Known as “Restorative Dentistry” within the field of prosthodontics, reconstructive dentistry is generally thought of as the treatment of patients with complex dental problems that requires the replacement or repair of many teeth; requiring total tooth replacement. It may also be referred to as “full mouth rehabilitation.”
This type of tooth replacement therapy often involves the use of a combination of dental restorations, which may include: fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges, dental implants, partial dentures, dentures, and hybrid dentures, as well as other less commonly utilized options.
Types of Dental Reconstruction
Reconstructive dentistry may be required in patients who have significantly worn teeth, patients with rampant decay or severe periodontal disease, and patients who have already lost all of their teeth but are looking for alternatives to dentures.
Such dentistry can be challenging and requires a high attention to detail. Prosthetic materials and components must fit precisely to ensure an esthetically pleasing and long lasting outcome. The complexity of these procedures can become even greater in patients with the most severe forms of dental disease, or in dental patients with anatomic limitations.
For dental patients with severe dental disease, and who are struggling with chewing, speaking, or smiling, these procedures can dramatically improve their quality of life. However, this treatment option is not for everyone. Full dental rehabilitation requires an investment of time and money, as well as an understanding that nothing lasts forever and future maintenance may be required. Long-term follow-up is as important as the initial therapy.
Prosthodontists are the only dental specialists with formal training in the prosthetic treatment of patients with these types of complex dental issues.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.