When A Full-Mouth Reconstruction Can Save Your Smile
If your teeth are chipped, damaged, or even missing, it can be easy to feel discouraged. You don’t need to have everything completely perfect, but why does it have to look like that? Call our Decatur, AL dental office today at 256-274-8680 and schedule a full-mouth reconstruction. This can restore your smile to how it should look: bright, strong, and healthy.
You Need A Plan To Help Restore Your Smile
Dental restorations are treatments that repair, fix, and restore your teeth. That can mean covering your teeth with dental crowns so they’re stronger, or removing infections so your teeth are healthy. It can also mean replacing teeth that you have lost.
When you have more than one problem to work on, you need more than one dental treatment. But it’s best to head in with a plan. You don’t want to replace a tooth with a dental bridge if you’re just going to get dentures.
A full-mouth reconstruction is a plan to restore your teeth. It begins with a thorough exam from Dr. Betts. With his combination of real-world experience and advanced training, he can help you decide which dental restorations are best.
By calling our Decatur, AL dental office today, you can set up that initial exam and consultation. Then you’ll know what your full-mouth reconstruction will look like — and how great your smile will look like as well.
Parts Of A Full-Mouth Reconstruction
Here are the dental restorations that can be part of your full-mouth reconstruction.
Dental crowns are caps that cover the whole visible part of your teeth. Each one is made for one of your teeth in particular. All dental crowns are made from a life-like material that looks and feels like a natural tooth.
They’re used when you have teeth that are damaged, such as chips or cracks. They seal up that damage. Not only does this keep it invisible, it prevents damage from getting worse over the years.
This dental restoration actually uses three dental crowns. One is used as a replacement tooth for the one you lost. The other two are placed on the teeth next to the empty space in your smile. That replacement is then bonded to the crowns. This holds it securely in place.
Dental bridges are great for when you need to replace a missing tooth but cannot (or do not) want oral surgery. Bridges are non-invasive, so they’re usually more affordable as well.
Think of dental veneers as a combination of cosmetic and restorative dentistry. They’re tooth-shaped shells that cover the front of your teeth. Once Dr. Betts expertly places them on your teeth, any damage is covered and protected.
However, dental veneers also hide damage, stains, and even small gaps between your teeth. When you get dental veneers, it looks like you just redid your whole smile.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Sometimes, the problem is not with the enamel covering your teeth — it’s with the dental pulp on the inside. While uncommon, harmful bacteria can get past your enamel and infect your dental pulp. Not only is this painful, it threatens the whole tooth.
That’s where root canal therapy is needed. No, they are not very painful! In fact, they are no more difficult than getting a dental filling. More importantly, root canal therapy restores your tooth to its healthy and pain-free state.
Cavities are a simple problem, but they can be very bad. If you ignore a cavity for too long, it can lead to infections and even dental extractions. That’s why you need regular dental exams at our Decatur, AL dental office.
When Dr. Betts identifies a cavity, you can have it repaired with a dental filling. You can choose between a metal one and a filling made from a tooth-colored resin. Both will do the job by protecting the damaged area and letting you chew without discomfort.
Call us TODAY at 256-274-8680 or use our online form to schedule your initial consultation for a full-mouth reconstruction. Even if you have several problems with your smile, Dr. Betts has the right training and technology to help restore your whole smile.