Reclaim Your Smile with a Full-Mouth Restoration in Potomac Falls & Sterling
For some people, their smile may have so many issues that a single dental procedure is not adequate to fully correct all of them, and this leaves many feeling overwhelmed as they don’t know where to begin when it comes to their teeth. At Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, Dr. Robert Bryce is able to effectively handle even the most complicated dental cases using a full-mouth restoration. With it, no matter what condition a person’s teeth may be in, he can help them regain a healthy, beautiful, and confident smile once again.
What is a Full-Mouth Restoration?
A full-mouth restoration is a comprehensive treatment utilizing numerous dental procedures to correct multiple problems within a patient’s smile. It combines both restorative and cosmetic procedures to provide a patient with a smile that is pleasing to the eye and enables them to speak and eat comfortably.
A full-mouth restoration may include the following treatments:
- Dental implants
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Root canal therapy
- Full or partial dentures
- Porcelain veneers
- Teeth whitening
- Inlays or onlays
- Gum disease treatment
- Orthodontic treatment
Who Could Benefit from a Full-Mouth Restoration?
Typically, a patient benefitting from full-mouth restoration will have a variety of problems with their mouth. Such as crooked teeth, missing teeth, old worn out or failing crowns. Deterioration in this manner, often leads to Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD). The teeth may also wear down and shorten. This results in fracturing porcelain crowns, fillings, and other teeth. A patient unfortunate enough to experience this may have headaches, neckaches, migraines, vertigo, and many other medical problems.
The initial treatment is to focus upon the TMD problem. Dr. Bryce refers to this as "Phase One" therapy. After completing a computer analysis of the patients head and neck muscles, a determination of what will be done can be made.
Phase One Dental Therapy
During the first one or two appointments, the following will be accomplished:
- Evaluation of the patient's subjective signs and symptoms through using a Pain Chart, Fatigue Questionnaire, Epworth Sleepiness Scale, etc. Here are our new patient forms that will need to be completed.
- Evaluation of medical history, medications and vitals (blood pressure, pulse rate, etc.)
- Periodontal screening and dental exam.
- Muscle palpation along with recording of sensitivities.
- Evaluation of complete history of your situation.
- Necessary x-rays; including CBCT (3-D imaging).
- Bioelectric measurement of your jaw movements and EMG's (electromyography).
- TENS to relax the muscles.
- Manual manipulations and stretching to decompress the TMJ's.
- Creation of an Orthotic to recreate where the teeth are supposed to meet. The orthotic will be diagnostic and therapeutic. Most of your symptoms will go away by wearing the orthotic.
Typical Removable Orthotics
Typical Fixed Orthotics
Once you are feeling better, and your new bite (jaw position) has been determined you may elect to have a full-mouth restoration. You may now be ready for "Phase Two".
There are several possibilities for Phase Two, but Full Mouth Restoration is the focus of this article.
Full Mouth Restoration may involve all the facets of modern dentistry to unite the health of your mouth with the physiology of the rest of your body.
Your customized Full Mouth Restoration may entail crowns, veneers dental implants, and orthodontic therapy. It may involve a combination of these.
Come Get Your Smile Back
In the end, no matter what your full-mouth restoration entails, the result will be more self-confidence as your health improves along with your ability to eat, speak and smile with ease.
If you think it may be too late for your teeth, know that it isn't. We can help.
If you have questions about how Full Mouth Restoration works, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.