Full Mouth Reconstruction
In short, a full-mouth restoration (or sometimes called reconstruction or rehabilitation) is the individual restructuring of each and every tooth in a mouth. FMR is called for where the teeth are worn down, broken down or missing, causing problems in both the bite and appearance of the mouth. The most common solutions to these problems are crowns, veneers, onlays and bridge work. FMR in the hands of a highly skilled dentist is usually so successful that others cannot discern the real teeth from the restoration. This technique involves some easy preliminary information gathering. Reconstruction is completed in just two appointments—a preparation appointment and a seating appointment. During the preparation appointment, all old restorations and any decay are removed, impressions are made of the underlying healthy tooth structure, and beautiful temporary teeth are made. These temporaries are worn until the seat appointment, about three weeks later. This appointment involves removing the temporaries and bonding on the final restorations.
If you have teeth that are worn, shifted, missing, broken, or a combination of these, then FMR may be the answer. FMR is designed to restore your smile and, at the same time, make eating easier and more comfortable. Cosmetic dentistry has evolved dramatically in recent years. Many people have old dentistry that was done in bits and pieces. Much of it has worn resulting in collapsed bites and difficulty with chewing. This wear and patchwork quilt of old dental work creates an appearance that can age you beyond how you feel. Furthermore, a poor bite can cause jaw joint problems, muscle tenderness and even headaches. Chewing and speech may be affected, as well.
If you have teeth that are in very poor health or those who have worn them excessively over time, you should consider this procedure. You probably have lost vertical dimension if your teeth appear short, show signs of wear, or if your top teeth nearly or completely overlap your lower teeth. This “vertical dimension” is typically lost from decay or from teeth “grinding” (often from stress and/or misalignment of teeth). Other signs of lost vertical dimension are pains in the joints located near your ears, headaches, back pain, muscle pain and clicking and/or popping of the jaw joints. Vertical dimension is restored by physically adding to the biting surfaces of all teeth. A material similar to porcelain is used to enhance the height of teeth in the form of a typical crown. It has been estimated that approximately 80% of the general population have lost some vertical dimension.
Please feel free to talk to Dr. Benjamin about a consultation if you suspect this is going on with you as she is very passionate about educating her patients about their conditions and the options that are available.
An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the cusp tips of the tooth. They are custom-made to fit the prepared cavity and are then cemented into place. An on-lay is a more extensive reconstruction that covers one or more cusps of a tooth. On-lays are indicated in situations where a substantial reconstruction is required. However, more of the tooth structure can be conserved compared to the placement of a crown.
To repair damage to the tooth’s biting surface, rather than using a simple filling, or a crown, Dr. Benjamin will often use an inlay, or an on-lay. Inlays and on-lays can be made from porcelain, gold, or composite resin, although porcelain is now becoming the material of choice because of its strength and potential to match the natural color of your tooth.
- DENTURE (COMPLETE/PARTIAL)
Dentures, whether full or partial, are a removable solution for replacement of multiple or completely missing teeth. This type of treatment is of choice when there is not sufficient or available support for a fixed bridge. We pride ourselves in creating beautiful new smiles for many who would not expect to smile like themselves again.
- LASER DENTISTRY
Treat or Prevent Periodontal Disease!
Dr. Benjamin may recommend using the laser to remove debris, infected gums and bacteria between your teeth and gums that can cause periodontal disease, bleeding gums, gum recession and even loss of teeth. The laser is highly effective at killing bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth.
Improve a Gummy Smile
We can reshape your gums to improve the appearance of your smile by removing excess gum tissue (free gingiva) that gives you a “Gummy Smile” or makes your teeth appear irregular in size or shape.
Remove Oral Growths!
We can remove growths or excess tissue in your mouth such as gum tissue over an unerupted or partially erupted wisdom tooth, fibromas, amalgam tattoo and others.
- SAME DAY CROWNS
SAME DAY CROWNS
Using CEREC we are able to place your permanent, all ceramic restorations immediately no temporary solutions! It is not only an effective and efficient system; it’s entertaining too as you can share our unique 3-dimensional view of your tooth on a screen that allows us to watch the whole 3D design process as it happens. It’s the world’s only system of this type and we are proud that we have this proven technology in our office now, ready to create perfect, immediate restorations for our patients. Come in and see our CEREC technology today, and ask how it can make your ceramic restoration easy, effective and attractive!