Full Mouth Rehabilitation

 

Full mouth rehabilitation is a dental treatment that addresses and corrects poorly aligned jaws and worn, missing, broken or crooked teeth. Blending the science of neuromuscular dentistry with the artistry of cosmetic dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation creates smiles that are as beautiful as they are healthy and functional.

 

You will need Full Mouth Rehabilitation for any of the following

  • Teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma
  • Teeth that have been injured or fractured
  • Teeth that have become severely worn as a result of long term acid erosion ( foods, beverages, acid reflux) or teeth grinding
  • On going complaints of jaw and muscle pain and headache requiring adjustments to the bite (occlusion).

 

After examining the condition of your teeth the Surgeon may decide upon all or a combination of the following procedures.

 

Root Canal Procedure

 

Root Canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. A root canal procedure is performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During a Root Canal Procedure the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

 

You require a Root Canal Procedure if any of these symptoms are present

  • Severe toothache upon chewing or application of pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity (pain) to hot or cold temperatures (after the heat or cold has been removed)
  • Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums

 

At Dr. Romana’s Dental Clinic we use local anesthesia and or  lasers for the Root Canal Procedure to make it absolutely painless and comfortable for the patients.

 

Root canal treatment is highly successful, the procedure has more than a 95% success rate. Many teeth fixed with root canal therapy can last a lifetime.

 

Ceramic / Zirconia Crowns

After the Root Canal Procedure further restoration of the tooth is required. Because a tooth that needs root canal therapy often is one that has a large filling or extensive decay or other weakness. A Crown often needs to be placed on the tooth to protect it, prevent it from breaking and restore it to full function. You have a choice of a Ceramic Crown or a Zirconia Crown. This will be explained to you by your dentist.

 

 

Bridges

 

One or more missing teeth can adversely affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can cause a change in occlusion (bite), shifting of the teeth, Temporo Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), speech impediments, an increased risk of periodontal disease and a greater chance of tooth decay.

 

Dental Bridges, like Implants and Partial Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. There are several types of Dental Bridges.

 

Dental Bridges can be made from a combination of porcelain and metal or exclusively with high strength metal-free materials such as Zirconia. Depending upon the number of consecutive teeth you are missing, your Bridge could be three or more units; two crowns that are cemented to the teeth on either side of the space, plus one or more false teeth to fill the space.

 

After your Dental Bridge has been cemented into place, the dentist will provide you with hygiene information to maintain the performance and longevity of your Bridge along with the health of your teeth and gums. You should use a dental floss thoroughly clean the areas surrounding your Bridge and between the teeth and gums. It should be used daily to prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria.

 

Partial and Complete Dentures

 

Complete Dentures are used to replace missing teeth for people with no remaining teeth. Dentures may also be used for people who have lost several teeth. In this case, the appliance is called a Partial Denture.

 

Tooth loss may result from gum diseases, tooth decay or traumatic injury. It is very important to replace missing teeth as it may cause shifting of remaining teeth, inability to bite and chew properly as well as a sagging facial appearance, which makes you appear older than you are.

 

Dentures are designed to be both comfortable and functional. They are very similar in appearance to

natural teeth and can improve your smile or facial appearance.

 

 

Implants

 

If you loose teeth, you might feel too self conscious to smile or talk. Additionally, biting irregularities can have a negative effect on your eating habits, leading to secondary health problems like malnutrition.

 

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots (made of Titanium metal) used to support restoration of missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide you with the strength and stability required to eat all the foods you love, without struggling to chew. Additionally they stimulate and maintain jaw bone, preventing bone loss and helping to maintain facial features.

 

Today, dental implant restorations are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. This appearance is aided in part by the structural and functional connection between the dental implant and living bone.

 

Depending on the condition of your jaw bone, oral tissues, oral hygiene and commitment to follow after care instructions, we will advise you of the most appropriate implant treatment plan. If you have insufficient bone or gum tissue, you will require bone or soft tissue grafts and /or the use of small diameter implants which are also called mini implants.

 

There are 2 types of Dental Implants:

 

Two Stage Implants - This involves surgery to place the implant in the jaw bone and closing the gum tissue with sutures. After healing, a minor surgery is performed to expose the implant and attach a crown.

 

Single Stage Implants – This involves surgically placing a longer implant into the jaw with the top of the implant, level with the gum tissue, after which the gum tissue is closed (stitched), leaving the implant head visible. After healing the Crown can be attached without the need of a second surgery to expose the implant head.