Full Mouth Reconstruction in Valparaiso
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Full Mouth Reconstruction Enhances Health, Function, and Esthetics
The health, cosmetic appearance, and function of a smile can be adversely affected by many factors such as facial trauma, bruxism, teeth wear, teeth with extensive decay, periodontal disease, missing teeth, an unstable bite and oral cancer. Patients with multiple issues with their teeth, gums or jawbone may suffer from continual tooth pain, struggle to properly chew and lack self-confidence when smiling; simple everyday life activities are severely restricted and full mouth reconstruction may be the restorative option for optimal oral health. Routinely patients that have received full mouth rehabilitation have had significant improvements in their lives such as elimination of dental pain, rejuvenated smile, improvement with chewing and speaking, improvement in overall health, and most importantly more self-confidence.
Full mouth reconstruction is a highly individualized dental treatment and usually requires an interdisciplinary approach with other dental specialists to solve very complex dental problems. Full mouth reconstruction rebuilds or restores all of the teeth and can include various cosmetic dentistry (porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays), restorative dentistry (dental crowns, dental bridges, dentures and partial dentures), and implant dentistry (dental implant crowns, dental implant bridges, implant dentures and All-on-4 or Teeth in a Day Implant Dental Bridges).
A procedure like full mouth reconstruction is very complex and should not be taken lightly. Dr. Drone, a prosthodontist, has extensive training in cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry and has been providing customized full mouth reconstructions tailored for dental needs of each patient for 15 years. Prosthodontist are commonly referred to as “dental architects.” If your dental issues are simple or complex, Dr. Drone has provided dentistry to countless patients to achieve optimum oral health, stunning smiles and improved function. Dr. Drone will coordinate with any the dental specialists including oral surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists and endodontists to design a comprehensive dental treatment plan and ensure you will receive an exceptional outcome.
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Dr. Drone is a native of Wheatfield, IN and has been practicing dentistry since 2003 and opened his private practice in Valparaiso, IN in 2007. Dr. Drone earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Indiana University School of Dentistry and earned his advanced specialty degrees in Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics from Indiana University School of Dentistry and Medicine.
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Candidates for Full Mouth Reconstruction
If you have serious dental issues affecting most of your mouth or you need your entire smile fixed, then you might be a candidate for a full mouth reconstruction. Candidacy for full mouth reconstruction is determined by Dr. Drone through a careful dental exam and consideration of your dental and medical history. You might be need a full mouth reconstruction if you have two or more of the following issues:
- Multiple missing teeth
- Teeth worn due to grinding
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Multiple teeth with extensive decay
- Loose teeth
- Gum disease (known as periodontal disease)
- Jaw problems
- TMJ problems
- Misaligned teeth
- Badly colored teeth
- Trauma to your jawbone or teeth
- Irregular or unstable bite (known as malocclusion)
- Congenital dental anomalies (eg. cleft lip and palate, dentinogenesis imperfecta, amelogenesis imperfecta)
- Loose of ill-fitting dentures or removable partial dentures)
- Oral cancer
Benefits of Deciding on Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction provides patients many cosmetic and health-related benefits. Patients frequently reports that the benefits of a full mouth reconstruction are invaluable and has positively impacted their quality of lives.
Some of the cosmetic benefits include:
- Whiter and brighter smile
- Complete set of teeth to smile and chew with
- Improvement of speech
- Preserves or restores the shape of the face, mouth, jawbone and smile
- Increases self confidence
- Reduces anxiety in social settings or having photographs
Some of the health-related benefits include:
- Eliminates pain and sensitivity while eating and speaking
- Improvement in diet and nutrition
- Improves self-confidence and overall sense of well being
- Reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack, diabetes, malnutrition and stomach related disorders
- Prevention of gum disease, bone loss, tooth loss and tooth wear
- Eliminates bacterial infection and the spreading of bacteria to the rest of the body
Step 1 : Consultation
A consultation at Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics is the first step in determining if you are a candidate for full mouth reconstruction. If you and Dr. Drone decide that full mouth reconstruction is the right dental treatment option for you, then Dr. Drone will listen to your concerns and goals and then thoroughly examine the following:
- The condition of your teeth: It is important to discover whether your teeth have any decay, heavy wear, cracks or mobility to determine if porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental bridges or dental implants are the best restorative option for your unique needs.
- The condition of your gums: A periodontal evaluation of your gums and bone will be inspected for deep gum pockets, areas of bleeding or inflammation. Dr. Drone will determine if you need a routine prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) for healthy gums or if your needs are more complex.
Unhealthy teeth and gums will need periodontal treatments such as scaling and root planing as well as a prophylaxis.
- The condition of your bite: If you are unable to chew comfortably, close your mouth without feeling pain, have wear on your teeth, or a collapsed bite then digital impression of your teeth and bite will be needed to determine dental solutions to reconstruct a comfortable and solid
- The appearance of your teeth: The way your teeth, gums, lips, and mouth appear together is often one of the greatest benefits of full mouth reconstruction. The new color, size and shape of your teeth will create a dazzling new smile.
Digital photographs, videos, digital radiographs, a dental CT scan and a digital impression of your teeth are necessary records needed for treatment planning. This advanced technology used during your evaluation allows Dr. Drone to share an in-depth view of all of your oral health and to ensure you are and active participant in your dental outcome.
During your consultation it is important to discuss the opinions of your new smile and bite with Dr. Drone and our in-house dental laboratory technicians. Your treatment plan will involve replacing your teeth or restoring your teeth throughout your entire mouth and careful planning is needed to outline your plan. Each tooth will be designed individually to create a healthy and stunning smile that is functioning correctly.
Step 2: Planning The Proper Strategy
After all of the diagnostic information have been gathered, Dr. Drone along with our in-house dental technicians and other dental specialists will carefully study the information from the initial examination. A detailed dental treatment plan or “blue-print” will be designed for your future full mouth reconstruction.
Dr. Drone and our dental technicians will create a digital smile design. Commonly, there are more than one dental solution to create your new smile and bite. Dr. Drone will make a smile prototype (try-in template) that will snap over your existing teeth. This process is very important because it allows us to evaluate our full mouth reconstruction design and make any necessary changes if needed before we proceed.
Step 3: A Glance Into Your Smile
Although there are many full mouth reconstruction options, you will always have a set of temporaries (temporary teeth). These temporaries will allow our team to evaluate the appearance of your new smile and evaluate your proposed bite. Think of it as a “road test” of your new smile and bite. We can make changes to the provisional teeth to improve function, esthetics and your speech. Sometimes there are minor adjustments needed but in time the temporaries will represent very closely to your final result.
Step 4: The Final New Teeth
Your new teeth will be customized to your character and personality. Once all the teeth and tissues are sound and healthy, digital and/or physical molds of your mouth are made to fabricate the definitive restorations. An amazing perk at Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics is all of our restorations are hand crafted by our in-house dental technicians and are able to provide our patients with amazing outcomes. These are tried in and verified for accuracy of fit and bite. At this point a new set of radiographs is required to ensure you are getting the best possible restoration. Dental crowns, dental bridges, porcelain veneers, onlays and inlays will be attached to the teeth with strong dental cement. Implant dentures are connected to the implant abutments and dental implant bridges (Teeth-in-a-day, All-on-four or TeethXpress) are screwed and tightened to the implants.
Step 5: Maintenance and Restoration
The end result is truly stunning. There has been a significant commitment and investment in your full mouth reconstruction. It is essential to maintain a healthy diet, be meticulous with your oral home care and maintain routine visits at Michael Drone Dentistry. So at this point the most important thing is to maintain what we have achieved and to prevent the original problem to recur. Depending of the initial cause, you should visit us every 3, 4 or 6 months for proper care. Enjoy and show off your new smile.
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Restorative Options for Full Mouth Reconstruction
Every patient that is having a full mouth reconstruction is a unique case and the restorative options vary widely. Depending on the existing tooth structure, number of teeth missing and cosmetic desires, Dr. Drone routinely uses a combination of restorative and/or implant options which are briefly described below.
Advantages of a Prosthodontist for Full Mouth Reconstruction
Patients who are considering a full mouth reconstruction should seek an oral health profession known as a prosthodontist, who is specialized in esthetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and reconstructive dentistry. A prosthodontist must spend an additional three years in an accredited post-graduate residency program usually at a university hospital or dental school after the standard four years of dental school. Dr. Drone attended Indiana University School of Dentistry and completed a four year dual-residency program at Indiana University School of Dentistry- Division of Graduate Prosthodontics and Indiana University School of Medicine-Division of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. Prosthodontists have the most extensive experience and clinical training using the latest dental techniques and state-of-the-art technology to produce the best cosmetic and functional results in a full mouth reconstruction.
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Services Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics Offers
Single Tooth Replacement
Multiple Teeth Replacement
Dental Implant Crowns
Dental Implant Bridges
Sleep Apnea Therapy
Ceramic Inlays & Onlays
Professional Teeth Whitening
Aesthetic Dental Bonding
Dental Cleaning Exams
Oral Hygiene and Care
Gum Disease Treatment
Bruxism & TMJ Therapy
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Teeth in an Hour
We work with a dedicated team of professionals to make sure that your experience is the absolute best it can be. From our friendly front office staff, the assistants who work closely with Dr. Drone, our hygiene staff that helps our patients walk away with beautifully clean teeth and easy-to-understand dental knowledge, to the other specialists we are honored to work with; our knowledgeable dental staff will care for you every step of the way.
Exemplary Patient Outcomes
We understand the importance of having a healthy, comfortable bite. We are able to provide each patient with excellent quality restorative dental solutions. An in-office consultation will allow us to diagnose and determine how your unique needs can best be met through our restorative dental options.