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Does An Oral Surgeon Perform A Full Mouth Reconstruction?
An oral surgeon has the right set of skills to perform full mouth reconstructions. The procedure combines treatments like implants, crowns and composite bonding to repair and rebuild damaged teeth. By the time the full mouth reconstruction process is complete, the function and appearance of the patient's teeth should be improved.
Getting a full mouth reconstruction performed by a dentist means patients can have all of their treatments performed at the same place. However oral surgeons have additional training on dental surgeries and the use of general anesthetics, which makes them a great resource for patients undergoing serious full mouth reconstruction procedures.
A patient might need a full mouth reconstruction as a result of:
- Teeth that have been lost due to trauma or decay
- Fractured or injured teeth
- Teeth that have been worn down by acids
- Teeth that have been damaged by teeth grinding
Why see an oral surgeon
Patients that have tooth loss or severely decayed teeth may benefit from visiting an oral surgeon for their full mouth reconstructions. Because oral surgeons are experienced in surgical procedures, they are great resources for performing in-depth full mouth reconstructions that require surgery. Dental implants, dental bone grafts and root canals are common procedures that are done during the full mouth reconstruction process, all of which require oral surgery.
What to expect
The full mouth reconstruction process starts with a comprehensive examination performed by a dentist who may or may not refer out to an oral surgeon if such procedures are necessary. During the initial examination, the dentist will look at the following items.
- Teeth: The condition of a person's teeth will determine the type of restorations they need. For example, severely damaged teeth can be restored with crowns, while decayed teeth might be restored with composite resin.
- Gums: The condition of a person's gums can be used to determine how healthy they are. Treatments like scaling and root planing can be used to treat gum disease. If the roots of the patient's teeth have already been damaged, a new foundation can be created with bone or tissue grafts, which requires the help of an oral surgeon.
- The appearance of the patient's teeth: While the primary goal of a full mouth reconstruction is therapeutic, not cosmetic, treatments used to restore the function of teeth also improve their appearance. For example, a missing tooth creates a hole in a person's smile. Replacing the missing tooth with an implant restores its function and it closes the gap, improving the way the patient's smile looks. Improving appearance through dental implants almost always requires the help of an oral surgeon.
During the examination, the dentist will also make records of the patient's mouth. This will serve as a baseline used to evaluate how much progress has been made. Once the dentist has gathered all the information they need, a treatment plan with be drawn up.
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