What is Rehabilitative Dentistry?
Over time, damage may occur to the teeth and mouth that impact your ability to function as well as your appearance. Whether through injury, disease or poor oral health, rehabilitation services can restore your teeth and gums to their original, healthy state. Rehabilitation may involve a handful of treatments that can be completed relatively quickly or require a more comprehensive approach that takes extensive time and procedures to complete. No matter what your rehabilitative needs might be, Dr. Haynes and the staff at Radiance Smile Center can help you achieve your goals.
Rehabilitative dentistry typically includes a combination of treatments and procedures customized to the precise needs of the individual patient. Full-mouth reconstruction is advised when most of the teeth in the mouth are in need of some correction or treatment. The goal of rehabilitation is to restore form as well as function, improving a patient’s self-confidence and quality of life at the same time.
Some patients may only require partial rehabilitation, which does not involve as many teeth and usually means fewer procedures and a faster treatment process. Partial rehabilitation may include a single treatment, such as implant supported dentures, or a collection of treatments to achieve the best outcome.
Reasons for Reconstruction
You may need reconstruction or rehabilitation for many different reasons:
- Severe wear and tear on the teeth due to years of clenching or grinding
- Staining on nearly every tooth, which may be caused by antibiotic use or other medications
- Damage to a large number of teeth from an accident, injury or lifestyle choices
- Multiple teeth are loose or missing
- Pain in the jaw or recurrent headaches due to a misaligned bite
- Extensive cosmetic concerns that cannot be addressed in a single procedure
Dr. Haynes will evaluate your situation to determine how much correction you might need to restore a healthy, beautiful smile. If rehabilitative treatment is the right choice for you, he will walk you through the process, so you know what to expect every step of the way.
Services Included in Rehabilitation
Many different services and treatments might be included in your rehabilitation dentistry. Dr. Haynes might recommend any combination of the following to address your concerns and make the necessary corrections:
- Deep, comprehensive cleaning of both the teeth and the gums
- Teeth whitening
- Repair of damaged teeth whenever possible and treatment of infection
- Orthodontics to correct alignment of the teeth and jaw
- Dental restorations, such as veneers, bridges, crowns and implants
- Gum contouring and grafting to restore the look and health of the gums
- Oral surgery for repositioning the jaw and correcting the bite
In many cases, Dr. Haynes and his staff can perform all of these services for you right in his office at Radiance Smiles Center. However, more complex cases may require the collaboration of specialists like oral surgeons, periodontists, endodontists and orthodontists. Dr. Haynes works with some of the top doctors in the Durango area to ensure his patients receive the highest level of care and the best possible results.
The evaluation process before Dr. Haynes creates a rehabilitative plan can be quite involved as he examines every aspect of your oral health to determine the best ways to address your concerns and damage. Examination focus will include the following:
Dr. Haynes will assess your teeth to detect signs of decay, abscesses, loose teeth, broken teeth or teeth that are unusually worn down. Through this exam, he can determine if you need any restorations to enhance your smile, such as bridges, crowns or veneers. Missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted can be replaced with a dental implant.
The health of your teeth depends on the health of the gums that hold them in place. When evaluating your gums, Dr. Haynes will be looking for signs of gum disease that could affect the success of any restorations you might need. Recessed gums can also be treated using soft tissue grafting that provides a more firm foundation for your natural teeth and your restorations.
When your bite is misaligned, it can affect every aspect of your oral health including your teeth, gums and bone. An improper bite can lead to teeth clenching and grinding, which significantly damages your teeth and can cause jaw pain and chronic headaches. A misaligned bite is often treated using orthodontics, although surgery may also be needed to provide sufficient correction in some cases.
While the primary focus of rehabilitation is to restore function and health to your mouth, cosmetics are a consideration as well. Dr. Haynes wants you to feel confident in your smile, so he will provide the necessary treatments to enhance your appearance.
Rehabilitative treatment can be performed in just a few treatments in our office, or it might take six or more visits to accomplish all the correction that is needed to restore your health and aesthetics. For some patients, the process is completed in a matter of weeks or months, while other patients may need one or two years to produce the desired effects. Dr. Haynes will give you an idea of what you can expect from your rehabilitative treatment after your first examination.
Recovery from rehabilitative services will also vary, based on the specific procedures performed. Dr. Haynes and his team will provide you will all the information you need to properly care for your teeth and gums after treatment to ensure the most comfortable and successful recovery process.
Rehabilitative dentistry is an involved process that can take a substantial amount of time to complete. It is important to work with a dentist that makes you feel comfortable and confident throughout the process. To learn more about our rehabilitative services, contact Radiance Smiles Center today at 970-247-9549.