Do you suffer from extensive dental damage and decay that impedes your ability to eat your favorite foods, speak properly or smile confidently? Full mouth reconstruction is recommended to individuals with serious dental problems that include but are not limited to damaged or missing teeth, gum disease and bite misalignment. As one of Sudbury’s leading dentists, Dr. Mia Fitzgerald has worked on complex cases that require extensive restoration of the teeth and gums. She completed advanced training at the Kois Center, one of the nation’s leading institutions for implant dentists, and stays abreast of the latest advances in dental technology. Providing the best dental solutions for her full-mouth reconstruction patients is of utmost importance to Dr. Fitzgerald. She only uses the highest quality dental materials to rehabilitate decayed or damaged teeth, returning them to their optimal state.
What Does Full-Mouth Reconstruction Address?
Full-mouth reconstruction is designed to address multiple dental issues, including:
- Broken, chipped or fractured teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
- Misaligned teeth that interfere with proper biting and/or speaking, or cause TMJ problems
- Eroded or worn tooth enamel
- Missing teeth
- Gum disease
If Dr. Fitzgerald determines that you are in need of full-mouth reconstruction, she will work with you to develop the details of your treatment. Full-mouth reconstruction is typically completed over the course of several dental appointments.
Restorative Procedures Included in Full-Mouth Reconstruction
Tooth-colored fillings are usually the first line of defense against cavities and decay. Dr. Fitzgerald prefers to use tooth-colored (composite resin) fillings over traditional amalgam (metal) fillings due to their superiority in durability, safety and appearance.
Inlays and onlays are used to repair teeth that cannot be properly treated with dental fillings but do not require a dental crown. These dental restorations can be crafted from composite resin or porcelain, for durable and natural-looking results.
Dental crowns replace the entire exterior of a tooth. Crowns can be used to strengthen a weakened tooth after decay or a root canal, or they can be used to replace missing teeth. Dr. Fitzgerald offers patients beautiful, high-quality dental crowns that she plans and fabricates using the innovative CEREC technology. With CEREC, Dr. Fitzgerald can complete the dental crown procedure in a single dental appointment.
Dental bridges close the gap left behind by a missing tooth. There are several types of bridges available. Traditional bridges consist of an artificial tooth (called a pontic) supported by two dental crowns.
Dental implants replace teeth in their entirety, from root to crown. A dental implant consists of an artificial tooth root surgically inserted into the jawbone, a lifelike replacement tooth and an abutment piece that connects the root and replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth (with a dental crown), several teeth (with a dental bridge or partial dentures) or a full arch of teeth (with full dentures).
Full dentures are dental appliances that restore an entire arch of teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw or both. Partial dentures replace several missing teeth and are appropriate for individuals who have some of their natural teeth intact. Dentures can be removable or they can remain in place with the support of dental implants. Implant-supported dentures can only be removed by a dentist.
TMJ therapy addresses jaw pain, headaches and dental damage caused by TMJ disorder. This may include oral appliance therapy to relieve the muscle tension in the jaw caused by clenching or grinding of the teeth.
Orthodontics shifts teeth into the optimal position to treat misalignment and other problems with the bite. Treatment options include braces and clear aligners.
Periodontal therapy rehabilitates the gums whey they have become diseased or recessed due to gum disease. Details of periodontal therapy depend on the severity of the disease. It may include deep scaling, root planing and antibiotic therapy.
To discuss your full-mouth reconstruction with Dr. Fitzgerald, please contact our dental practice by calling or emailing us today.