Have your teeth changed over time and perhaps you feel constant pain and discomfort that you can’t pin down, or that your smile just doesn’t have the same esthetic appeal that it used to?
A beautiful and healthy mouth has symmetry which can be altered by illnesses, accidents and naturally in the course of aging. Changes to the symmetry of the teeth and mouth can cause functional problems to your bite or comfort and/or cosmetic problems that significantly reduce the attractiveness of your smile.
Reconstructive dentistry is the answer to these types of challenges. Its purpose is to restore the symmetry that creates a healthy, well-functioning and beautiful smile.
What does it include?
Reconstructive dentistry is a general term to describe the overall goal of restoring the balance of your oral health. Under that umbrella term, your treatment plan is designed to treat the issues you want to fix.
Rather than patching up individual problems, the benefit of this type of dentistry is that it aims to treat all of the oral, dental, and cosmetic challenges you are having in one comprehensive plan.
Although reconstructing your teeth has a cosmetic component, the primary goal is to create a healthy mouth. While doing so however, it is often possible to achieve your cosmetic goals simultaneously.
Ask your dentist to present you with a range of cosmetic dentistry options that can be included in your reconstructive treatment plan.
Who needs reconstructive dentistry?
There are a variety of reasons for choosing reconstructive dentistry. In general, if you are not happy with appearance or function of your teeth, you should discuss your current situation and your goals with your dentist.
What procedures does it include?
Your treatment plan can include a variety of possible treatments, including:
Treatments for gum disease
Not much can be done to improve your oral health without the underlying health of the gums. Gum disease presents itself in symptoms such as swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. Although gum disease can be treated, the earlier it is caught the better. Late stage gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
Fixing damaged or decaying teeth
When a tooth is severely damaged or decayed, dental crowns strengthen the tooth and protect it from cracking or breaking which could lead to loss of the tooth.
Replacing missing teeth
There are several options to replace missing teeth.
- Dental Implants are an ideal solution for patients missing teeth. Implants are permanently set in the jaw and function similar to natural teeth.
- Dental Bridges – for one or more missing teeth, dental bridges utilize neighboring teeth to support a pontic, or false tooth, that floats just above the gumline.
- Dentures – there are a number of denture alternatives for replacing one or more teeth.
TMD refers to a disorder that comes from a misaligned bite and other factors which put stress on the jaw joint. TMD can be the source of a variety of painful symptoms, from headaches to ear and neck pain.
Cosmetic dentistry includes a wide range of treatments used to create a symmetrical and attractive smile. Cosmetic treatments could include one or a combination of the following treatments: white fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges, implants and veneers.