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Full Mouth Restoration in Sherwood Park
If you have a healthy set of teeth and gums, it can be easy to take them for granted until there is a concern in the mouth causing pain. While healthy teeth are easy to care for and use when eating your favourite foods, unhealthy teeth and gums can cause a number of unappealing side effects including the psychological impact of self-consciousness over their appearance. What can be done in situations where all or most of the teeth in the mouth are in need of care and restoration? In these cases, a full mouth restoration may be in order.
What is a Full Mouth Restoration?
A full mouth restoration is called by many names including full mouth reconstruction and full mouth rehabilitation. More commonly used, however, is the term smile makeover. While smile makeovers are generally used to refer to the elective process of restoring all or most teeth in the mouth, full mouth restoration is non-elective. This means that there has been significant damage to the teeth and the restorative procedures recommended to remedy the situation and retain natural teeth are less of a cosmetic requirement than a functional one.
A full mouth restoration occurs where a general dentist performs restorative procedures to all of the teeth on the upper and lower dental arches. Full restorations may require the involvement of specialists such as periodontists or oral surgeons if the circumstances dictate.
Why Are Full Mouth Restorations an Option?
Full restorations can be an be an option for a number of reasons. This can be in response to a traumatic accident or injury which has resulted in breaking or fracturing of the teeth, teeth that are severely decayed and require intervention to save them from extraction, teeth which have been lost due to damage or decay, or teeth that have been worn by nightly clenching and grinding. Full mouth restorations may also be required in response to patient complaints of jaw pain and tension as a result of poor bite alignment. Although these reconstructions do have the added benefit of improving the appearance of decayed or broken teeth, the procedures are performed with the primary objective of increase the comfort and function of the patient’s teeth and gums.
How to Get Assessed for Full Mouth Restoration
If you have chronic dental concerns, you are likely working with a dentist who has already discussed the possibility of needing a full restoration. If, however, you are experiencing chronic pain and concerns and you have not spoken with your dentist about this at your regularly scheduled appointments, start by booking with your dentist for a checkup. During the checkup your dentist will examine each of your teeth with the help of digital X-rays to evaluate their health and recommend a procedure where there are concerns. Your dentist will be looking for signs of decay, damage such as cracking, chipping or fracturing, as well as any signs of loose teeth and gum disease. Your dentist will also examine the health of all soft tissues in the mouth including the cheeks, lips, gums and tongue. Based on this assessment, your dentist can provide recommendations of a treatment plan and can identify in what order these restorations need to occur.
Gum Disease - If you are showing signs of periodontal disease, the gums that support your teeth are compromised. In this case, your dentist is likely to recommend starting with procedures to improve the health of the soft tissues in order that they be able to effectively support the reconstructed teeth going forward. This may involve root planing and/or gum grafts to heal the infection and restore the condition of the gum’s relationship to the teeth.
TMD/TMJ - If you complain of chronic headaches, jaw pain including clicking, popping or lock jaw, your dentist will likely evaluate whether you have a condition of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is what allows the jaw to open and close and requires a proper relationship between the teeth on the upper and lower arches. If your dentist determines that the relationship is less than ideal, you may require treatment to correct bite alignment before the teeth can be safely restored.
Root Canal Therapy in Sherwood Park
Patients requiring endodontic treatment, commonly referred to as Root Canal Therapy, have been diagnosed with an infection in the soft dental pulp that lies within the roots of the tooth. An infection in the pulp can be extremely painful; if left untreated for any length of time that infection can progress into an abscess and further complications for surrounding tissue. Treatment for such an infection requires removal of the infected or injured pulp from the tooth, and if caught early enough, the tooth itself can usually remain in the jaw. Once the pulp is removed, the root canals are cleaned, sterilised and then completely sealed with a filling material to prevent further infection. Most dentists recommend crowning the tooth that has undergone root canal therapy to reinforce the compromised tooth. Often, even a severely infected or damaged tooth can be saved from extraction with root canal therapy.
Reasons For Root Canal Therapy
Some of the more common reasons for root canal therapy being required include advanced tooth decay, abscesses as a result of decay, recent dental trauma or previous trauma that didn’t require treatment at the time. Simple root canal therapy may be performed in a single visit but most often will require multiple visits to our office. Teeth have several roots and it is very important that each one be thoroughly cleaned and all pulp removed to prevent re-infection at a later date. In some cases you may be required to start off your root canal treatment with antibiotics to treat an abscess or tooth infection before we even start on the tooth itself. Dental x-rays will be used to see the whole tooth and surrounding structures and assist with a full diagnosis. All dental services provided by a general dentist.
Dental Services Provided at Acacia Dental
We are a full service dental clinic in Sherwood Park, with services ranging from regular check ups & cleanings to fillings to braces & Invisalign. All services provided by a general dentist.