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If you are suffering from any type of dental problems, it is important that you have a full mouth evaluation performed by Dr. Steve Kim. He will be able to address any issues immediately and set you up on a treatment plan that includes the procedures you need to have performed.

Full mouth restoration is a type of reconstructive dentistry that is designed to fix any problems with your teeth, bite, jaw, and gums. There are a variety of different problems that may require you to undergo a form of reconstructive dentistry. Unlike cosmetic dentistry, reconstructive dentistry is necessary to maintain the health of your gums, teeth, and mouth overall.

Often, reconstructive procedures are done together, but may need to be performed individually to allow your mouth time to heal in between.

If you are interested in full mouth restoration, contact Dr. Steve Kim DDS today to schedule your appointment.

Types of Full Mouth Reconstructive Procedures

Below, we will go over some of the different types of full mouth reconstructive procedures that are available. Depending on your situation, you may need one, two, or several of these procedures performed.

1. Implants

Dental implants can be a cosmetic procedure, but are also a restorative procedure when you have severe decay or missing teeth due to bone loss. The implants are surgically placed into your jawbone and act as a secure post for the crown that will be affixed to the top.

One of the nice things about dental implants is that you can have one or all of your teeth replaced with them. Therefore, if you need a single tooth replaced due to decay, it can be done.

2. Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are used in full mouth reconstructive procedures. Crown are generally used to help protect your teeth after a procedure has been performed. For instance, if you need to have a filling or undergo a root canal treatment, a crown will be placed over top of the tooth to provide protection and act as a barrier to prevent further damage.

Bridges are a form of tooth replacement that will replace any existing missing teeth that you have. For example, if you are missing a row of front teeth, a bridge can be placed to make your smile complete. For a bridge to work, you will need to have two supporting teeth on either end of the bridge to help keep it in place.

3. Fillings and Root Canal Treatments

When you have a tooth that is decay, Dr. Kim will place fillings in the tooth to prevent further decay from occurring. Sometimes, when the tooth’s pulp is infected, a root canal procedure will need to be performed to remove the pulp completely from the tooth.

4. Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions need to occur from time to time when a tooth cannot be saved. Often, patients have their teeth extracted due to severe tooth decay, gum disease that has advanced, and trauma. If you need to have your tooth or teeth extracted, Dr. Kim will discuss your tooth replacement options with you.

5. Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease treatment is part of the restoration process and it is important that it is handled swiftly to prevent any further problems. Gum disease treatment should be aggressive in nature to get rid of the infection and preserve as many teeth as possible. Gum disease treatment includes medications, oral surgery, and root scaling and planning.

Your Full Mouth Restoration Consultation

full-resWhen you go in for a full mouth restoration consultation, you can expect Dr. Kim to gather x-rays of your teeth. Your teeth will also be examined at this time and cleaned, if needed. After the examination, Dr. Kim will discuss with you any problems that he finds and he will suggest a treatment plan for you. Your treatment plan may include multiple procedures.

For instance, a treatment plan for restoration may include some extractions, gum disease treatment, and then tooth replacement options.

Risks Associated with Full Mouth Restoration

Of course, there are some risks that come along with any of the full mouth restoration procedures and it is important that you understand them before you undergo any of the procedures.

If you have any current allergies, medical complications, or if you are taking any medications, it is important to let Dr. Steve Kim know, so that he can avoid using medication or treatments that will interfere with these things.

One risk associated with any dental procedure is infection, so you must follow all aftercare instructions and you must take care of the area where you had a tooth worked on or extracted.

In addition to the risk of infection, you may experience some swelling, mild pain, light bleeding, and irritation where the procedure was performed. If any of these symptoms get worse, you should call our office immediately so Dr. Kim can take a look.

full-res2How Long Will
Treatment Take?

The length of treatment will depend exactly on the process you are having completed and how long it takes for you to heal. Some patients heal quickly while others do not and this can have an impact on how long the entire procedure takes.

If you are having a filling or two, your treatment will only take a day, but if you are having dental implants placed, you may need to make multiple trips to our office and it can take up to six months to heal completely.

Dr. Kim will advise you on how long you can expect the treatment to take. If you need to have a treatment completed quickly, let us know and we will work something out with you to try and meet your timeline.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you are interested in full mouth restoration or you want to discuss what options are available to you to improve your smile, give Dr. Steve Kim DDS a call today. We look forward to speaking with you and working together to create a smile you are proud of.

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