Understanding and Planning Your Smile Restoration
Missing teeth, advanced tooth decay or gum disease, chipped or cracked teeth, and even severe staining—there are many reasons why a person might need a total mouth restoration. Some restorations are relatively straightforward, with little more than porcelain veneers or tooth whitening required to achieve a beautiful smile makeover.
For many, many others, however, restoring a smile can be a complex process. Each treatment plan will be unique and depends on the types of dental challenges you have. Here are a few that might play a part in your smile restoration:
All-on-4® Smile in a Day
For patients with all hopeless teeth or who are missing all teeth, and want to escape the inconvenience of dentures, the All-on-4® procedure seems nothing short of a miracle. At the advent of the dental implant process, patients often had to wait months before completing treatment, with several appointments and procedures in the mix.
Today it is possible to completely restore a smile in just one visit with only four strategically placed titanium implants and a prosthetic bridge. When the implants are in place, the bridge for replacement teeth is securely fastened to the posts for a nearly instant, perfect smile. Recovery time is quick, complications are few, and the resulting appearance and functionality is unmatched in tooth replacement options.
Tooth Extraction and Single Dental Implants
Sometimes a tooth can be so decayed that it cannot be restored or saved. In these circumstances, an extraction may be necessary before restoration can begin. If an extraction is required, single dental implants are an excellent option.
When teeth are damaged or discolored to the point that veneers won’t provide optimal results, but they still have a healthy root, dental crowns may be the best treatment option. A dental crown is a small porcelain cap that sits on top of the natural tooth. The tooth is reduced down to allow room for the crown to fit comfortably and naturally in the mouth.
Crowns are also necessary when teeth have undergone endodontic therapy, also known as root canal treatment. Some teeth may need a root canal and crown as a part of a dental restoration. If this is true, it may be worth discussing the advantages and disadvantages of opting for an extraction and dental implant versus root canal therapy with your dentist or oral surgeon. Root canals do sometimes fail, and the cost of an implant is not significantly more than that of endodontic therapy.
Planning a Smile Restoration
Your dentist or oral surgeon will advise you on the best therapy or combination of therapies to achieve optimal results. Ask questions and be confident in your surgeon’s abilities. Remember that every situation is unique and the best treatment for one person may not be the best for you.
Restoring a smile does much more than just improves your appearance. Better oral health and hygiene, increased functionality, and an improved self-image are all benefits of undergoing a complete mouth restoration.
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