Dentistry has come a long way. Just a hundred years ago, a person with missing, damaged or badly-shaped teeth had no choice but to just live with it. Dentists were able to do relatively little about such problems. However, today this is no longer the case. Dental treatments now are so smooth and powerful that they can almost seem miraculous.
In our society, an even, white smile is valued and considered a sign of health and even prosperity. Damaged, broken or missing teeth can keep a person from wanting to smile. Some people even hold their hands over their mouths when talking, just so no one can see their damaged teeth.
But the effects of damaged teeth go much further than an impaired appearance. For example, when a few teeth are lost, the whole structure of the mouth is thrown out of balance. Teeth begin to move side to side or grow farther up or down into the open spaces. If teeth no longer meet together correctly, it can make it hard to chew food. Plus, infected teeth or gums can spread disease throughout the body.
When a person is suffering from significant dental problems, they may be a candidate for a “full mouth reconstruction.”
What is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
“Full mouth reconstruction” refers to the process of correcting and restoring a large number of teeth, so that many dental problems are corrected at one time. A person may have missing teeth, gum disease and infections. However, by the end of a full mouth reconstruction, all of these issues are fully solved and the patient walks out with an entirely new smile.
Sometimes people think that addressing dental problems will take a long time. However, in many cases their issues can be fixed in a single visit. Even if several visits are required, the most deteriorated mouths can be solved.
One of the “miracles” of modern dentistry, a full mouth reconstruction is one of the fastest and easiest ways to address a large number of dental problems. With literally one treatment plan, a person’s entire smile can be transformed.
How a Full Mouth Reconstruction Works
A full mouth reconstruction starts with an office visit where a patient requests a treatment plan to solve all of his dental issues. From there, his dentist will work behind the scenes with other types of dental specialists to develop a tailor-made treatment plan which addresses all his problems.
All existing teeth are inspected to see which can be saved. Implants are recommended for any missing teeth. Cracked, worn or fractured teeth that are otherwise sound may crowns to preserve and strengthen them.
In a few cases, jaw surgery may be needed to correct problems with jaw shape or the temporomandibular (TMJ) joint right in front of the ear. At Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center, Dr. Virginia Lee spent more than a decade of college, dental school and residency training learning to be an excellent oral surgeon, and then followed that with nearly two decades of daily experience in practice. So she can even take on this part of the repair.
The Difference at Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center
Dr. Lee knows how to make patients comfortable and reduce trauma and worry as much as possible. Many of our patients say they have minimal or no pain and swelling after they leave. Dr. Lee is well known for her precision work when doing bone grafts, dental implants or extractions. All staff receive continuous updates to their training so that dental services and administrative procedures are always efficient and completely up to date.
The best part of a full mouth reconstructions is the final result: a person who is happy to smile—any time, any place. At Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center, we’re thrilled to see our patients shine with pride—and to know that we helped improve their health and overall well-being.
If you think you may be a candidate for a full mouth reconstruction or have been putting off dental work, call us at Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center for a free evaluation. Our telephone number is (202) 296-6600. We look forward to hearing from you.