If you are hiding your smile due to severely damaged teeth, you may want to consider full mouth rehabilitation. We, at My Time Dental Centers, are proud to offer the best in cutting-edge technology and procedures with dramatic life-changing results
What is Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
Full mouth rehabilitation is an individualized treatment plan often recommended for patients who wish to correct a number of dental health issues. Unlike a smile makeover which addresses a range of cosmetic concerns simultaneously, full mouth rehabilitation works to improve both the aesthetics and function of your smile.
Are You a Candidate for a Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
Full mouth rehabilitation works for patients with severely damaged teeth due to conditions including extensive decay, advanced periodontal (gum) disease, tooth loss, crooked teeth, damaged restorations, and trauma. Patients with excessive tooth wear from erosion or grinding, missing teeth, poor occlusion (a bad bite), or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), may also benefit from full mouth rehabilitation.
The Full Mouth Rehabilitation Process
The first step of our full mouth rehabilitation involves determining your optimal jaw alignment using the latest technology, and assessing whether or not jaw joint damage has occurred. Based on our findings, we will put together an individualized treatment plan.
We use temporary restorations to test your alignment, allowing us to determine if your proposed treatments will alleviate any symptoms including headaches, clicking jaws, etc. We will make any adjustments necessary to identify your perfect alignment and the best treatment options for you.
The next step is rebuilding your teeth. This may include the use of porcelain crowns, dental veneers, bridges, dental implants, and more. A full mouth rehabilitation usually involves restoring every one of your teeth, leaving you with improved oral health and a confident smile
Moderate/Severe Tooth Wear
As the years go by, it’s perfectly normal for teeth to have some wear. However, a common problem that may call for a full mouth rehabilitation is excessive tooth wear that may interfere with the smile, along with resulting in short, gapped teeth. In some cases, the teeth don’t show, even when one is smiling.
Excessive wear can occur due to constant clenching and grinding, a condition known as bruxism or due to acids eroding the tooth enamel. Excessive wear can cause many problems including difficulty in chewing, tooth sensitivity, and chipping and fracturing of teeth. Wear can also cause bite-related problems, a painful jaw problem knows as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and nerve exposure which may result in excruciating toothaches.
Full mouth rehabilitation may include treating the conditions leading to tooth wear, including bruxism, and correcting the worn down teeth using one or more restorative procedures. These may include inlays, onlays, crowns, veneers, or in some cases, dental implants.
Full Mouth Crown and Bridge
Full Mouth Rehabilitation sometimes involves completely replacing or modifying damaged teeth. In some cases, a patient will require full mouth crown and bridge work to correct a worn down bite.
Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that we cement onto existing teeth or implants. These restorations are used to cap damaged teeth or cover implants entirely. Bridges, on the other hand, are restorations attached to natural teeth or implants to replace one or more missing teeth. Crowns and bridges are also used to improve the appearance of the smile, along with correcting a dental occlusion (bite). The result is perfect teeth and a beautiful smile.
Vertical Dimension Change
A bite collapse, also known as loss of vertical dimension of occlusion, can happen due to aggressive grinding that reduces the biting surface to the extent that the upper and lower jaws rotate closer together than normal. This can also occur when teeth are lost and the ones remaining are unable to withstand normal chewing forces, which results in teeth tipping sideways, causing a bite collapse.
Vertical dimension change may require replacing missing teeth, repairing remaining ones using fillings, veneers, inlay, onlays, and/or crowns, and/or orthodontic treatment to straighten tipped or displaced teeth. If a patient suffers from habitual teeth grinding, we may recommend a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect the restored teeth from damage.
A smile design involves planning treatments for a complete smile makeover. This includes some elective procedures along with some necessary ones, with the main focus being improving the esthetic appearance of the smile. Treatments may include whitening, tooth colored fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns, veneers, implants, dentures, orthodontic treatment, and more. Many of the techniques we use for full mouth rehabilitation are also used to ensure the long-term success of smile makeovers.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation Near Me
Contact My Time Dental Centers in Mesa, AZ to learn more about full mouth rehabilitation and how it can enhance the quality of your life. We are proud to offer cutting-edge technology and procedures at our state-of-the-art facility. With our expertise and extensive experience, you can count on us for incredible results. We look forward to helping you enjoy a healthy, confident smile.