Bringing Back Your Oral Health with Full-Mouth Rejuvenation
- Posted on: Sep 30 2017
In cases where a patient has a variety of oral health issues, full-mouth rejuvenation may be in order. Teeth may be missing. Others may be severely decayed. There may be varying degrees of gum disease. There may be problems with your bite. The majority of the patient’s teeth may need some attention, and Dr. Miller’s expertise is perfect to perform much of what will be needed. He may work in tandem with certain specialists or may be able to accomplish what is necessary on his own. Just as every patient is unique, the demands of a full-mouth rejuvenation are unique to the patient.
What is full-mouth rejuvenation?
Full-mouth rejuvenation involves all the teeth and soft tissues. It is designed to replace missing teeth, repair damaged teeth, correct improperly aligned jaw joints and bites, reverse gum disease, replace any worn out dental appliances, and rebuild the jawbone if necessary.
Dr. Miller looks at the entire mouth, not just individual teeth. He’ll replace missing teeth either with dental implants or with bridges or partial dentures. To save a tooth or teeth, he can perform root canals on those teeth. If teeth have extensive damage, he may remove the decay and place crowns atop the weakened teeth. For jawbone loss, he may need to rebuild the jawbone mass with bone grafts. He can recontour the gums but may enlist the skills of a separate periodontist, if needed. Cosmetically, he may apply veneers to even out misshapen teeth.
Everything is on the table with the goal of giving the patient back full function and a great looking smile.
How is full-mouth rejuvenation different from a smile makeover?
Smile makeovers are usually elective on the part of the patient. Smile makeovers don’t correct functional flaws with the teeth or the overall smile or bite. Smile makeovers are cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of the teeth.
Full-mouth rejuvenation addresses functional issues, improving the cosmetics along the way. Full-mouth rejuvenation is often necessary if the patient wants to keep his or her teeth and not lose significant amounts of the jawbone to erosion.
What may be involved in a full-mouth rejuvenation?
There is a host of possible procedures, depending, of course, on the needs of the patient. Any of these procedures may be involved, and Dr. Miller may enlist the aid of other specialists where necessary:
- Restorative dental treatments— Dental crowns, bridges, fillings, inlays, and onlays
- Implant dentistry— Implants to replace missing teeth, and to provide anchor points for appliances such as bridges
- Cosmetic dentistry— Porcelain veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, gum re-contouring
- Neuromuscular dentistry— Correction of TMJ related problems and realignment of the bite
- Bruxism treatment— Measures to end bruxism (tooth grinding)
- Orthodontics— Traditional braces, Invisalign, spacers, expanders, and retainers, all with the intent of moving the teeth into the proper locations
- Oral surgery— Root canals, soft and hard tissue grafting, extractions
- Periodontal treatments— Gum scaling, root planing, and periodontal surgery to address gum disease
If you have serious problems with your teeth and gums, a full-mouth rejuvenation with Dr. Miller may be the last chance to turn around your oral health. Call us at 503-640-9310 and let’s see what we can do.
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