Smiles can take a beating over a lifetime. Even if you take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing, teeth can still be lost to any combination of things, like illness or trauma. Everyday attrition can create decay or gumline erosion, and conditions like bruxism can severely wear down the teeth. In extreme cases, it may take full mouth restoration to get your smile back to its old status.
Our dentist in Northridge can recommend a treatment plan that combines two or more strategies. The right combination will depend on the severity of your case, and your commitment to invasive and sometimes prolonged dental work. Here are three main factors in full mouth reconstruction:
Dental implants—This is becoming a sort of go-to for restorative dentists, as implants are the best way to mimic the natural look and function of lost teeth. Implants are a major surgery, done in stages, and require weeks of healing between the stages.
Dental bridges—Using bridges, the dentist literally closes the gap created by lost teeth, using a replacement tooth or pontic and the adjacent, existing teeth for support.
Dental crowns and veneers—These tooth-colored composites act as shields for existing teeth that are in disrepair. Certain kinds of veneers require no alteration of existing tooth structure.
Ask our expert in full mouth reconstruction in Northridge what she can do to restore your mouth.