A full mouth reconstruction combines multiple restorative dentistry procedures in order to address dental health problems of different kinds. This includes serious tooth decay and fractures, gum disease, and tooth loss. By combining all of these procedures, patients are able to have a healthier smile and better overall wellness.
It’s not unusual for the Smiles For Life team to use dental implants during the full mouth reconstruction process. Our Harrisonburg, VA dentists would like to discuss the use of dental implants during full mouth reconstruction and whether or not it would be a good treatment option for you.
Treatments for Missing Teeth
When treating missing teeth, dentists have many options available to them. The use of a dental bridge is common for a single missing tooth or two. It’s also possible to use a partial denture for a few missing teeth in a row or a full denture for major tooth loss. These appliances improve the appearance of the smile while also restoring the ability to bite and chew.
Why Dental Implants May Be Used
While bridges and dentures are sturdy and effective, dental implants offer a much more stable treatment option to hold those appliances in place. These artificial tooth roots are surgically embedded into a patient’s jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, they offer the same level of stability as natural tooth roots. Dental implants can even be used to support individual dental crowns if a patient is missing a single tooth.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
The best candidates for dental implants are people who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth. They should be in good overall dental health and not suffer from medical conditions that would make oral surgery risky to general wellness.
It’s important that patients have sufficient jawbone density and gum tissue in place to help anchor the dental implant properly. During your consultation at our Harrisonburg practice, we will take x-rays to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. If there is not sufficient bone density in place, we may recommend bone grafting surgery to build up the necessary tissue. This will add months to the treatment process, so it’s important that patients be aware of this fact.
How Long Does Dental Implant Treatment Take?
On average, it can take several months for dental implant treatment to be completed. This is because a process known as osseointegration must take place. This is the process in which the dental implants fuse with the jawbone, allowing for optimal stability. Only when this process is complete can the dental implants securely hold a bridge, crown, or denture.
During your visit to the practice, we can discuss all options for tooth replacement in full detail. Our goal is to develop a full mouth reconstruction that best meets your needs.
Learn More About Full Mouth Reconstructions
If you live in the Harrisonburg area and need advanced dental work to address tooth loss and other serious problems, be sure to contact our team of cosmetic and restorative dentists. Smiles For Life can be reached in Bridgewater by calling (540) 208-5911 and in Staunton by calling (540) 887-3304.