A full dental reconstruction becomes necessary when a patient has numerous defects in his or her smile. These defects are not just cosmetic in nature; they also pose a risk to your oral health, and they can interfere with your ability to eat and speak properly. A dental reconstruction can help ensure that your oral structures remain healthy and functional, and there are numerous options in terms of treatments available.
For example, there are several options for replacing a missing tooth. A gap between teeth can cause problems with your bite. The surrounding teeth may shift out of position, and a malocclusion can develop that will put excessive stress on your jaw joints. A dental implant serves as an artificial tooth root that is implanted into the jawbone while a crown is placed on top to resemble the visible tooth. A dental bridge requires the two adjacent teeth to the gap to be trimmed down so that abutment crowns can be placed over them, and a replacement crown fills in the gap. For patients who are missing several or all of their teeth, dentures can be provided.
Your reconstruction can consist of any number of treatments to restore oral health, so talk with your dentist about your options.