July 25, 2017
Maybe it hurts when you chew. Maybe you’re embarrassed about how your teeth look because they’re damaged. Either way, it’s not hard to feel discouraged and like there’s just too much work to be done.
Instead of just living with a damaged smile, call our Kansas City, MO dental office at 816-399-5539 and schedule your initial appointment for a full-mouth reconstruction. This is a plan to keep using restorative dentistry treatments until your smile is healthy again. Thankfully, our Kansas City dentist as the advanced training in restorative dentistry to know several treatments that can help.
A Damaged Mouth Needs A Full-Mouth Reconstruction
What is restorative dentistry? It’s any kind of dental treatment that repairs (or restores) the health and function of your teeth. The simple dental filling is restorative dentistry, but so is a dental implant. Even root canals are included here.
So when you have a single problem with your smile (a cavity or a lost tooth), you get a single restorative dentistry treatment (a filling or a dental implant). But what happens when you have several problems with your smile? You get several treatments.
However, these have to be done right. For example, there’s no need to get a filling placed in a tooth if that will need a root canal. The order in which you do these really matters. That’s why you need a plan before our Kansas City dentist should do the work.
That’s what a full-mouth reconstruction really is — a comprehensive plan to restore your whole smile. When you are finished with your full-mouth reconstruction, your smile will be healthy and strong just like it was “brand new.”
What Your Full-Mouth Reconstruction Can Include
At your initial appointment, our Kansas City dentist will Any treatment that restores and repairs your teeth can be included in a full-mouth reconstruction, but here are some of the most common parts of these plans.
Dental crowns are one of the most versatile and useful dental restorations out there. They can be used to repair a cracked tooth, seal up a large cavity, strengthen a tooth with weak enamel, and more. They can even hide cosmetic imperfections like deep stains or chips.
If you have a chronic toothache, even one that comes and goes, you might need a root canal. Believe it or not, modern techniques and local anesthetic can help you feel little or no discomfort during your root canal.
Even better, these restorative dentistry treatments can get rid of infected or inflamed dental pulp, end the toothache, and make sure that tooth is still healthy.
Missing a tooth is one of the most obvious signs that your smile is unhealthy. You deserve all your teeth. In fact, that gap can take away from your dental health. Not only can food collect in that space, your other teeth grow crooked without the support of the lost tooth.
That’s where a dental implant from our highly skilled Kansas City dentist can help. It’s as close to regrowing a new tooth as you can get. It features an implanted root connected to a durable but natural-looking replacement tooth.
Dental implants are great, but they do require oral surgery to place the implant in your jawbone. Some people don’t want surgery. Others have a weak or thin jawbone and cannot safely get that implanted root.
Thankfully, there is an alternative. Dental bridges replace lost teeth but do not need any surgery. Instead, the natural-looking replacement tooth is held firmly in that gap by a pair of dental crowns. While dental bridges do not last as long as dental implants, you still get a complete smile.
Cavities may be relatively simple compared to lost or cracked teeth, but they are very common. More importantly, a cavity keeps growing until the tooth needs to be removed. That’s why getting a dental filling is so important.
However, you do not have to get those unsightly metal fillings anymore. Our Kansas City dentist can help repair cavities with tooth-colored fillings. These do the same job, but they blend in with your smile instead of standing out.
Call us TODAY at 816-399-5539 or use our convenient online form to make your initial appointment for a full-mouth reconstruction. After a thorough dental exam, Dr. Stiver will discuss the results with you. Together, you’ll then make a plan for your full-mouth reconstruction — and your “brand new” smile.