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Full Mouth Reconstruction: Dental Bridges To Replace Missing Teeth
A full mouth reconstruction aims to improve the oral health and appearance of the patient through a series of treatment procedures. Many who seek treatment do so because they are interested in replacing multiple missing teeth, and there are several ways in doing so. One of the more popular methods of tooth replacement is known as dental bridges.
Full mouth reconstruction and dental bridges
Many dentists recommend dental bridges to full mouth reconstruction patients who are looking to replace a section of missing teeth. It is helpful to have a clear understanding of what dental bridges are and how they work well in replacing multiple missing teeth during a full mouth reconstruction.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are a way to replace a section of missing teeth during a full mouth reconstruction. There are two primary methods of attaching the bridge for a secure and long-term hold. A fixed bridge is perhaps more traditional and involves replacement teeth that are attached to and supported by adjacent existing teeth. Of course, for this to be an option the patient must have healthy surrounding teeth. The other option is implant-supported bridges. They are a form of multiple teeth restoration that is supported by dental implants.
When are bridges recommended?
As mentioned, bridges are used to fill the void left by multiple missing teeth. For bridges to be an option during a full mouth reconstruction, the missing teeth should ideally be next to one another, rather than spread out across the mouth. Fixed bridges are typically the best option if the patient is looking for a less invasive and more affordable solution. Additionally, the patient should have healthy teeth and gums to support the bridge. On the flip side, an implant-supported bridge is best if the patient wants to preserve bone health or is not a good candidate for fixed bridges.
How does the treatment process work?
Depending on the type of dental bridge, the process may vary. However, the first step is typically a consultation visit to discuss treatment options. For fixed bridges, the dentist may recommend a crown on both adjacent teeth to ensure they are strong and can hold the bridge in place reliably. For implant-supported bridges, two or more dental implants are placed into the jawbone where the missing teeth are. After the mouth heals, then the dental bridge is connected to the dental implants, which may complete the full mouth reconstruction.
Other full mouth reconstruction options
Dental bridges are just one of a range of treatment options dentists can offer during a full mouth reconstruction. For teeth replacement, dentists may also recommend implant-supported crowns, implant-supported dentures or traditional dentures. A full mouth reconstruction can also restore damaged teeth with dental crowns and veneers. To improve gum health, a dentist may recommend bone grafting or periodontal disease treatment. A bone grafting procedure might be an option as well if bone loss has occurred in the jaw.
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