The smile rehabilitation process is designed to improve aesthetics and enhance bite function. If your teeth are missing, decayed, broken, or badly worn teeth due to bruxism (teeth grinding) then you may be a good candidate for full mouth rehabilitation. There are also those patients who were born with conditions such as Amelogenesis, Ectodermal Dysplasia, or Dentinogenesis Imperfecta that will need this kind of extensive restoration to their smile.
A complete oral history, as well as a current list of medications, will be needed before the restoration can begin. Smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, drug use, or bad oral health care could compromise the success of any restorative work.
A full mouth rehabilitation is a process that involves several different treatments to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Each person’s treatment is unique and based on gum health, the condition of existing teeth, and your dental goals. Patients who need extensive oral procedures should be healthy enough to receive local or general anesthesia.
The soft tissue and dental structure of your mouth are evaluated before any surgery is performed. If your oral health is good, then dental implants may be an option. Dental implants replace a tooth from crown to root and are a comprehensive restorative choice. Implants can be placed in groups to support a full arch prosthetic or attached as a single unit. The implant posts are placed surgically into the jawbone, then a crown is fastened to the top of the post.
Implants are a permanent restoration method designed to be more comfortable, last longer, and help prevent bone loss. Although implants have many positive aspects, they do require a longer healing time after the post are surgically placed.
Another available option is a fixed bridge. A bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth with two dental crowns on either side. The crowns are placed over the neighboring teeth and bonded into place. Your decision to have implants or bridges will depend on your budget, your oral health, and how many teeth need replacing.
After addressing immediate concerns, we work on your cosmetic issues. Veneers are made of strong porcelain and can be used to cover gaps, stains, or inconsistent sized teeth. Crowns can be used to rebuild teeth affected by decay and are usually made out of porcelain or zirconia. Veneers and crowns can be custom made to match the appearance of your natural teeth.
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive procedure used to improve your teeth by multiple shades. Take-home whitening trays are the most popular method used by patients. The trays are custom molds that patients wear either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a few weeks.
Dr. Diais creates personalized treatment plans for patients who want a more confident and healthier smile. Contact our Odessa office today and find out if full mouth rehabilitation is right for you.