Dental reconstruction is the process of replacing all the teeth in your mouth. This process restores the beauty and functionality of your mouth, and it can be life-changing for people who are missing multiple teeth, suffer from extensive decay, have severely worn teeth or are born with conditions that necessitate full mouth reconstruction.
Many people get nervous about this type of dental treatment. Luckily, there is no reason to stress.
The Right Treatment for You
There is no one-size-fits-all dental reconstruction. Instead, your oral surgeon works closely with you to develop a plan tailored to your mouth and based around your healthcare needs. As a general rule of thumb, any treatment that aims to fix all the teeth in your mouth constitutes dental reconstruction.
That can include onlays and crowns over all your teeth, multiple bridges, dentures, and dental implants. When you meet with your oral surgeon for a consultation, they take x-rays of your mouth and help you develop a treatment plan that works for your needs.
Safe Dental Reconstruction Options
Regardless of the type of dental reconstruction you receive, you can rest assured the process is safe. Dentists and oral surgeons have been doing all these treatments for years, and the treatments have all been approved to be safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Even dental implants which many people believe are new, have been around for over 50 years and are backed by extensive research and countless patients.
To minimize any stress you are feeling about your upcoming dental reconstruction, make sure that you work with quality oral surgeons. At Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery, the oral surgeons earned degrees from top schools, studied under world-class mentors, and have years of experience.
They have also worked not just on dental reconstructions but have handled complex facial reconstructions and high-risk trauma cases. When you work with a specialist like that, you can rest assured that the treatment will go smoothly.
Once you have all the core pieces in place — the type of dental reconstruction and the right oral surgeon — you are ready to schedule your procedure. Luckily, you have a variety of different sedation options to help you stay calm and relaxed through the process. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) works well for all kinds of procedures, and it wears off instantly so you can get back to your life. Alternatively, oral sedation consists of an anti-anxiety medication you take before your appointment. Then, you feel completely relaxed but awake during the procedure. Your oral surgeon will let you know if you can go back to work or drive after taking this type of medication.
Finally, with sleep sedation, you receive medication through an IV which essentially allows you to sleep through the procedure. Depending on your treatment plan, you may be able to get most of the work done in a single session, or you may have to see the oral surgeon for multiple appointments.
To learn more about dental reconstruction or to talk about any concerns you have, contact us today. At Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery, we offer a range of treatments to perfectly meet your dental needs.