Gone are the days when dentures were the only means of full mouth rehabilitation. Today we try to save each tooth in the mouth if it can serve the purpose of anchorage and support of alveolar bone. In combination with implants and ball attachments we can make comfortable appliances for you, which will help you function more efficiently.
Full mouth rehabilitation is needed in cases of extreme tooth loss. When several teeth are lost and the damage is so severe that they cannot be restored independent of other teeth, the dentist may suggest full mouth rehabilitation using implants as the only solution.
Prior to full mouth rehabilitation procedure, dentures were used to restore several missing teeth. But denture treatment has several drawbacks, listed below:
Also called reconstruction or rejuvenation, full mouth rehabilitation is the procedure in which each tooth is individually recreated. It is needed when:
The several benefits of choosing full mouth rehabilitation can be epitomized as:
The dentist first discusses the method of full mouth reconstruction with the patient. If the patient is satisfied with the treatment discussed and chooses to go ahead, the following steps are then followed:
Amalgam fillings are the most popular of all restoratives. IAmalgam fillings are an alloy containing mercury, copper, silver, tin, and a few minor elements. Amalgam fillings can withstand great chewing loads and are also useful in restoring deep fillings below gum line. Some concern has been raised about the mercury content of these fillings but authorities in health (FDA, WHO, and others) have found it to be safe. Their greater popularity rests on several reasons like:
These alloys consist of gold, copper and a few other metals. Together these form a strong and effective filling, crown or a bridge. Their primary use lies in inlays, on lays, crowns and fixed bridges. Gold alloys are known for:
These are high strength, non-noble metal alloys which have a silver appearance. They show high resistance to corrosion, tarnishing, fracture, and wear. Some people may have allergic sensitivity to base metals. Also, some initial discomfort may be encountered from hot and cold.
Ceramic fillings require a minimum of two visits. These include porcelain, ceramic or glasslike fillings and crowns. These are highly resistant to wear but prone to fracture under stress and on impact.
These filling materials are similar to those of direct restoration fillings. Their colour is like those of teeth. These fillings do not excessively wear opposing teeth. They show less strength and durability than porcelain or metal restorations. In addition, they wear and discolour relatively easily.