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Eat Normally Again With The Help Of A Full Mouth Reconstruction
The process of full a mouth reconstruction restores a person's bite and allows them to eat the things they enjoy. It also provides patients with an improved overall smile.
People with damaged or broken teeth often have problems breaking down foods when eating. It increases their risk of choking while eating since they end up swallowing larger bits of food. Long-term, it can lead to gastrointestinal issues. Thankfully, a full mouth reconstruction can help reduce and eliminate problems with eating.
Restoring the function of teeth with full mouth reconstruction
Teeth can be restored with a handful of treatments used during full mouth reconstructions. The most common procedures are outlined below.
1. Composite bonding
This full mouth reconstruction procedure is typically performed to restore minor damage to teeth. It does not require any permanent changes to be made to the tooth. The tooth is roughened with an etching solution and composite resins are applied to it, in layers. The composite is cured with ultraviolet light and it is polished to finish off the treatment.
Composite bonding can be used to fix issues like chipped teeth, broken teeth and deformed teeth, thus allowing for smoother and easier eating. Repairs made with composites can last up to five years with good oral hygiene.
2. Dental crowns
Another popular full mouth reconstruction procedure uses dental crowns, which can protect severely damaged teeth and restore their function. Also known as a cap, the crown covers the visible part of the tooth. It keeps saliva, acids and oral bacteria from the tooth and protects it from forces generated when chewing. The crown is tooth-shaped and it performs all the functions of a real tooth. The patient can eat normally, without worry or problems.
The installation of dental crowns during a full mouth reconstruction requires the removal of enamel from all sides of the tooth. This process cannot be reversed and the tooth will always need to be protected with a crown from that point forward. Crowns are long-lasting restorations that patients can rely on for the rest of their lives, so long as good oral hygiene is maintained.
Implants are frequently used during full mouth reconstructions and they are artificial teeth roots that a dentist places in the patient's jaw. It serves as a foundation for oral restorations like crowns, dentures or bridges, which are used to replace missing teeth. The installation of implants requires the patient to be healthy enough for oral surgery. It also requires them to have an adequate amount of jawbone tissue to hold the implant in place.
People with health conditions that slow down their ability to recover from minor oral surgery might not be eligible for implants. Those with inadequate amounts of jawbone tissue to hold implants in place can get bone grafts to hold implants in place. They will need to be fully healed from their bone graft before proceeding with implants.
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