Have you lost a number of teeth or have your teeth worn out? Do you experience dysfunction because of poor tooth or jaw relationship? The dentists at Advance Dental Group offer a durable and attractive full mouth rehabilitation service. Our full mouth rehabilitation service in Kelowna helps lay a foundation for healthier functioning as well as a restored smile. Replacing lost teeth also supports the health and stability of your remaining natural teeth. Your overall well-being can also improve as stable, strong teeth allow you to eat and enjoy a wide array of foods.
What is Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
Restorative dentistry refers to management and procedures that your dentist performs to keep your mouth healthy and functional. These procedures include putting in dental implants, dentures, fillings, and crowns. This kind of dentistry doesn’t require specialization, and it just refers to the preventative and corrective steps that general practice dentists take to make sure that our mouths stay as healthy as possible. Restorative dentistry is first and foremost concerned with keeping the mouth functioning as best as it can and in the process of doing so, can improve the overall look of one’s smile. This is what separates restorative dentistry from cosmetic dentistry, as the latter is more concerned with aesthetics.
What Are the Types of Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
There are various things that can go awry in the mouth, which is why dental professionals work hard to make sure that any possible issues are dealt with early on or prevented altogether. As not all patients practice consistent, good oral care and injuries and diseases happen, restoring teeth and gums to a healthy state becomes necessary. The simple and most common form of full mouth rehabilitation is filling a cavity after all the decay has been removed. The tooth is saved and the filling should last for 5 to 12 years. Some of the types of full mouth rehabilitation include:
- Full or partial dentures
- Dental implants
- Crowns and bridges
When trauma, periodontal disease or dental decay lead to broken or missing teeth, your dentist relies on other forms of full mouth rehabilitation to save or replace damaged teeth.
Full mouth Rehabilitation usually involves rebuilding a patient’s bite (occlusion), while returning function and esthetics. By changing the length of teeth, altering the biting surfaces and changing the chewing envelope balance is re-established to prevent breakdown of the patient’s occlusion. When our bite is in balance, wear and tear on our teeth is minimized.
Our mouths are designed for speech, eating and breathing. Humans are amazingly adaptive. Our mouths are no different. If our teeth get in the way of our basic function they can pay the price through excessive wear, fracturing, movement and loss. Over many years as our bite gets further out of balance these processes can be exaggerated leading to changes in muscle function and the esthetics of our face and smile. Restorative techniques can be used to return a patient’s teeth to proper function and esthetics as long as the structural foundation of the gums and bone are present. In cases where teeth must be removed dental implants can be used to replace them in combination with natural teeth. Extensive rehabilitation requires advanced training. Multidisciplinary knowledge of smile design, dental materials, and functional considerations are all required to successfully rebuild a patient’s bite. There are numerous options available at the Advance Dental Group for this type of treatment. Often it can be done in phases to reduce the length of appointments and upfront treatment costs.
Patients that are considering this treatment require thorough diagnostic information to make decisions in consult with Dr. Macdonnell. This information is gathered at the new patient exam where gum, tooth, functional and aesthetic risk factors are assessed. Our Team at Advance Dental Group is trained to gather this information and would be happy to discuss all the solutions that are available when it comes to restoring or repairing your mouth. You may be surprised how easy it is to regain your smile and restore its original brilliance. See our smile portfolio of Sam and Greg as examples of full mouth re-rehabilitation.