Federal Way, WA
Federal Way, WA woman smiling about the full mouth reconstruction she received by her dentist.Your smile says a lot about you. A broad, full-toothed smile usually lets those around you know that you are happy and confident. When your teeth have suffered damage (such as chips), or have fallen out, you may do everything you can to hide your smile. This can give people the wrong idea, that you don't care, aren't friendly or lack confidence. At Tran Family Dentistry & Associates, we can help to restore the beauty of your smile with a full dental restoration.
Your Initial Consultation
Before you can begin treatment, you must first have a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for full dental restorations. We begin with a thorough visual exam of your mouth, noting the condition of your teeth. We will also take a series of comprehensive images, which will give us insight as to what is happening deep inside your mouths, such as the roots of your teeth and your jawbone With a clear image of what is happening under the gums, we can better recommend the most effective treatments necessary. These images may include:
- Digital X-rays.
- 3D CT scans.
We will also review your oral health history and ask a series of questions. We will then discuss what options you have and your specific goals for the treatments.
Planning Your Treatment
To get your mouth back in full working order, it takes a specialized, individualized treatment plan. After your initial consultation, we can develop a plan for your treatment that is as unique as you are. This plan is then coordinated with all of the different specialists that will be required for your restoration procedure.
Options for Full Dental Restoration
There are several different procedures that can be used to complete a full dental restoration. These procedures include:
- Dental implants: Implants are small titanium rods that are surgically placed into your jaw. The implants support permanent, replacement teeth. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or even an entire arch of missing teeth. Implants imitate the natural roots of your teeth, keeping your jaw strong and healthy.
- Bridges: Bridges have been used for many years to replace missing teeth. Replacement teeth sit between crowns, which anchor on two adjacent, healthy teeth. Bridges can typically be used to replace one to three missing teeth.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that replace a section of missing teeth. False teeth are set into a gum colored base, which rests on your gums. The partial also has metal clasps that further help to hold it in place. Partial dentures are designed to be taken out each night for cleaning.
- Full Dentures: Full dentures are the traditional method used for replacing a full arch of missing teeth. False teeth are secured in a gum colored base, which is supported by your gums, and the bone underneath. These replacement teeth are designed to be removed nightly for cleaning.
- Crowns: Crowns are caps which cover the entire visible portion of a damaged tooth. They provide strength to a weakened tooth, protecting it from further damage and infection. They are typically made from ceramic because this material mimics the color and shine of your natural teeth. Metal crowns are also often used for their superior strength.
- Veneers: Veneers are thin shells that cover the front portion of visible teeth. They can be used to cover a variety of minor imperfections, from small cracks and chips to misshapen teeth, to gaps, even discoloration. Veneers are usually made from porcelain and require only a minimal amount of enamel removal.
If your teeth have you covering your mouth, or refusing to smile, call Tran Family Dentistry & Associates at (206) 212-0394 today to learn more about your options.