Many of our patients come in looking for a complete reconstruction of their teeth. This is a common issue for many people, and we offer a variety of different services to meet your needs. Full mouth reconstruction can be necessary for a variety of reasons. Traumatic injury, dental disease, or age can all play a role in the need to replace many of our permanent teeth.
Barefoot Oral Surgery has the specific knowledge and care to help you identify the best solutions for your dental needs. Call and schedule an appointment today with our friendly staff and get the smile that you deserve!
What is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Our ancestors typically only had one option when it came to replacing all of their permanent teeth. Fortunately, dental science has had “Revolutionary” advances from the days of George Washington’s wooden teeth.
Full mouth reconstruction refers to the needs of a patient to completely replace all of their permanent teeth, and often some of the underlying bone structure to support their new teeth. This can be done through a variety of ways, and Barefoot Oral Surgery has you covered. Many of our patients simply require dental implants to replace missing or damaged teeth, but we can also aid the bone structure through dental bone grafts.
Understanding Dental Implants
Dental implants are specific dental devices that will look and feel just like your natural teeth. Many dentists prefer dental implants over any other device to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are made of two different pieces. The first portion is a small titanium post that is inserted into the bone underneath your gums. There is a small portion of that post that sticks out above the gumline. This post provides the solid anchor and structure for the “tooth” that is placed on top.
mplants are designed to look, feel, and act just like your normal teeth. This means that you don’t have to purchase any specialized creams or cleansers like dentures require, and the maintenance of your implants is the same as it is with permanent teeth; brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly!
One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is their ability to not only maintain, but regrow bone around the implant. When permanent teeth fall out, the space in the jaw where they were once secured becomes even more brittle. This issue can become even worse as the body begins to resorb, or eat away at the existing bone because it is no longer needed to secure the bone. Over time, resorption can lead to loose neighboring teeth, or in extreme cases, can affect facial appearance. Dental implants not only help your body maintain this bone, but your body will actually grow new, strong bone to support the implant.
Some patients may require bone grafting before dental implants can be placed. This can be caused by bone resorption, natural aging, or damage to the jawbone. However, bone grafting helps to build up the underlying bone so that your implant can then be properly attached and secured. There are a variety of different procedures depending on a patient’s need, but our surgeon will either take some of your existing bone, and place it in the jaw, or may use a synthetic material that simulates bone. Typically, the bone graft is placed months before the implant surgery, and the graft is allowed to properly heal and begin strengthening the jaw.
If you’re considering a full mouth reconstruction, call Barefoot Oral Surgery first. Our friendly and professional staff can schedule an appointment to help you understand all of your options. We can review your specific case and recommend different procedures to get you the smile you deserve!