Full-Mouth Reconstruction: you've avoided your mouth long enough. It's time to confront your mouth on a gradient. We can help you.
You're terrified. You've had multiple dentists and bad experience or you swore off ever going again and now it's been years or possibly even decades.
You've had dentists who butchered you with mercury fillings, crowns, root canals and just plain poor service. You stepped away from the industry because you looked around and it all seemed the same because all dentists were doing the same thing. And you were right because 98% of them ARE doing the same thing.
Avoiding the dentist is no longer an option. You don't know enough to be able to feel confident in making a decision when it comes to the subject of TRUST.
We get it. We're not here to "hard sell" you into being our patient. The only way you're ever going to handle that overwhelming fear is to get educated and enlightened.
And I don't mean with someone else, I mean you need to go on the internet and look up information and videos on the subject and learn some of the basics on your own. That's the only way you will be able to calm and cool down the emotional side of this whole decision.
We get it here at Dr. O'Malley's: full-mouth reconstruction is an EXTREMELY difficult decision; it's expensive, emotional, painful and horrible. But the reason why you would even still be reading this webpage is because you know that the only thing worse than all of those aspects is the idea of losing all your teeth and being in agonizing pain and misery.
We could sit here and tell you about all the doom and gloom of infection and unmanaged full-mouth difficulties, but you don't need that. You're already scared to point of complete stasis; to a level where you don't know if you're coming or going.
We can help you… if you're ready emotionally, physically and even spiritually. We won't drag you kicking and screaming.
We don't grind your teeth down and butcher your roots and your mouth. We don't butcher your health. We work with you one-on-one and we hold your hand through the entire procedure. You need a team of people you can trust because this is not a process that is easy to go through alone.
Ideally you can choose a loved one to come with you when you come to see us for your first appointment who we can appoint as your "Dentistry Support." It will actually make a HUGE difference.
How it's Done:
Dr. O'Malley's initial consultation and exam process takes you through a 60-point checklist. Your first visit is likely to be like no other dental exam you have experienced, including a thorough evaluation of teeth, gums, the jaw muscles, and joints, and various other structures.
Our entire exam process is based on the three reasons people lose their teeth. These are:
- Gum disease
- Bad bite
The data gathered during our comprehensive first visit is used to draw up a recommendation of care. This goes beyond simply planning for the replacement of missing teeth or the correction of a bad bite. Dr. O'Malley has learned through an extensive career that there are factors that will impede the longevity of any restoration.
Full mouth reconstruction performed in our office seeks to give you back the smile you once had. Going beyond aesthetics, we want you to feel your best, to be able to chew and to digest food properly and speak with clarity and confidence. We do this through a detailed, systematic process.
After the initial consultation and examination in which photographs, impressions, and imaging take place, the various factors that relate to your smile will be analyzed. In a reputable dental lab, a wax-up, or model of your restored smile will be made. Dr. O'Malley will review this wax-up with you and continue the discussion about your goals and expectations. If necessary, a referral or referrals to specialists can be made.
A number of details are integral to the longevity of results in full mouth reconstruction. The process, for one, can take several months to complete. We may need to address the issue of ongoing gum disease before we can safely replace missing teeth with implants, implant-supported dentures, or other prosthetic suited to your needs.
Biocompatibility is another factor we consider. Every person has his or her own unique biochemistry. We often perform Clifford Materials Testing as a way to ensure we use only well-suited materials in restorations such as onlays.
The nature of teeth and tooth structure is also important to the repair process. Some dentists may perform full mouth reconstruction by grinding down and "capping" numerous teeth with dental crowns, but Dr. O'Malley has seen the after-effects of such practice. Studies show that, over a ten-year span, teeth that have essentially been ground down and crowned are 33% more likely to require root canal therapy due to secondary infection. Crowns have been used for over a century, but we now have far better ways to rebuild teeth in the way nature intended.
Teeth have multiple -layers and, in our office, they are repaired with that in mind. In fact, we rarely use dental crowns and yet our patients regain full functionality that lasts for decades! Dr. O'Malley honors the natural tooth and sets the stage for beauty, comfort, and lasting results.
Implants and Full-Mouth Reconstruction:
Implants have become a highly sought-after form of restorative care. Clearly, there are innumerable benefits to the replacement of teeth and their roots. However, not every person is well suited to this procedure. Many of our holistically minded patients actually prefer to avoid having anything foreign inserted into the body. In all situations, we accommodate patient wishes and work to achieve the desired outcome.
When implants are the preferred method of treatment, Dr. O'Malley works together with a specialist to ensure that the work is done to the highest of standards. And of course we use only the highest quality titanium products available. This metal is inert in its highest quality. Due to the prevalence of implants and the demand for low-cost care, numerous manufacturers have "watered-down" their titanium. While cost saving, this practice can only put the patient at a disadvantage when it comes to integration with bone and long-term success.
Orthodontics and Full-Mouth Reconstruction:
If the bite is part of the problem, we will discuss what may be accomplished with orthodontic treatment. We understand that many adults today would prefer to avoid braces, even the most discreet models. In the event that orthodontic care is agreed upon, this treatment will be conducted first and then the remainder of reconstruction will be performed as needed to restore teeth and the smile to its most natural condition.
Full mouth reconstruction can take time, and yes, an investment is needed. Your smile, however, goes with you wherever you go. It will do more than greeting others; it will enable you to chew properly, to speak clearly and delivers that sense of confidence that comes with a healthy and beautiful smile. When you realize the immense effect your smile has on your overall wellbeing, you understand why the work you conduct with Dr. O'Malley can be one of the best things you could do to improve your appearance and your quality of life.
Don't wait for your mouth to get any worse. Call us!