Why/When is a full mouth rehabilitation needed?
If you feel that your front teeth are getting shorter and shorter or your teeth in general are sensitive, shifting, deteriorating, chipping and wearing away affecting your function, lifestyle and comfort, then a full mouth rehabilitation is the solution to restore your smile and help you eat and live better.
Unlike other body parts, teeth can’t heal. That means, if a tooth structure is lost, its lost forever. It can never grow back. The oral cavity is a dynamic environment where changes occur constantly, sometimes quickly, but more often slowly, over time. Changes can be due to a traumatic accident, missing teeth, periodontal/gum disease, shifting teeth, a lifetime neglect, a destructive habit such as grinding, or a lifetime of dentistry focusing on one tooth at a time and leaving the mouth resembling a patchwork quilt. All such negative changes that happen in and around teeth become cumulative if not addressed at an earlier time, thus resulting in loss of function and a worn down aged smile.
Commonly, patients visit dentists to treat the worst tooth in the mouth, while the rest of the teeth are left deteriorating. There are many problems with this plan of treating issues, rather than treating causes. There is always a cause for the deterioration of the teeth and until that cause is addressed, the teeth will continue to shift, decay, chip and wear away until there is little left for eating and smiling. Thus, it is much better for you to get the causes treated and prevented along with complete rehabilitation to stay away from future problems.
Following is a link from our facebook page to show you a case of a full mouth rehabilitation in a patient with previous patch-work dentistry and how it affected his general oral health over years.
Real Life Situation
You lose one tooth in your lower jaw due to some problem. Since you don’t have pain after it’s gone you ignore its replacement as your functionality is mildly affected but overall manageable. Over years you loose two more teeth on the opposite side of the upper jaw. Now your functionality is moderately affected. To compensate you start chewing more on the side with one missing tooth. Since that side also does not provide your earlier chewing efficiency, you shift towards using your front teeth more. With time because of their over usage, the front teeth start becoming flat reducing their efficacy in chewing. To compensate you tend to grind harder. Over years that develops into a habit of grinding teeth further wearing the teeth structures. Along with this you’ve also developed cavities around those missing teeth because of food getting stuck between the remaining ones. That happened because the surrounding teeth shifted into the gaps of the missing ones creating more gaps on their opposite sides. All these cumulatively started causing you generalized sensitivity of teeth, jaw joint pain, moderate headaches, loss of eating pleasure, smile and a general lifestyle deterioration eventually making you seek dental help.
Please browse through these actual patient pictures to relate to this true story. The after pictures are of a full mouth rehabilitation treatment.