10 Questions About Implants for a Full Mouth Restoration
Transform your smile with a full mouth restoration.
Are you ready to totally transform your smile? If chronic dental issues are impacting your quality of life, then a full mouth restoration can help.
If your dentist recommends one, you’ll understandably have a few questions about the procedure. After all, this is a life-changing process that can alleviate discomfort, improve your oral function, and renew your appearance.
We’re here to help. Today, we’re answering 10 of the most common questions we see in our office about our full mouth restoration services.
1. What is a full mouth restoration?
A full mouth restoration or reconstruction isn’t a single procedure. Rather, it can involve a number of different restorative dental procedures, including:
- Periodontal care.
- Dental crowns.
- Dental bridges.
- Dental implants.
Through some or all of these treatments, your dentist will be able to rebuild, restore, or replace most or all of the teeth in your upper and lower jaws.
2. What are dental implants?
Dental implants are one type of restorative dental procedure. Dentists usually recommend them for patients who are missing one or more teeth, or for those who are suffering from ill-fitting dentures.
The implant itself operates like a screw. Your dentist will place it where your tooth root once was. In time, it will securely fuse with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Then, your dentist will place a dental crown, bridge, or denture on top, depending on your needs.
These are designed to closely mimic your natural teeth in both form and function. Unlike dentures, they are not removable.
3. What other dental treatments are available?
In addition to dental crowns, bridges, and dentures, there are many other treatments that your dentist may recommend as part of a full mouth restoration. These include, among others:
- Dental fillings.
- Porcelain veneers.
- Gum contouring.
- Tooth extractions.
- Tooth whitening.
In some cases, your dentist may recommend treatments to address other underlying issues that could affect your dental health. These include orthodontic treatments as well as procedures to address periodontal disease.
4. What kinds of issues do they treat?
Full mouth restorations are best suited for people who have multiple dental problems or concerns. This includes teeth that are cracked, crooked, broken, decayed, damaged, missing, misshapen, or severely stained.
In addition, a restoration can also help patients who suffer from gum disease or periodontitis. It can also relieve sensitivity due to tooth decay or damage, as well as address bite issues. Finally, there are also restorative treatments that can relieve stress and pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and jaw muscles.
5. What kind of patients are full mouth restorations best for?
A dentist may recommend a full mouth restoration for someone who is experiencing multiple dental issues at the same time.
If the issue is isolated to one or two teeth, then a dental implant might be all you need. However, if the issue is more widespread, then it’s usually quicker, easier, and more cost-effective to address your entire mouth all at once rather than schedule multiple procedures. This is especially the case if your dental issues are ones that would be best to address together.
6. How long does a full mouth restoration take?
There is no one-size-fits-all timeframe for a full mouth restoration.
Rather, Dr. Alhadef will work with you to develop a customized plan that focuses specifically on the areas you want to address. The exact length of your treatment and recovery will depend on the services provided. The goals you have for your smile will naturally differ from someone else’s, so this type of dedicated, specialized care is a must.
Most patients can expect to spend at least a few months on these treatments. Of course, this depends on the severity of the problems you want to treat. Some people are done in a month, while others will take a year or more to recover.
7. How do I know which procedures I need?
Looking at the long list of available treatments options and feeling a little unsure? That’s what Dr. Alhadef is here for! At your initial consultation, you’ll discuss what’s currently bothering you, as well as your vision for the future.
Dr. Alhadef will use this information to suggest viable restorative procedures. Once you’ve received a full breakdown of your treatment options, he will also take the time to listen to your questions and address any of your concerns.
8. What tools and technology are used?
Today, dental offices are more tech-savvy than ever before. Thanks to innovations in smart, automated technology, dentists can now get a clearer and more accurate view of your mouth.
For this reason, Dr. Alhadef uses state-of-the-art machines during a full mouth restoration. This includes making 3D digital models of your teeth and bite, which he uses to help you envision your future smile. Even procedures such as dental crowns, which used to be time-consuming and laborious to design, mill, and place, can now be completed in a single afternoon!
This expedited timeline is made possible through Dr. Alhadef’s CEREC system, which uses 3D photography and computer-aided design manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to restore your teeth without the use of impressions.
Another example of dental technology is the dental laser. Nearly painless and extremely precise, these lasers are ideal for treating gum disease, as well as cavities. They can even be used to perform gum contouring if that’s part of your recommended treatment plan.
9. Does it hurt?
Our dental team is highly trained in making any visit to our office as comfortable as possible. You should not be in pain during any of your treatments.
However, we understand that you may be a little apprehensive, especially on that initial visit. Many patients prefer sedation dentistry to help ease these anxieties. Sedation dentistry is usually recommended for people who fear needles, have a strong gag reflex, or suffer from a range of physical disabilities.
10. What is the recovery period like?
Dr. Alhadef will create a custom recovery plan that clearly explains the steps you should take once you return home. These may range from avoiding certain chewing surfaces to only eating soft foods for a while.
Again, this is why the initial consultation is key! At this time, you’ll learn the ins and outs of each procedure so you can do your part to ensure the long-term success of each treatment.
Learn more about our full mouth restoration services.
A full mouth restoration is the smile makeover you deserve. If you’re looking for a North Dallas cosmetic dentist, then we’d love to be that home for you. Dr. Alhadef is skilled and experienced at each of these treatments, and will work with you to create a tailored plan that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.
To learn more about the different services that we offer, feel free to contact us today!