A worn-out smile is problematic both functionally and cosmetically. Maybe you can’t bite or chew without worrying about whether your teeth will stay in place. Maybe you are embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth when you smile or speak. Full-mouth reconstruction is customized to correct everything that’s wrong with your worn-out teeth so you can feel confident again.
Not sure you fit into the worn-out teeth category? Here are just some of the signs that indicate you might need full-mouth reconstruction.
1. Worn Enamel
Tooth enamel is meant to be strong and durable but, over time, it can deteriorate, especially if you grind and clench your teeth. Some people have weak or thin tooth enamel, which makes them more susceptible to dental problems and breakage and threatens the health of the interior of the teeth. Not addressing this problem can lead to cavities, infections, and broken teeth.
2. Damaged Teeth
Teeth that are broken or chipped are unsightly, but they’re also a road to problems. You might not be bothered by these aesthetic issues and you might not have any pain, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything going on under the surface. Cracks and breaks make you far more susceptible to tooth decay because the tooth isn’t fully protected. Multiple worn-out teeth leave you open to even more breakage and decay or infection.
3. Tooth Pain
When your teeth hurt, you have a problem. Ongoing tooth pain is a sign that something isn’t right within your tooth and it should be addressed right away. There is no stopping the pain or waiting it out – if there is an infection, it will only get bigger without an intervention. If the pain you feel is caused by chronic grinding of your teeth, then you are at a far higher risk of developing gum recession, worn tooth enamel, or damaged teeth, all problems that open you up to oral health complications.
4. Mouth Pain
Your teeth aren’t the only thing that affect your oral health. If you have mouth pain, soreness, or discomfort in your jaw, this could indicate an ongoing problem with your TMJ or the overall anatomy of your mouth. When your teeth are out of alignment, they are far more likely to develop problems and cause you chronic discomfort.
5. Trouble Eating or Speaking
Your mouth is designed for all the parts to work together – teeth, gums, and jaw – so you can speak, bite, and chew properly, without pain or problems. Any difficulty with these basic functions is an indication that your oral health is out of order. If you find it hard to eat comfortably or without pain, you could be suffering from gum disease or other infections.
Get Your Full-Mouth Reconstruction
Full-mouth reconstruction typically involves both restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry and sometimes neuromuscular treatments. It’s important to not only correct the appearance of your smile, but also its function, so your mouth both looks and feels better.
If you’re frustrated with your oral health and wishing for a stronger smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael J. Wei at his Midtown Manhattan dental office to talk about full-mouth reconstruction and your customized smile makeover.