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Full Mouth Reconstruction Procedures

Posted on June 15, 2012 — by Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S.

Full Mouth Reconstruction ProceduresWe always stress to our patients just how important preventative care is for a healthy, beautiful smile. Yet sometimes tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems can happen, which is why it’s so important to visit our Knoxville cosmetic dentistry center for a full mouth reconstruction. Our team will help you feel great about your smile again after your treatment is completed.

What is a full mouth reconstruction?

A full mouth reconstruction refers to a combination of multiple restorative dentistry treatments performed in order to improve the overall dental health of a patient. Since dental problems usually do not come one at a time, the full mouth reconstruction will be able to address multiple dental problems simultaneously. Below is a list of some common full mouth reconstruction procedures and little commentary on how they can help you.

Dental Fillings

For cavities and minor tooth decay, you can’t go wrong with dental fillings. These will help restore the strength and integrity of a tooth. Our cosmetic and restorative dentist in Knoxville prefers to use tooth-colored fillings, which blend in seamlessly with your existing teeth.

Inlays and Onlays

For substantial tooth decay that is too serious for a basic dental filling, it’s important to turn to inlays and onlays. These dental restorations are essentially like larger dental fillings, though they are designed to replace larger sections of decayed tooth structure, such as the cusps (the biting surfaces of teeth).

Dental Crowns

When you have serious tooth decay or tooth damage, the best option for treatment is dental crowns. These caps are placed over a tooth, protecting it from further damage, giving the tooth an appealing appearance, and reducing any pain or sensitivity you may experience from the tooth damage.

Dental Bridges

When you are missing a tooth or a few teeth, it’s important to fill the gaps that are left behind. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap when you are missing teeth. They are held in place by bracing around your remaining teeth and gum structure.

Dentures

For major tooth loss that cannot sustain a dental bridge, dentures are your best option. Dentures are held in place using your gun structure, and the hold can be enhanced with dental adhesives.

Dental Implants

For the best possible hold of artificial teeth, Knoxville dental implants are the answer. These artificial tooth roots are surgically placed into the soft tissues and bone structure of the mouth. Dentures, dental bridges, or individual dental crowns will not slip out of place if you have dental implants.

Periodontal Treatments

Gum disease can lead to many serious issues, including gum recession and tooth decay under the gumline. Periodontal treatments are performed in order to address the infection of the soft tissues and rebuild lost gum tissue.

TMJ Disorder Treatment

Jaw joint issues are quite common given the complexity of that part of the body. Many people experience clicking, popping, crunching, locking, or grinding of the jaw joint, which can be quite painful. Issues with this joint (the temporomandibular joint) are referred to as TMJ disorders. There are numerous ways that these can be dealt with.

Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dental Care

For more information about your many options for enhanced dental health and excellent dental care, be sure to contact our Knoxville cosmetic dentistry practice today. Our entire team looks forward to discussing all of your treatment options in greater detail.

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