Full Mouth Reconstruction Involving Dental Implants
There are many oral health problems that can compromise the strength, health, and beauty of the smile. Often, issues are compounded, so a single restorative dentistry treatment is not enough to repair the smile. When multiple dental problems are present at once, individuals can undergo full mouth reconstruction.
Full mouth reconstruction restores the smile by combining necessary restorative dentistry treatments. Tooth loss is a common concern for our Victoria, BC, patients at Elements Dental, so it is common for our dentists to perform full mouth reconstruction with dental implants. This procedure fills in gaps left by missing teeth and enhances a person’s overall oral health.
Scheduling Dental Implants during Full Mouth Reconstruction
Prior to performing dental implant treatment, it is vital that the surrounding gums, teeth, and jaw are in good health. The mouth needs to be in good health so that tissues heal in a timely manner, and dental implants are able to fuse with surrounding jawbone tissues. To support the success of dental implant treatment, our dentists are likely to perform other aspects of full mouth reconstruction before scheduling dental implant treatment.
In addition to dental implants, restorative dentistry treatments that may be a part of full mouth reconstruction for our Victoria patients include:
- Dental fillings
- Dental crowns
- Root canal therapy
- Periodontal treatment
Our dentists will combine any necessary restorative dentistry treatments in as few procedures as possible so that we can quickly and effectively address oral health problems. Once other treatments are complete, we can begin the dental implant process to provide our patients with a strong and durable replacement for missing teeth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implant treatment takes place in several stages. To start, the dental implants will be placed during an oral surgery procedure. A small incision is made in the gum line so that dental implants, which are tiny titanium screws, can be placed into the jaw beneath the area of tooth loss. Depending on how many teeth are missing, we may place a series of implants. When implants are in place, incisions will be closed.
Over the next several months, the gums will heal and the implants will (ideally) fuse with the bone, in a process called osseointegration. The next phase of treatment will be scheduled after osseointegration has taken place. During this phase of treatment, another incision is made, and small metal posts are attached to the implants. These posts will protrude from the gum line.
When the gums have healed from the second phase of dental implant treatment, the final procedure will be scheduled. At this appointment, dental restorations will be bonded to dental implants via the metal posts. Dental implants can support dental crowns, dental bridges, or permanent dentures, depending on each of our Victoria patients’ unique needs.
Benefits of Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction treatment involving dental implants provides patients with a number of benefits:
- Full mouth reconstruction restores oral functions
- Full mouth reconstruction improves oral health
- Full mouth reconstruction can enhance the appearance of the smile
- Dental implants provide superior support, strength, and stability for dental restorations
- Dental implants stimulate the jaw so that the bone will not deteriorate
If your smile is suffering from tooth loss and extensive dental damage, the team of dentists at Elements Dental can help you restore a smile that is healthy and beautiful. To learn more about full mouth reconstruction with dental implants, send us a message at your earliest convenience or call our practice at (250) 382-5233.