Most of us take our oral hygiene for granted. We think more about our car and its oil change schedule than we do about our teeth. If you have good genes, this may never come back to bite you (pardon the pun). But for others, their oral health can be complicated.
Sometimes a little inattentive care here, coupled with a few missed appointments there, and things can change quickly. Problems such as extensive decay, gum disease, alignment, and bite problems begin to build upon one another until every tooth, and your soft tissues need attention. This is called a full-mouth reconstruction, and as prosthodontists, Dr. Roberts and Dr. Sirota are especially suited for addressing the variety of issues requiring attention.
A good New Year’s resolution would be to restore your oral health with a full-mouth restoration at Prosthodontics of New York.
What is full-mouth reconstruction?
Full-mouth reconstruction involves all of the teeth and soft tissues. The goal is to take a severely challenged oral health condition and return it to health. Full-mouth reconstruction may involve replacing missing teeth, repairing damaged teeth, and correcting improperly aligned jaw joints and your overall bite. Dr. Roberts and Dr. Sirota can perform the procedures needed, but if the expertise of a particular specialist such as a periodontist is needed, we will enlist their help, as well.
What procedures are included in full-mouth reconstruction?
Full-mouth reconstruction isn’t an overnight solution; it involves a commitment that may require a full year from start to finish. After your consultation with Dr. Roberts or Dr. Sirota, we will map out a treatment plan. Of course, this plan is unique to your specific problems. These are the procedures that may be included:
- Restorative dental treatments — Dental crowns, bridges, fillings, inlays, and onlays
- Implant dentistry — Implants to replace missing teeth, and to provide anchor points for appliances such as bridges
- Cosmetic dentistry — Porcelain veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, gum re-contouring
- Bruxism treatment — Measures to end bruxism (tooth grinding)
- Orthodontics — Traditional braces, Invisalign, spacers, expanders, and retainers, all with the intent of moving the teeth into the proper locations
- Oral surgery — Root canals, soft and hard tissue grafting, extractions
- Periodontal treatments — Gum scaling, root planting, and periodontal surgery to address gum disease
Is a full-mouth reconstruction the same as a smile makeover?
Smile makeovers are merely cosmetic. They improve the appearance of the smile but don’t address problems such as decay, gum disease, or missing teeth. Full-mouth reconstruction gives our patients back their beautiful smile, but it involves restoration of damaged areas.
Are you ready to stem the tide of your failing oral health? Maybe 2019 is the time. Contact us at Prosthodontics of New York, (212) 758-9690; we can handle the variety of procedures needed and get your smile back on track for the New Year.