Many patients who experience an accident will opt for a full mouth reconstruction, restoring a healthy bite and a healthy smile. Thanks to the specialized skills of our doctors here at ToothDocs, with locations in Roslyn, New York, and two offices in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The team offer full mouth reconstructions. ToothDocs is committed to addressing all your dental needs. To schedule an appointment, call ToothDocs, or book online today.
What is involved in a full mouth reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is entirely dependent upon the extent of the damage that the patient suffers. Since dental trauma is unpredictable, each injury is unique from another. Even if two people damage their teeth in the same accident, both may damage different areas of the teeth. To determine what procedures the patient needs, we will first conduct a physical examination and then take X-rays.
This examination will show us all of the areas that we need to address. When creating a treatment plan, we will start by addressing any immediate needs of the patient. For example, if a patient has several damaged teeth, it is crucial to restore these teeth prior to trying to replace any lost teeth. This process will minimize the patient’s discomfort.
Next, we will address any aesthetic challenges that the patient has as a result of the accident. Since multiple procedures are involved in a full mouth reconstruction, it may take several months for them all to be completed. It is important, however, to do things systematically so as not to further irritate the teeth and gums.
What types of dental trauma often require treatment?
While there are minor cases of dental trauma that may only require a small amount of dental bonding, more serious accidents that require full mouth reconstruction will likely exhibit some of the following problems:
You’ll notice that some of these issues may be a direct result of your accident (such as broken teeth, missing teeth, or skeletal injuries), while others may be underlying problems that are oftentimes discovered only after an accident (like decaying teeth or eroded enamel).
If you’ve been in a car accident that damaged your teeth, a full mouth reconstruction can be an essential part of putting the trauma behind you.
Although there are many protective technologies to help prevent injury to you during a car accident, they are not able to stop every injury. And while many injuries can and will heal on their own, damaged teeth will not. That’s why it requires the help of a dentist in reconstructing your smile to make sure you get back your beautiful smile.
But you shouldn’t seek out just any dentist for this type of procedure. A dentist skilled in cosmetic dentistry can help ensure you get a beautiful smile that looks natural. And a dentist who understands neuromuscular dentistry can help ensure your bite is properly balanced so you can minimize the risk of developing TMJ after your accident.
If one or multiple teeth have broken or shattered beyond repair, then an extraction may be required. We’ll quickly administer anesthetics to remove any pain and then get to work clearing the broken tooth.
If the remaining bits of tooth are too small when we attempt to extract it, then we will make several small incisions in your gum and expose the tooth’s roots. If required, we will remove some of the surrounding bone, which will allow the tooth to be removed. Once the damaged tooth is clear, we close the incisions with stitches that dissolve in a week’s time.
The next phase of full mouth reconstruction will be implants, but patients who experience bone loss may not have enough bone support for dental implant restoration surgery.
Bone grafting fixes this problem by rebuilding the patient’s jaw, using human bone to create a better foundation for the dental implants. Bone grafting can also correct serious jaw problems and support proper healing.
Repairing Damaged Teeth
Teeth can suffer many degrees of tooth damage in a car accident. Minor tooth injuries like chips are the easiest to deal with. Dental bonding can quickly repair them, but porcelain veneers can provide a more attractive and more durable restoration.
If the damage to a tooth is more severe, you may need a dental crown to protect the tooth and restore its function. In some cases, the interior of the tooth may have been compromised.
A skilled cosmetic dentist like our team in ToothDocs can make sure the restorations on your teeth look natural and beautiful.
Once the shattered teeth have been cleared, the gums have healed, and any required bone grafting is complete, we can begin replacing the missing teeth. Missing teeth obviously affects the way we look or speak, but missing teeth can also compromise your oral health by creating extra pressure on surrounding teeth or causing your jawbone to deteriorate.
Replace the Missing Teeth
For these reasons, we highly recommend replacing missing teeth. Traditionally, these were replaced by removable dentures. However, most people today are unhappy with dentures for the following reasons:
If you have a healthy mouth and are looking for a more permanent solution, then dental implants are most likely the best path to reconstructing your mouth.
If you’ve had an accident and need to replace missing teeth, then dental implants offer an excellent, permanent solution. They feel more like your actual teeth than dentures or a bridge, and they do not require neighboring teeth to be crowned.
Implants can replace individual teeth or entire rows of teeth, if required. Placing implants is a two-step process.
During your first visit, we will insert a titanium post into your gums and jawbone. We will, of course, numb the area and ensure it is pain free. Most patients describe these implants as painless or only mildly (and temporarily) painful after they leave the office. The length of this first visit will obviously depend on the number of teeth that require implants.
After the titanium implants are placed, you will need to wait for a few months before the rest of the procedure is completed. We need to provide enough time for the implant to become firmly planted into your jaw. If you’re replacing front teeth, a temporary denture can be provided so you don’t walk around with missing teeth for several months.
After a few months, we will place the new teeth onto the implants. Each tooth is made in a laboratory, matched to the exact shading of your teeth. We blend the new teeth into your bite so that they function effectively and comfortably. You should expect the new tooth to be comfortable and to look and function just like a natural tooth.
Restoring Your Bite
But as important as repairing or replacing your individual teeth is ensuring that all your teeth work together again as they should. The forces in a car accident can displace your jaw, which can lead to jaw dysfunction known as TMJ. When this occurs, your bite may feel off. Your jaw may pop and click. And you can experience jaw pain, headaches, and other problems. Plus your newly reconstructed teeth may be damaged by your bite.
Veneers are about the thickness of a contact lens, covering the front of your teeth. It’s important to note that veneers are a non-reversible procedure, but if you’ve experienced severe breakage or chipping (especially with your front teeth), then veneers may be a perfect option for you.
A full mouth reconstruction will address both the appearance and functionality of your smile.
When we are creating a plan, we will incorporate treatments that address both the way that the smile functions and how it appears. Many of the solutions we offer address both at the same time. For example, a dental crown can restore a cracked or chipped tooth since it is a cap that fully covers it. We can create the crowns using the tooth-colored material so that it also blends in and looks like a natural tooth.
In some cases, we will place a crown on damaged teeth and the ones next to it for an improved appearance. Another example of this is when we place dental implants. If a patient loses teeth in an accident, we will replace them as part of the full mouth reconstruction. Implants are the best way to do so because we replace both the tooth and the root. The implanted titanium post provides stimulation that the jawbone needs to prevent resorption. It serves as a sturdy anchor for a new, beautiful tooth to be attached to as well.
In this way, an implant improves both the appearance of your smile and strength of the jawbone at the same time. Whenever we are completing a reconstruction, we will suggest solutions that can achieve multiple goals by looking natural and giving you the full functionality of your mouth.
To learn more or to schedule a consultation with ToothDocs, call or book an appointment today.