The Tip of the Iceberg
…they did the work on Friday, Saturday afternoon I was eating a steak with no problem. That was very impressive.”
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There are dental problems you can’t fix by simply replacing a tooth or fixing a crown. Instead, individuals with this condition require full mouth restoration. Restorative dentistry targets improving the health, beauty, and function of the mouth by rebuilding or replacing all the teeth in a patient’s mouth. So, what does complete mouth restoration entail? Let us tell you the story of Edwin Pabon.
Reason for coming to Georgia Prosthodontics
Edwin has always had dental problems. He originally had a crown on his front tooth that would come every 4 years. So, he came to us for help with one tooth in the front. Unknown to him and whoever it was that treated him, he didn’t have teeth on the back and had a strong bite force. After we discovered what his problem really was, we proceeded to give our diagnosis.
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Challenge in this Dental Restoration
Patients sometimes come to us looking for help for a particular problem. However, when we go into diagnostics and explore, we find out there is a whole underlying condition that’s causing the problem. Generally, over here at Georgia Prosthodontics, we call such a situation “the tip of the iceberg.” The reason is that instead of a quick fix we expect, it often leads to a more intensive procedure.
While this does not automatically mean a challenge on its own, communicating the change and extent of the procedure to the patients can be somewhat challenging. Of course, we need to consider that there will be a change in the procedure, cost, and time required for completion.
Why did we suggest a Full Mouth Restoration?
In a case like Edwin’s – where a patient has no teeth on the back and has a strong bite force, the patient transfers function to the front. They’ll keep biting and chewing, transferring all that to the front and overloading those. There was purely a need for a full mouth reconstruction.
We suggested a full mouth reconstruction. Using Edwin’s teeth and bone, we gave him teeth in the back with implants. Not only this, but we also reconstructed the teeth that were severely worn. We restored his dentition to a state where it felt like nothing had happened.
Results of this Restorative Dentistry Treatment
Before the restorative treatment, Edwin was concerned if he would, in his words “look like everybody, square?” And, truly, you could tell after observing his teeth. At Georgia Prosthodontics, our expert team completes full mouth reconstruction in a way that, when the patient smiles, no one can pinpoint and identify they have a fake tooth.
In other words, the teeth must look natural, which we achieved in Edwin’s case. His smile was natural. In his words “they did the work on Friday, Saturday afternoon I was eating a steak, with no problem. That was very impressive. Very impressive.”
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What are the types of dental restoration?
There are different types of dental restoration. They include dentures and partial dentures, fixed dentures supported and retained by implants, fixed implant bridges, dental crowns, composite fillings, onlay and inlay restorations, and dental implants. At Georgia Prosthodontics, we focus on replacing teeth using dental implants.
> Dental Implants
A Dental implant restoration is one of the most popular types of restoration. It involves creating a structure that looks and functions like natural teeth to resolve denture issues. A dental implant is a surgical fixture placed into the jawbone and allowed a period to fuse with the bone. It then acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth or teeth.
Is tooth restoration necessary?
Tooth restoration is necessary if you desire to improve your overall dental functionality and prevent further issues with your teeth. If you suffer from a lack of self-confidence, tooth decay, chronic teeth grinding, or worn or unhealthy teeth, you need restoration.
How is a tooth prepared for restoration?
Most teeth restoration procedures are completed within three trips to the dental clinic and in different phases. It includes the evaluation phase, surgical phase, prosthetic phase, and monitoring phase, depending on the situation.
When you come in for treatment, your prosthodontist will go over the health of your teeth, answer your questions, and give you a specific diagnosis. Then, the team will ask you to come in for treatment at a later date and begin the process. The preparation often involves cutting the tooth, removing dental decays or portions of the tooth that are not structurally sound, and placing the selected materials.
How long does tooth restoration last?
The duration of tooth restoration depends on the procedure. For example, composite resin fillings last between 5 – 7 years, while dental bonding can last up to 8 years. Also, a dental crown can last up to 15 years, while dental implants can last up to 30 years. The duration ultimately depends on your oral hygiene and how well you look after your teeth.
How much does it cost to restore a tooth?
Teeth restoration ranges from $900 – $2,500 per tooth. Of course, you must consider the associated costs like denture fabrication, consultation, etc. Not to worry, at Georgia Prosthodontics, our team will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits and present a customized payment plan that suits your needs.