Full Mouth Restoration
At East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery we are always happy to give patients the smile they have always dreamed of. One of the most life-changing line of procedures we offer is a full mouth restoration, and it has changed the lives of many people who need of their entire set of teeth repaired or replaced.
What Is a Full Mouth Restoration?
When someone needs all of their teeth replaced/fixed or gums restored, a full mouth restoration is done to restore the mouth for either cosmetic or practical reasons. This falls under a multitude of different procedures depending on the needs of the patient.
If all of the teeth in the mouth are severely damaged or misaligned, full mouth implants are an excellent way to restore a smile. Titanium implants are placed in the jaw to simulate the experience and stability of natural teeth where then they are fitted with prosthetic teeth made of porcelain. Anywhere from 4 to 8 implants can be used to reconstruct an entire mouth and these are referred to as all-on-4, all-on-6, and all-on-8 implants.
Onlays and Crowns
Teeth do not always need to be extracted and replaced entirely with prosthetic teeth. If all or most of the teeth in a person’s mouth are not too damaged from decay or injury, using onlays or crowns can restore their mouth. Both of these options are typically made with similar materials such as porcelain or ceramic but they have their own use cases. A dental crown covers the entire visible crown of a tooth while an onlay fills the surface.
Gum and Osseous Surgery
Both of these procedures are similar. Osseous involves getting rid of infected/damaged bone while gum surgery involves removing similarly affected parts of the gums.
Gum and Bone Grafting
Grafting involves replacing damaged or missing gum/bone using healthy gums or bones from a different area of the patient’s mouth. The removed sections are perfectly healthy after the procedure.
Mouth reconstruction does not always involve surgery. You may be familiar with these other procedures in fact.
Dentures are custom prosthetic teeth that are placed over the gums. It is one of the more common methods of replacing all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth, delivering a smile that is less expensive than most surgical options. In addition to this, you can choose to have immediate dentures if you wish to avoid having to wait weeks for functional teeth.
Braces also fall under full mouth restoration. They actively straighten misaligned teeth for cosmetic and/or functional reasons. Invisalign accomplishes the same task as braces but they are clear and removable by the user - unlike traditional metal braces - and they have grown in popularity over the years for their aesthetics.
Talk To Us About a Better Smile
We at East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are here to help if you are experiencing problems that affect your daily life. Full mouth restoration is able to restore your smile and leave a happier you. Making an appointment with us is painless if you would like to take the next steps - you can call our office at (860) 934-7809 if you would like to see us or ask any questions.