Posts for: June, 2016
Are you embarrassed by your smile but worried that your problems are just too extensive to be treated? A full mouth rehabilitation addresses every one of your issues, restoring your teeth and your appearance. Dr. Frank Maratta, your New Haven, CT dentist, shares some information about full mouth rehabilitation.
What is full mouth rehabilitation?
Full mouth rehabilitation involves a comprehensive treatment plan to address all of your oral health issues. Whether you have a problem with your teeth, gums or bite, or all three, your dentist can create a plan that will restore your smile. If you have problems with many of your teeth or even every one of your teeth, a full mouth rehabilitation offers an excellent solution.
What's involved in a full mouth rehabilitation?
Treatment plans vary depending on the condition of your mouth and teeth, but often include:
Fillings: Fillings replace decayed areas of your teeth. If you don't like the look of silver amalgam fillings, your dentist can offer composite resin fillings that are tinted to match the color of your teeth.
Inlays or onlays: If you have extensive decay, a traditional filling may not adequately restore your tooth, and your New Haven dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay instead. An inlay fits inside the cusps of your teeth, while an onlay extends beyond the cusps.
Teeth whitening: Eating or drinking brightly colored foods or beverages, smoking and the natural effects of aging can cause your teeth to look duller. Professional teeth whitening lightens your teeth by as much as eight shades in just one hour.
Dental veneers: Dental veneers can improve the appearance of one tooth or all of them. They're a good choice if you have chips, cracks, discolorations, oddly shaped or crooked teeth, or have slight gaps between your teeth. These thin porcelain shells are applied to the fronts of your teeth.
Crowns: Crowns cover teeth completely. They're used to stabilize broken, weak or damaged teeth, and are also used to conceal crooked, oddly shaped or discolored teeth.
Bridges and dentures: Both bridges and dentures replace missing teeth. Bridges are usually permanently attached to your teeth and replace one or several missing teeth, while dentures often replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw.
Dental implants: Implants offer a long-lasting alternative to bridges or dentures. A tiny titanium post is placed in your jaw and fuses to your bone. After it bonds with the bone, your dentist attaches a crown on top to replace your tooth above the gum line. With the Teeth in a Day/All-on-Four procedure, you can replace an entire upper or lower denture using just four implants.
Ready to restore your smile? Call Dr. Frank Maratta, your New Haven, CT dentist, at (203) 773-1701 to schedule an appointment. Improve your smile with full mouth rehabilitation!