What Full Mouth Rehabilitation Can Do for You

May 17, 2021 Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

We often underestimate the importance of oral health. Looking beyond aesthetics, the health of our teeth affects how well they function as well as the state of the gums and jaws. If your smile requires more in-depth work to “revive” its health, our Shelby Township dentists may recommend full mouth rehabilitation.

Here’s what you need to know about the restorative dental service.

What Is Full Mouth Rehabilitation?

Full mouth rehabilitation (also known as full mouth reconstruction) is an umbrella term that refers to using multiple types of dentistry and dental procedures to restore the appearance, function, and overall health of one’s mouth.

While you might not need work done in all of these areas, full mouth rehab consists of cosmetic dentistry, tooth repair/replacement, and bite correction/alignment.

Restoring the function of your mouth is a top priority because that will increase its health and prevent further health problems if not taken care of. We also want you to be happy and proud of your smile because what’s the use of having a healthy smile if you don’t like to show it off! This is why we offer a number of cosmetic procedures to do just that.

There’s a number of reasons why you may need full mouth rehab. If you had little to no dental/orthodontic treatment when you were a kid and into your teenage years or if you recently had a serious injury to your jaw and/or teeth you may need multiple procedures to restore your oral health and wellbeing.

The Components of Full Mouth Rehabilitation Include:

1) Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is the field of improving the appearance of your teeth when you smile and talk. Whether you choose porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, or Invisalign®, our goal is to help you have a smile you love.

Porcelain veneers are thin shell-like coverings adhered to the front of your teeth to cover chipped, cracked, short, or discolored teeth. Minimally invasive compared to crowns and stain-resistant, porcelain veneers help you have more confidence in your smile and peace of mind.

Professional teeth whitening options are superior to many over-the-counter-methods because:

  • A lot of whitening products found at the store can actually damage your teeth.
    • They also can prove to be less effective at whitening.
  • Our expert dentists know how to get results without hurting your teeth.
  • The top-grade dental products can lift stains in as little as one appointment.

2) Bite Correction and Alignment

Invisalign® is a great alternative to traditional metal braces for people who want straighter teeth. When you wear the custom made aligner trays for 22 hours a day and take proper care, you will see results.

Straight teeth aren’t just a cosmetic fix. Crooked teeth are more likely to develop cavities and gum disease because they’re harder to properly clean by missing leaving more harmful bacteria. By straightening them, it becomes easier to remove plaque using a toothbrush and floss.

3) Tooth Repair or Replacement

Fillings and dental crowns are both used to repair damaged teeth so we grouped them together but they are different. It mainly comes down to how damaged your tooth is. For less severe tooth damage, our dentists will use a composite resin filling whereas more damage will likely require the placement of a crown.

Crowns also cover the whole visible portion of the tooth while fillings, not surprisingly, “fill” in the cavity or decayed area.

Dental bridges are a way to replace a missing tooth by anchoring a prosthetic tooth in between two healthy teeth by using crowns on both of them. Dental implants are also tooth replacements, but consist of a crown attached to a titanium post that is embedded into the jaw making it even more secure.

Ready for an Appointment?

If you’re in need of full mouth rehabilitation or maybe just one of the above procedures, both Jeffrey Baker DDS & Evan Castille DDS are experienced dentists in Shelby Township, MI, who care about helping you get back to a healthier and happier smile. Call the dental office of Jeffrey T. Baker DDS PC at (586) 992-0814 to request an appointment.

This blog post has been updated.

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