Options for Full-Mouth Reconstruction
Here at the offices of Dr. Robert M. Walley, we see patients with all sorts of different dental issues impacting the quality of their smiles. While many of those patients require only a routine cleaning or cavity filling, there also are plenty of people that have lost or damaged teeth and are interested in undergoing full-mouth reconstruction to restore their smile to its former glory.
Ways Patients Can Undergo Full-Mouth Reconstruction
Thankfully, there are a number of ways that we can undertake that reconstruction. The following are a few different options for dental reconstruction:
One of the most common approaches to replacing a single lost tooth is a dental implant, which involves the installation of a metal post into the jaw that serves as an anchor for a false tooth that looks and feels exactly like the real thing. This option presents a strong, permanent solution to fill in that gap, and the false tooth is durable, stable, and long-lasting.
Bridges are a less invasive option for those that have enough healthy teeth to support one. Just like an actual bridge crosses over a gap in the landscape, a dental bridge can fill the gap in a smile by using adjacent teeth to support a prosthetic tooth or teeth suspended in between. Dr. Walley offers a few different types of bridge options depending on where the gap is and how strong the remaining teeth are, but this can serve as a reasonable solution for those in search of dental reconstruction.
Sometimes teeth are not missing, but rather are chipped or damaged in a way that would require a crown, which covers the cracked or chipped tooth with a tooth-shaped cap that restores the shape, size, strength and appearance of the tooth. Not only do cracked teeth look bad, but they can cause infection if left unattended. Crowns are an easy solution for that.
Like crowns, veneers are made of synthetic material that looks and behaves exactly like real teeth, though the major difference is that these attach to the front of the tooth instead of capping the entire tooth. They are bonded to the front of teeth to change the color, shape, size, or length of a problem tooth.
One option for those considering total mouth reconstruction is dentures, which becomes an option when a patient has lost so many teeth that implants are not financially feasible. Dentures are a more affordable option for those that want their smile and chewing functionality back in a mouth in need of a lot of attention.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are in need of any full-mouth reconstruction treatment, come see your general dentist here in San Francisco to have one of these options improve your smile. Dr. Walley has a lot of experience with all of these different options, so whichever you choose, just know that we will help get your teeth back in proper working order so your teeth can look, feel, and chew the way they once did.
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