In dentistry, what seem like miracles can be performed using dental crowns. One example is the practice of full mouth reconstruction — smiles that may appear beyond all repair can be rescued with the help of professional dental treatment using a variety of methods. Full mouth reconstruction entails restoring a smile back to functional and aesthetic order, regardless of the initial causes of degradation. One of the methods used in full mouth reconstruction is the placement of dental crowns, a process summarized below.
When a Full Mouth Reconstruction Is Necessary
Before discussing how dental crowns play an important part in reconstruction treatment, it is important to note the reasons a full mouth reconstruction is performed.
Significantly Damaged Smiles
A full mouth reconstruction is a highly intensive procedure. The American College of Prosthodontists explains that reconstruction is reserved for those with several, mouth-encompassing issues that all require comprehensive treatment. Widespread dental issues that may warrant reconstruction include several missing teeth, decayed fillings, damage to many teeth from bruxism or a large number of cracked teeth.
Some Medical Issues May Warrant Dental Reconstruction
Not all reconstruction procedures are undertaken as a response to potentially preventable dental issues. Some individuals affected by conditions including dysplasia, among many others, may also exhibit symptoms of the condition in their mouth in the form of irregular smiles or decay. In cases like these, reconstruction can often be used to give individuals a healthy, functional mouth that they may have never had.
How Dental Crowns Can Help
Now that a few reasons for reconstruction are clarified, here is how dental crowns play an important role in this life-changing procedure.
Crowns Are a Proven, Effective Form of Treatment
Dental crowns are often an integral part of any reconstruction procedure because of their effectiveness. A professionally-fitted crown feels just like a regular tooth but covers teeth at risk of infection, further decay or physical damage. In reconstruction procedures impacting several teeth in need of this kind of protection, crowns are a must-have.
To begin the dental crown process, a mold is created of the teeth requiring crown placement, allowing dentists to order crowns that perfectly match the patient's teeth. After these crowns are fitted where appropriate, they will look like healthy, natural teeth while protecting what is underneath them.
Crowns Are Used in Conjunction With Other Treatments
Although crowns are an extremely important part of the reconstruction process, their true strength lies in the fact that they work in conjunction with other treatments to create a healthy, functional and beautiful smile. Crowns are fitted in conjunction with treatments like bridges, which require sturdy crowns on either side of them for proper placement. Ensuring that all of the teeth in a smile are sturdy is also necessary when placing other treatments, like implants, and so crowns can be the means by which the other teeth in a smile are sufficiently strengthened in preparation for other treatments.
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If you are currently in need of dental crowns or a full mouth reconstruction, we invite you to contact our office today to set up a consultation and get you on your way to a healthy, beautiful smile.
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