When you hear the words “full-mouth reconstruction,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re like many people you may be imagining the worst. But the good news is full-mouth reconstruction is nothing to be afraid of. Though it sounds complex, full-mouth reconstruction is actually a number of smaller procedures, most of which can be done with minimal discomfort. Best of all, the results are beautiful, and so worth the investment.
If you’re curious about full-mouth reconstruction but aren’t sure what it could entail, here’s a list of some of the most popular procedures – and what they can do for your smile.
Veneers are one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve the look of your smile. Veneers can change not only the color of your teeth, but also the shape of your teeth. Veneers alone are great for people who need minor adjustments to the teeth, but they can be used in conjunction with full-mouth reconstruction to help craft a beautiful, healthy smile.
Are you missing teeth? Do you have teeth that will require extraction? You may be an excellent candidate for a bridge. Bridges are a type of dental prosthetic that connects to two healthy teeth with crowns that fit over those teeth. Between the connecting teeth are more crowns that sit atop the gums for a natural-looking fit. Bridges can be much more cost effective than dental implants.
Dental implants are crowns that are permanently attached to the jaw bone by a metal screw. The screw is drilled into the bone and given time to heal. Once healed, a removable crown is attached to the top of the screw. Dental implants are long lasting and natural looking and give the wearer the look and feel of natural teeth.
Orthodontics used to be mostly for kids, but these days many adults are getting braces or clear aligners. The amount of time you need to wear braces or aligners depends on the severity of the corrections needed, but many treatments take less than two years and can correct everything from malocclusion (misaligned bite) to jaw pain and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).
Your personal full-mouth reconstruction procedure may include some or all of these procedures – or none at all. It depends on the individual mouth and the type of corrections needed. If you are ready to get the smile you deserve, contact Dr. George’s office today and schedule a consultation. She can be reached at 724-220-2347.