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If you are having problems with your teeth and gums, it is important that you call Dr. Garth Riopelle to have a complete mouth evaluation as soon as possible. No matter how complex your situation, Dr. Riopelle will be able to evaluate your teeth and gums and make recommendations that will improve your life. Dr. Riopelle will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and create a budget-friendly treatment plan that will work for you.
Patients who have serious dental problems may have given up hope, but Dr. Riopelle can restore your confidence. Although a full mouth restoration sounds intimidating, it is not as bad as you expect. Full mouth restoration is a specialty of reconstructive dentistry that is designed to fix problems with the teeth, gums, bite and jaw. Several different problems can result in reconstructive mouth surgery.
Like cosmetic dentistry, full mouth restoration will make your teeth look better. However, unlike cosmetic dentistry, full mouth restoration also helps you maintain the functions of your mouth, teeth and gums. Reconstructive procedures are quite often done in succession to each other, or in conjunction with each other, so that they work together to improve your mouth. In some instances, the treatments will be spaced apart to give your mouth plenty of time to heal between procedures.
If you are interested in hearing more about full mouth restoration, contact Dr. Riopelle’s San Ramon, California dental office for an appointment.
There are five kinds of full mouth reconstructive procedures. Dr. Riopelle will speak with you in detail about the issues you need corrected and about your own goals. Depending on the plan, some of the procedures may be performed at the same time. In other instances, the procedures are performed in succession. Dr. Riopelle will determine the safest and most effective way to perform the procedures.
Most people need some combination of crowns and bridges to complete a full mouth reconstruction. Crowns are used to protect your teeth after a procedure. If, for example, you had severe tooth decay and needed a filling, the dentist could place a crown over the tooth to provide additional protection.
Bridges are an option for people who have missing teeth. If you have missing teeth, a bridge can be used to fill in the gap. To get a bridge, the space must be surrounded by two healthy teeth, which will be used to anchor the bridge.
Periodontal disease is a serious problem for many patients. We can provide gum disease procedures in our San Romeo office. Gum disease should be handled as soon as possible to prevent worse symptoms, like gum bleeding and loosened teeth. In almost every circumstance we recommend handling gum disease before any of the other mouth reconstruction procedures can be performed.
The treatments for gum disease vary, but they typically include root planing and scaling, antibiotics for infection, and routine checkups.
Implants are another important option for full mouth restoration. Implants are used when you need to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants can only be placed through a surgical procedure. First, a titanium post is implanted in the jaw. The titanium post is designed to mimic the root of a tooth. After several months, the bone fuses with the post. Then the dentist places an abutment on the post, followed by a crown. Dr. Riopelle will advise you of the benefits and risks of this procedure.
Dr. Riopelle only performs tooth extractions as a last resort; only when a tooth can no longer be saved. Patients who need tooth extractions have often suffered from some trauma, gum disease or severe tooth decay. If you need a tooth extraction, contact Dr. Riopelle for a full consultation.
When there is tooth decay, Dr. Riopelle will fill the cavity to stop further decay. A root canal will only be performed if the tooth’s nerve is infected.
There is not a standard timeline for a full mouth restoration. The time it takes will depend on how many procedures you need. It also depends on how long you need to heal after every procedure. Some people heal faster than others, which means that your timelines may be different from other people who had the same kind of reconstruction.
If you need a few fillings, normally it takes only a day or two in order to completely heal without any discomfort or complications. However, if you have a more complex procedure like a dental implant, it could take six months for your jaw to fully heal. Dr. Riopelle will advise you about how long the treatments will take and what you can expect. At your appointment, you should take note about how long the dentist thinks you will need between procedures. This way you can plan for your recovery and budget for the procedures.
With a full mouth restoration, you will need a complete evaluation with Dr. Riopelle. When you arrive at our office for a consultation, our professional staff will take X-rays and examine your mouth. We will discuss all the areas which are of concern as well as your options to completely transform your mouth. Dr. Riopelle will answer all of your questions and give you a detailed recommendation for moving forward.
In many instances, patients will find that they need to have at least one procedure completed before other procedures can take place. Dr. Riopelle will make sure you are on the right path to a gorgeous new smile.
If you are ready to sit down with a dentist to find out more, contact Dr. Riopelle today. He will discuss your options and prepare a complete treatment plan. Our staff is experienced with the five major procedures for a full mouth restoration. Contact us today to get started!