Get the Smile You’ve Always Wanted!
One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. If you are unhappy with your smile, it can affect your confidence. Broken, loose or missing teeth can also make speaking and chewing difficult. The good news is, with today’s advances in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, there’s no reason to live with a smile that you are unhappy with. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS, can create the smile you’ve always wanted. As a restorative dentist, Dr. Luffey performs full mouth reconstructions to treat every tooth in your mouth. Dr. Luffey will work closely with you to develop a restorative dental treatment plan that achieves an attractive, functional smile that lasts a lifetime.
What is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction restores every tooth in your mouth and revives the health of your gums. When teeth are worn down, broken or missing, it causes problems with your bite and the appearance of the mouth.
What is the full mouth reconstruction process? To provide a full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Luffey will first perform a dental exam to determine the condition of your teeth and gums. During your appointment, he will take x-rays, photographs, impressions of your teeth and your bite.
To perform a full mouth restoration, Dr. Luffey will consider:
Dr. Luffey will examine the condition of your teeth to determine which restorative treatments you may require. Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, while cracked and broken teeth can be restored with cosmetic treatments like dental veneers. Dr. Luffey will take note of the health of every tooth in your mouth and treat each one according to its condition.
Gum Disease Treatment
The health of your gums is important to your overall health. If your gums are affected by periodontal disease, Dr. Luffey will perform scaling and root planing to treat it. You may require treatments to the jaw bone and soft tissue to build up your gums and underlying bone.
TMJ, Overbite & Underbite Correction
Dr. Luffey is an expert at treating TMJ disorders and jaw misalignment. A stable bite that does not have any pain or wear of the teeth is important to your overall health. You may require orthodontics or neuromuscular therapy to correct occlusion before restorative procedures can be performed.
As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Luffey will take color, shape, size and proportion of your teeth into consideration to give you a bright, beautiful smile. Porcelain crowns and teeth whitening may be used to achieve this. Dr. Luffey will work closely with you to develop a step-by-step treatment plan to address all of your concerns about your smile. A full mouth restoration usually takes place over several appointments, but the result is a beautiful smile that doesn’t hurt and makes you feel confident when you speak, smile and laugh.
Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction
While the terms smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction are often used interchangeably, they are slightly different. A smile makeover relates to elective cosmetic dentistry, while a full mouth reconstruction restores the function of your mouth along with the aesthetics of your smile.