearance of your smile, cosmetic dentistry can help.

The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to restore your smile by improving the appearance of the teeth using bleaching, bonding, veneers, reshaping, orthodontics, or implants. Whether it is discolored or dark front teeth, tooth decay, or metal fillings, an unattractive smile can really affect a person’s self-confidence. Not only that, research has shown that public perception is also affected by a person’s outward appearance especially their teeth and smile.

What are the most Common Procedures in Cosmetic Dentistry?

The most common procedures used in cosmetic dentistry that are used to restore your smile are fairly simple, whereas others are more complex and require specialized care. Below we will share with you some of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry we offer:

Composite Bonding: Composite bonding refers to the repair of decayed, damaged or discolored teeth using material that resembles the color of tooth enamel. Your dentist will remove any decay, and apply the composite material to the tooth surface. They will then contour the material into the right shape before curing it with a special light to harden the material. This treatment will effectively cover the damaged tooth giving it a healthy appearance. Cosmetic bonding is one of the most cost-effective procedures offered, but you must be a candidate for the procedure to be effective.

Porcelain Veneers: Dental veneers are manufactured to resemble an improved version of your natural teeth. They are typically made from an ultra-thin porcelain material. In many cases, minimal tooth structure is removed, making this a great option for lots of people.  Veneers do not stain and are designed to look natural and beautiful. You can work with your dentist to decide on the perfect shape, size, and color to achieve your ideal smile. With proper home care, veneers last many, many years! Learn more about Porcelain Veneers HERE.

Teeth Whitening: One of the most basic cosmetic dentistry procedures, teeth whitening or teeth bleaching can be performed at your dentist’s office. Over the years, teeth become stained and worn from food, drinks, medication and personal habits such as smoking. Often times, teeth can also be bleached to achieve an even lighter shade than their original color. Our office offers a whitening system that can be completed from the comforts of your home. We provide the patient with custom fit bleach trays and bleaching gel that allows you the convenience to bleach your teeth on your own time. If you have questions regarding our whitening system please feel free to contact us, and we would be happy to discuss our system and cost with you.

It is important to now that whitening should be completed after plaque and tartar have been removed from the surface of the teeth. If you are in need of a dental check-up and cleaning, please contact our office to schedule an appointment prior to beginning the whitening process.

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There are many other cosmetic procedures offered to our patients to improve their appearance. Consulting your dentist is essential to discovering if you need a full-mouth reconstruction or restoration. To find out more about full mouth restoration, or to learn more about how you can rebuild your smile with beauty and function in mind, contact Thomas L. Anderson, DDS and Associates. Your perfect smile could be just a few visits away.

Contact us to schedule your consultation and meet with any of our skilled dentists at one of our three conveniently located dental office locations within the Kansas City area, including Lee’s Summit / Independence, the Country Club Plaza and Downtown Kansas City. The gentle dentists and expert team at Thomas L. Anderson and Associates look forward to working with you to treat your dental emergency, achieve proper oral health and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions about your dental insurance benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to review your policy! Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment and become part of our dental family.

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