Benefits of Full Mouth Reconstruction

Whether you’re one of the 42 million Americans who wears dentures, are just now facing a full-mouth extraction, or have lost your teeth to decay or a health condition, you may wonder if a full mouth reconstruction is really worth the time and expense. After all, you don’t feel much like smiling these days anyway and aren’t sure that “new teeth” will give you the confidence you desire.

But a full mouth reconstruction is about far more than your appearance. The experienced and caring team at Lakeside Family Dental in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts explain how replacing missing teeth with surgically inserted dental implants creates benefits that affect nearly every aspect of your life:

You improve your oral health  

Before you receive dental implants, your jawbone and gums must be healthy and infection-free. Our team may coordinate with other local specialists, including periodontal surgeons, to treat any outstanding oral issues you have, such as:

Depending on their findings, our providers may recommend restorative procedures, such as scaling and root planing to resolve periodontal disease, and soft-tissue or bone grafts to replace missing gums or bone.

You preserve your alveolar bone

When you chew your food with natural teeth, the force travels through the tooth’s root and into your alveolar (aka jaw) bone. The pressure stimulates your jawbone to create fresh new bone cells, known as osteoblasts, to maintain the density and strength of your jaw.

After you lose a tooth and its root, however, that portion of your jawbone no longer receives stimulating pressure when you chew. That’s why, over time, women and men who don’t replace their teeth or wear dentures that don’t fit well, start to look “short” in their lower face because they’ve lost a portion of their jaw.

Dental implants act like real teeth and real teeth roots. After you’ve replaced a tooth with a dental implant, the pressure when you chew travels down the implant (aka false root), where it stimulates your jawbone to continually rejuvenate itself.

You have a more functional bite

When our team performs full-mouth reconstruction, we take painstaking care to ensure that your new implants create a bite that’s functional and well aligned. An unbalanced bite could create complications, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD), or even headaches. If you’ve suffered from these conditions before, you may notice a significant improvement in pain, function, and comfort after your full-mouth reconstruction.

A well-aligned bite also improves how well and efficiently you chew —and subsequently digest — your food. If your natural teeth were crooked or misaligned, or if your gums and jawbone have problems that could interfere with the alignment of your implants, our team may recommend Invisalign® or other orthodontic treatments to perfect your bite.

You look and feel like yourself again

Full mouth restoration with surgically implanted dental implants looks and feels so natural that virtually nobody — including you — will know that you weren’t born with your new teeth. When custom-designing your implants, our providers take into consideration your facial and mouth shape, natural tooth shape and length, and the ideal color of your new teeth based on your skin tone.

Each implant is an individual false tooth, so you care for them just as you once cared for natural teeth: Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see the professionals at Lakeside Family Dental at least twice a year for an examination and a thorough, professional dental cleaning. One advantage of implants over natural teeth is that they’re stain-resistant, so you’ll never need a whitening treatment.

Don’t live with missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures any longer. Fully restore your teeth, your smile, and your oral health with a full-mouth reconstruction today. Call us at 508-203-4145 to request your consultation.

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