What procedures are involved in a full mouth reconstruction for Greenwood patients?
There are times in which patients need to consider serious dental work to improve their smiles. When trauma or disease causes patients to become less confident in their smile, they may start to ask their dentist about full mouth reconstruction. Greenwood residents often seek the assistance of Dr. Griffin to learn about procedures that are best to restore a smile to its previous appearance, or completely transform it into a thing of beauty!
Full mouth reconstruction may involve several different treatments. When a patient comes to Dr. Griffin to ask about this particular service, he will first perform a full examination with x-rays, photographs, and impressions of the dental arches. This allows him to see areas of improvement and show his patients—in a visual manner—the areas where dental procedures may help. Here are just a few of the treatments considered during full mouth reconstruction:
Patients who have lost teeth, or are having teeth extracted, may benefit from the placement of dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts surgically implanted into the bone of the jaw and restored with dental crowns to function and appear as natural teeth. They are often the strongest, longest-lasting restorations available.
Fixed bridges may be used when patients are restoring several missing teeth in a row. Bridges are made of porcelain and use adjacent teeth to support them. They will replace missing teeth in a way that is effective and affordable.
When patients are attempting to cover and disguise imperfections in their smiles, they may benefit from the placement of several porcelain veneers. Veneers can cover and improve problems such as misalignment, color, size, and shape of natural teeth. They are bonded to natural teeth to change the overall appearance of them.
When patients have lost all of their teeth, cosmetic dentures may be considered as an option to reconstruct the smile. Dentures are an affordable way to replace all of the teeth in the entire dental arch. They have come a long way over the years, and they are now more natural looking. Patients can also have several dental implants placed and made to secure the dentures for optimum hold and strength.