Nearly 19% of adults over the age of 65 have complete tooth loss (edentulism), according to a survey published by the National Center for Health Statistics. If you face serious dental issues, such as misaligned, missing, broken or damaged teeth, or if you suffer from chronic problems, such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), a full-mouth reconstruction procedure can help.
Approaching your Dentist
For most of us, dental problems are accrued over a period of time and neglect. What starts as neglected cavities can escalate into veneers, crowns, bridgework, implants and root canal treatments. However, while opting for a full-mouth reconstruction, it is important to understand that the problems of a lifetime cannot be fixed in a jiffy.
Consult with your dentist regarding your dental problems and take his or her advice on whether or not you need a procedure. The procedure approaches all your existing dental problems and takes into consideration the overall, existing condition of your dental health before deciding on the right combination of treatments for you. The objective is to give you a mouthful of healthy teeth and gums and not just to repair the damage.
Depending on the state of neglect and the kind of treatment required, the procedure can take up to a year to complete. Here is a list of questions you should ask your dentist before getting started:
What is their experience with treating such problems and the success rate so far?
How many procedures will be required and how will they plan your treatment?
How many days will you be unable to function and to what level? Will there be restrictions on what you can eat or drink?
What are the follow-up precautions and procedures? Is there anything you need to do before the procedure?
Regardless of the type of treatment, you will begin with an initial consultation, followed by a discussion on the options available for your treatment. A thorough oral examination will include, as needed, an X-Ray, CAT scan, bite analysis and the examination of the joints of your jaw. Reputed dentists accept most insurances, so check beforehand.
Social Impact Notwithstanding
According to an article in USA Today, there is a clear connection between finding a job and dental health. One of the biggest non-verbal mistakes made by people giving interviews is not smiling enough. Missing teeth might make us self-conscious about smiling but to others, missing teeth are a sign of poverty. Tooth loss may also be associated with other bad connotations, such as lack of self-control (drinking too many sugary beverages), smoking cigarettes and even methamphetamine use, because the drug is known to cause severe damage to the teeth.