Spring is upon us. There’s just something about this time of the year that makes you feel alive and new. What better time than now to do something about getting your teeth back into shape? If you’ve suffered from several missing teeth or teeth that are badly damaged or decayed, take advantage of full-mouth reconstruction for spring. Dr. Edwards and his team of dentists at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio will restore the full beauty and function of your mouth. You will have a new gleaming smile and eating will be easy and enjoyable again.
Call us today at 210-819-5233 to restore your teeth and get a smile you can be proud of. You can also use our convenient online form. We’ll schedule a consultation to detail your options for getting the look and bite you’ve been waiting for!
With spring come new opportunities to gather with friends and family. Social outings like sporting events, concerts, and more intimate gatherings like cookouts and family get-togethers are all on the horizon.
Can you imagine your friends’ reactions when they lay eyes on your brand new smile? Can you see yourself biting into a thick, juicy burger that just came off the grill? Imagine you’re on vacation at the beach, comfortably enjoying all your favorite foods.
You have a variety of options for your full-mouth restoration at Advanced Dental Associates. Each case is different, but depending on your circumstances and the condition of your teeth and gums, your restoration may involve both dental implants and oral surgery. These two services are explained in more detail below.
Enjoy the Sturdy Durability of Dental Implants
Dental implants are truly an amazing invention and their technology has come a long way in recent years. Titanium implants act as replacement tooth roots for missing teeth. Once we insert them into your jaw they begin chemically fusing with the jawbone, creating a secure, stable base for a number of replacement teeth options.
To replace a single missing tooth, we can attach a ceramic or zirconia crown to an implant to restore that tooth. No one will be able to tell the difference between it and your natural teeth.
We can replace several missing teeth with a sturdy fixed bridge anchored to two or more implants. Besides its durability, the advantage of using implants for a bridge is that we don’t have to modify your natural teeth to anchor the bridge on both ends.
Implant-supported and implant-retained dentures are other great options that may be available to you. Securing your dentures to implants will make them much more comfortable and stable than traditional dentures. You won’t have to worry about them flying out when eating, talking, or laughing. We can even take your current set of traditional dentures and retrofit them for implants, saving you time and expense!
To replace an entire arch of teeth, we can use either the All-on-4® or All-on-6 procedure to place either four or six implants respectively, then attach a complete bridge of replacement teeth to them. You may be a candidate to have either of these procedures completed in one day and walk out with a temporary restoration!
Benefit From Our Oral Surgery Expertise
One or more types of oral surgery may be required to restore your mouth to health. In particular, we sometimes we have to perform surgical procedures on your gums to prepare them for dental implants.
If your teeth have been missing for a while, then you may have experienced jawbone loss as a result. Your jawbone will naturally deteriorate without tooth roots to stimulate bone growth.
If your bone loss is minor, our team can surgically modify the muscle and soft tissues on your gum ridges to give your gums more height.
More extensive bone loss may require bone augmentation. To build up the gum ridge, we can add your own bone from another area of your mouth, synthetic material, or even donor bone. After healing, implants can then be inserted into the bone.
Tooth extraction is sometimes needed when a tooth is badly diseased or damaged. Removal will help protect your remaining healthy teeth as well as maintain whole body health. In some cases, tooth extraction may be required to make room for implants and further restorations.
Your reconstruction may involve crown lengthening, where our dentist will gently removes gum tissue to reveal more of your natural tooth. This process may be required if your teeth have worn down over the years, or if you have what’s known as a “gummy smile” where too much of your gum shows. Crown lengthening will give your smile a more balanced, aesthetically pleasing look.
As always, Advanced Dental Associates offers several sedation options that you can take advantage of for any of your reconstruction procedures. Choose from inhalation sedation (commonly called “laughing gas”), oral conscious sedation with a small pill, or IV sedation for our patients who are extremely nervous or frightened about dental work.
The time is now to get started on your full-mouth reconstruction for spring. You’ll be ready for all the fun, social activities that this time of year offers. Call our staff today at 210-819-5233 to schedule your consultation. Get a brand new smile and full function of your mouth again!