Full mouth rehabilitation aims to return form and function to your mouth after severe trauma or extensive decay. It can be transformative, so whether this is for yourself or a family member, let’s look into how we carry out rehabilitation using dental implants Nottingham at Hilton Dental Clinic.
Sometimes, it can be challenging to hit goals, but when they aren’t clearly defined or set, it can be almost impossible. Whether the intention is to simply restore a lost tooth or transform an entire smile with a set of immobilised dentures, it is important to have these goals set before any procedure can begin. Restorations will contain an extensive quantity of reconstruction work, like veneers. At other times, crowns will be used in certain areas of the mouth in order to minimise the need for dental implants Nottingham.
Stabilisation before treatment
Before any cosmetic considerations or even the return of function is addressed, the patient’s oral health must be stabilised. Active decay has to be brought under control, and any degree of periodontitis or gum disease must be limited.
Before attempting even the most fundamental restorations, the foundations of good oral health have to be in place. Without this foundation, the short-term effectiveness and the long-term longevity of any work are greatly reduced, resulting in the patient’s oral health returning to a worse condition than they started with.
Stabilisation inevitably involves removing areas of decay; the least amount of teeth that can be removed and extractions completed, the better. But without treatment, any remaining decay will simply spread.
After the removal of any signs of decay or gum disease, the remaining teeth and gum quality has to be addressed. This is often done with a set of x-rays in order to fully explore the health of the roots of the teeth. If these have healthy, unaffected systems, then they are appropriate for crowns and various forms of prosthetic inlays.
If healthy roots are not present, extraction will be necessary, with a long-term aim to replace those extracted teeth with dental implants Nottingham. Doing so requires a critical bone volume and density and ample healthy gum tissue; all of these can be affected by poor care and gum recession as a common side effect of gum disease. This may necessitate the need for bone and gum grafting; grafting involves tissue being moved from areas where it is plentiful to areas that have become barren. In time, both the transplanted areas and areas where the tissue was collected from will recover, giving better oral health that is appropriate for further treatment.
Considerations and complications
Exactly how long the preparation and recovery stages take depends heavily on the overall health of the patient and their rate of bone growth. Any underlying conditions also have to be considered. There may have been a long period of less than optimum oral care, and the reasons behind this need to be addressed. General oral hygiene will be important in reducing recovery times and also extending the longevity of any restorative work.