Have you been lazy about your dental care and after years you’re seeing the effects? Maybe you have suffered an illness, or been on medications that have played havoc on your teeth. Have you been in an accident that has affected your smile? You may be familiar with dental treatments such as veneers, dental implants, tooth whitening, etc., and you may think that they are single treatment options, and they are. But a full-mouth rehabilitation, for reasons such as those listed above, can combine several treatment options to reconstruct your smile. If you’re a candidate for a full-mouth rehabilitation, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, specializes in cosmetic dentistry and will be happy to perform a complete evaluation and discuss your treatment options.
What Is A Full-Mouth Rehabilitation?
A full-mouth rehabilitation can also be called a full-mouth reconstruction, or full-mouth restoration and it restores the function and aesthetics of every tooth in the upper and lower jaw. It can involve several cosmetic procedures including dental implants, veneers, crowns, dental bridges, tooth bonding, tooth contouring, teeth whitening, gum lifts, and occlusal correction. Full-mouth rehabilitations are recommended for patients with worn, damaged, and/or missing teeth. Patients with severely damaged teeth, those suffering from temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and those with worn down teeth due to bruxism (clenching and grinding) are also good candidates. Damaged dentition can affect your health by impacting your bite and your ability to chew, and therefore choose healthy foods. If your damaged dentition is due to poor oral hygiene which led to decay and periodontal disease, then your overall health could be compromised. A full-mouth rehabilitation improves the look, but also the health of your smile.
To determine whether a patient is a candidate for full-mouth rehabilitation, Dr. Fondriest will examine the look and function of your teeth, gums, and jaws, gather your dental history and check for neuromuscular issues. The examination will likely include x-rays, photographs, impressions of your teeth, and a bite model. This information will be used to determine the extent of the problem, and to develop a step-by-step treatment plan.
Depending on the situation, each area of the mouth may require several different procedures such as occlusal correction, fillings, crowns, veneers, dental implants, professional dental whitening, bonding and contouring, and gum lifting.
Occlusal Correction: Dental occlusion refers to how the chewing services of your teeth fit together, or your bite. If the occlusion needs correcting neuromuscular dentistry is used to measure and determine the optimal position of the patients jaw. Once the appropriate position is determined, the patients jaw can be corrected with an orthotic, which is a dental appliance that fits over the top of the lower teeth to reposition the jaw.
Veneers: Veneers are a wafer-thin dental material fabricated to match your original tooth color. Veneers are bonded to the surface of your teeth to brighten your smile, correct gaps or spaces, straighten crooked teeth, smooth jagged edges, and cover stains.
Dental Implants: A permanent, stable, and durable treatment option for missing teeth, dental implants consist of titanium post inserted into the tooth socket in the jawbone. Due to a biochemical reaction, the titanium fuses with the bone creating a natural root. The post is and is topped with a porcelain crown fabricated to match the surrounding natural dentition.
Professional Whitening: Dental whitening can be performed in-office, or at-home, using clinical-strength whitening systems.
Bonding and Contouring: Bonding is a cheaper and quicker way, as opposed to veneers, to correct jagged edges, gaps and spaces, cracks, chips, discolorations, and stains. A composite resin material designed to match surrounding dentition is applied and shaped, and is as hard and durable as the original tooth. Contouring consists of reshaping the teeth by lightly grinding them down if they are jagged, misshapen, or too large.
Gum Lifting: A laser is used during gum lift procedures to remove and reshape excess gingival tissue, so it is proportionate to the tooth.
Conditions That Might Warrant A Full-Mouth Rehabilitation
The following are some symptoms that might indicate that you could be a candidate for full mouth rehabilitation:
- Loose Teeth
- Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Dental restorations that continue to crack, chip, or break
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Painful or sore jaw joints
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
- Pain in the face, neck, shoulders, and upper back
- Stiff or limited movement of the jaw
- Locking jaw or a jaw that makes clicking or grating sounds
- Unexplained numbness in arms and fingers and Arms
- Undiagnosed plugged ears
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing expert family and cosmetic dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds highly-respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule your consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States