Individuals with multiple dental issues, such as missing, damaged or decayed teeth, may be ideal candidates for full mouth reconstruction. Not to be confused with a smile makeover, which is an elective cosmetic dental treatment, full mouth reconstruction is considered medically necessary to restore health and function to the teeth and gums. The details of the multi-step treatment vary from patient to patient. Individuals missing some teeth as opposed to all teeth could benefit from implant-supported dental bridges. Atlanta Smiles & Wellness shares more in this blog post.
What Are Implant-Supported Bridges?
A conventional dental bridge is a dental appliance that replaces a missing tooth and reshapes the teeth surrounding the missing tooth. Dental crowns are placed on the shaped teeth, which support an artificial tooth called a pontic that fits in the gap left by the missing tooth.
As the name suggests, implant-supported bridges are attached to implants, which are artificial tooth roots. The implant is surgically inserted into the jaw and the pontic sits on top of the implant. Implant-supported bridges could be used to replace two or more missing teeth. Unlike conventional bridges, implant-supported bridges do not rely on natural teeth for support.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Bridges
Implant-supported bridges are an excellent choice for individuals who are in need of full mouth reconstruction and have some of their natural teeth. These bridges have a number of advantages over conventional dental bridges. First, they offer more stability since dental implants are surgically embedded into the jaw. Implant-supported bridges also do not require removal of tooth structure of the surrounding teeth. This means the surrounding teeth will remain healthy and intact, and will not be subjected to the pressure of supporting a bridge. Implant-supported bridges also stimulate the jawbone, which is important to keep it from deteriorating.
Full Mouth Reconstruction to Suit Your Dental Needs
Other restorative dental treatments can be performed at the time of full mouth reconstruction. This includes periodontal therapy to treat gum disease, and TMJ therapy with oral appliance therapy to prevent future bruxism (teeth grinding) from damaging the teeth. Root canal therapy may be performed to save a severely decayed tooth before extraction is needed. Existing teeth with extensive damage could be restored with dental crowns.
To discuss your full mouth reconstruction options, please schedule an appointment with Atlanta Smiles & Wellness. Call (404) 262-7733 or email our office today.