Reconstruction is the ultimate service for dental implant patients, and also for patients who may not need implants, but who have bad teeth. Full Mouth Reconstruction is not just replacing old crowns and fillings with new ones. It is a comprehensive rehabilitation therapy and a complex process that involves not only teeth, but the treatment of the entire mouth. It is imperative that the new bite, of all the teeth, must be in harmony with the movements of the jaw. A variety 0f muscles, tendons, nerves and supporting bone structures in the head, face, neck, shoulders, are part of the bite.
They must work in maximum function and comfort for the patient. This will prevent further loss, trauma and harm to the structures of the teeth.
The number of implants necessary varies depending on your particular anatomy, the opposing teeth, the type of bridge you want to have placed and the number of teeth you want or need to replace with the prosthesis. A full arch of implants can be placed when you are already missing all teeth in one of your jaws. If you have teeth remaining, they may need to be removed as a first step before implant surgery can proceed, or sometimes the teeth may be extracted and implants placed immediately after the teeth have been removed. If there are teeth remaining, you may be able to have a temporary fixed-bridge made by your dentist to help transition from your own teeth to implants.
- To restore form and function of the teeth
- To be able to eat whatever food you wish, without fear or embarrassment
- Excessive, generalized tooth wear
- Over closure, collapsed bite, of the jaw
- Missing multiple teeth, collapses the bite
Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported full bridges or dentures are designed to be long lasting. Implant-supported full bridges and dentures also are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing you to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity.
In addition, because implant-supported full bridges and dentures will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With conventional dentures, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
In the long term, implants can be more esthetic and easier to maintain than conventional dentures. The loss of bone that accompanies conventional dentures leads to recession of the jawbone and a collapsed, unattractive smile. Conventional dentures make it difficult to eat certain foods.