Full mouth reconstruction is a miraculous procedure we offer our patients. Many people come to us fearing that their teeth are beyond help. In truth, there is almost no smile that can’t be repaired. With the experience and training of the right dentist, your smile can be made whole again.
Here are some of the more common reasons why people come to us with smiles they don’t think can be fixed, but can actually be addressed easily to give you a whole, beautiful smile again.
Gum disease is a bacteria infection in the space between your teeth and gums. It is the most common cause of tooth loss among US adults. It’s also found in about half of all adults, and about 70% of people age 65 and over. Gum disease can make your teeth loose, so they move, growing more crooked and crowded. Gum disease leads to receding gums, which can expose the tooth roots, which are vulnerable to decay. Teeth that are loose are more vulnerable to trauma, and they may have to be removed to treat the gum disease.
Tooth erosion occurs when your teeth are exposed to acid in the mouth regularly or for prolonged periods. Enamel is strong, but when it’s exposed to acid, it grows soft and can erode away or crack. The most common sources of acid are acidic drinks and stomach acid.
Acidic drinks like soda and wine are fine when consumed in small quantities, but when they’re consumed many times a day or sipped over prolonged periods, they can be very damaging to the teeth.
Stomach acid can attack the teeth for many reasons. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can bring acid up into the mouth, causing the teeth to soften. People may also damage their teeth because of chronic illness or purging behavior related to eating disorders.
Because tooth erosion affects many teeth at once, it can cause your entire bite to fail, and once teeth start to break, a chain reaction can occur. To restore your teeth to healthy function requires careful attention from a skilled dentist.
Trauma can affect just one tooth, but in some cases it can lead to several teeth being knocked out. Several others may be damaged. Serious falls, violence, or car accidents are the most common causes of tooth trauma that require full mouth reconstruction.
Although some dentists may focus only on the teeth after trauma, it’s important to factor in the impact on the jaw, which can cause dysfunctions that will lead to future problems.
Your body can be its own worst enemy sometimes. When your bite isn’t harmonious, your jaw muscles may find themselves constantly struggling to find a comfortable position. This can lead to you grinding your teeth. This damages the teeth further and can make the bite worse.
This problem only stops when the entire bite is built up to hold the jaw in its proper position.
Other times, the worst enemy of your teeth is the dentists who are trying to protect them. Unfortunately, restorations that aren’t designed to fit properly into your bite can cause you to pass the stress along line the line.
Modern dental restorations are stronger than tooth enamel, so they can wear away and break your natural teeth. This won’t necessarily bring your bite back into harmony. In fact, it’s more likely to lead to further tooth damage. If left long enough, a full mouth reconstruction may be the only option.
Choose Us for Your Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction can help you leave behind whatever caused your tooth problems in the past so you can look forward to the future with a beautiful, bright, functional smile. If you’re facing the prospect of a full mouth reconstruction, it’s important to make sure it gets done right. You need a dentist whose expertise can give you the best odds of success. It’s important to harmonize all the treatments, to ensure that dental implants and other restorations harmonize with each other and with natural teeth.
Dr. Kurt A. Doolin is highly trained in performing full mouth reconstructions and has proven his talent through many successful reconstructions over the years.
To get started on the process of your full mouth reconstruction, please call (248) 656-2020 (248) 923-4155 today for an appointment with Dr. Haddad or another dentist at Rochester Advanced Dentistry.