Are You a Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?
By Van O'Dell, DDS on February 21, 2017
If you have multiple dental problems, such as cavities, gum disease, and missing teeth, you may feel as though no amount of dental work will improve the health and appearance of your smile. The good news is that dental care has come a long way in the past few decades. At Dr. Van O’Dell Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we offer a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry treatments to treat oral health problems.
If you require multiple dental treatments, you may be a good candidate for full mouth reconstruction. Contact our North Little Rock, AR practice today to schedule an exam so Dr. O’Dell can develop your personalized full mouth reconstruction treatment plan.
The Comprehensive Exam
The first step in any full mouth reconstruction treatment plan is to determine the oral health problems that need to be addressed. We will take dental X-rays, perform a visual examination, and check the health of the gums. We may follow the exam with a regular dental cleaning, or, if you have missed several dental appointments, we may recommend a deep cleaning treatment to remove plaque and tartar that have accumulated below the gum line.
Dental Problems and Full Mouth Reconstruction
Your treatment plan will be customized to address the dental problems that we identify during your exam.
Plaque and tartar beneath the gum line, gum disease
The deep cleaning treatment, also known as root planing and scaling, allows us to clean the roots of the teeth. We will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar above and beneath the gum line. If there are rough spots on the roots, we will smooth these to prevent debris from accumulating there again. We may also use topical or oral antibiotics to eliminate the infection.
In cases of severe gum infection, we may remove diseased gum tissue, perform gum surgery so the gums fit closely against the teeth, or perform a gum graft to replace lost gum tissue.
During your exam, we will check each tooth for the presence of tooth decay. To address cavities, we will clean the infected teeth, removing any diseased tooth structure. Once all signs of decay have been removed, we will restore the tooth with a tooth-colored filling, inlay, onlay, or dental crown.
Root canal infection
During root canal therapy, we will remove any diseased pulp or tissues that reside in the central canals of the teeth. This can be accomplished with the use of special files. Once the pulp and tissues have been removed, we will fill the root canals with a rubber compound called gutta percha, and then cap the tooth with a dental crown.
If a tooth is severely damaged, it may fall out on its own or we may recommend tooth extraction. Immediate replacement of missing teeth is critical to avoiding further dental complications. We can replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth with traditional bridges or dentures, or dental implant-supported restorations.
We can improve the health and appearance of your smile with full mouth reconstruction. Contact Dr. Van O’Dell Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment with us.
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