There are times when a patient’s mouth needs a serious overhaul to address the many problems going on inside their mouths. This process is known as full mouth reconstruction or full mouth restoration. In these cases, it is important to choose a reputable dentist like Dr. Emmanuel Puddicombe, who is talented in a variety of procedures, so that you can reattain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Why Patients Need Full Mouth Reconstruction
You may be a candidate for full mouth reconstruction if you:
- Have poor teeth and gum health after neglecting to brush and floss regularly for an extended period
- Were involved in a serious accident that knocked out or damaged your teeth
- Have severe enough periodontal disease that your teeth cannot survive in your gums
- Are at great risk for tooth infection and decay due to unavoidable genetic factors
Dr. Puddicombe understands that full mouth reconstruction can make patients feel self-conscious. He is committed to treating his patients with dignity and amazing care regardless of the reasons that you may need full mouth reconstruction. It is much easier to feel confident once you have a full set of teeth again!
Full Mouth Restoration Benefits
Obviously, there is a lot of aesthetic value to having a complete, beautiful smile again. However, the functional benefits of having a full mouth cannot be understated. When you have all your teeth, you are able to not only chew correctly, but also speak without speech impediments. With missing teeth, your jawbone will start to deteriorate, but replacing them will help the jaw maintain its structure.
Procedures Included with Full Mouth Reconstruction
There is no single approach to full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Puddicombe will thoroughly examine each patient’s mouth to determine the appropriate course of action to fix the problems in your mouth specifically. Solutions may include:
An implant is a prosthetic tooth that can be surgically attached directly into the jawbone for a long-lasting replacement.
Crowns or caps fit over your existing teeth. They can both hide cracks and chips and stabilize a tooth that has weakened from infection and decay. They are made to look like your natural teeth.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that replaces gaps in your mouth, either a single missing tooth or a cluster of missing teeth. Bridges are useful for preventing adjacent teeth from shifting out of place and restoring your natural bite motion.
If you need all of the teeth in one or both of your jaws replaced, dentures could be the most efficient method. Dentures are custom-made to fit your unique mouth. In addition to traditional dentures, Dr. Puddicombe offers implant-supported dentures that are sturdier and do not require adhesive products.
Teeth that look less than great following an accident might best be helped by veneers, pieces of porcelain that are placed over the front of your natural teeth. These “shields” can be made in whatever size, shape and color you choose.
Meet Dr. Puddicombe to Discuss Full Mouth Reconstruction
If you believe you may be a candidate for full mouth reconstruction, please come see Dr. Puddicombe so that he can devise a plan that will fix your dental issues while preserving as many natural teeth as can be saved. For an appointment, please call Family Dentistry of Lyons at (315) 946-4656.