Full Mouth Reconstruction Planning: Defining Your Needs and Goals
Dr. Steven M. Balloch can design a full mouth reconstruction plan to help you achieve a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. Dr. Balloch will analyze your smile to identify your health needs, take careful note of your aesthetic preferences, and thoroughly explain your treatment options. We consider full mouth reconstruction planning a collaborative process at our Hartford office. To learn more about full mouth reconstruction, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Balloch, contact our office today.
Consultation and Examination
During your consultation, Dr. Balloch will ask you what bothers you about your smile, and what you would like to change. He will also inquire about your long-term goals to determine what is most important to you, and show you before-and-after photos of his patients to help you understand what to expect. Next, Dr. Balloch will assess your oral health.
Your dental examination will involve:
- Digital X-rays to help discover new decay
- An oral cancer screening
- A diagnostic exam for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder
- An assessment of your bite
- A neck examination
- A periodontal screening exam to determine if you suffer from gum disease
- An assessment of the condition of any existing crowns, fillings, or bridges to determine if they need to be updated or replaced as part of your treatment
- Use of an intraoral video tour of your mouth to help you understand the state of your oral health
If your case requires extensive treatment, Dr. Balloch can create a 3D wax-up based on impressions and photos of your smile. Using an articulator (a hinged prosthodontic device that helps to duplicate your jaw movements), Dr. Balloch can provide you with a detailed third-person view of the aesthetics and anatomy of your teeth. This can give you an idea of how your upper and lower teeth align, and how your treatment will improve this alignment.
"I am forever grateful to you for restoring my mouth, making it completely functional and pain free. Your exceptional skills gave me the functionality and the most beautiful smile. My smile is more beautiful than ever."
From Temporary to Permanent Restoration
We work with an outstanding dental lab to create a 3D wax up, crowns and other restorations. Like Dr. Balloch, the technicians at our lab approach dental restorations as works of art. Dr. Balloch will first place temporary restorations based on the shape and contours of the wax-up. If you require restorations on both the upper and lower jaws, this process will usually involve two separate appointments. Sedation, or "sleep dentistry" is available to make the placement of restorations as comfortable as possible.
Wearing your temporary restorations is an important part of your full mouth reconstruction because it allows you to preview your new smile, evaluate its appearance and make sure chewing and other functions are comfortable. While you wear your temporaries, Dr. Balloch will ask you to report any functional or cosmetic issues. He will make any necessary changes directly to your temporaries so you can test these refinements. Once they meet your needs and preferences, Dr. Balloch will take impressions of your temporaries, which our lab will use to create your permanent restorations.
Working with An Experienced Dentist
When you invest your time, money, and effort into improving your smile with a full mouth reconstruction, you owe it to yourself to work with a dentist who has the skills to ensure long-term satisfaction. We are happy to discuss treatment options with patients referred to our office by their general dentists, as well as patients seeking a second opinion. If a restorative dentist cannot provide photographs of his or her work, has not met the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s stringent guidelines for membership, or does not take the time to educate you about your needs and recommended treatments, this could be an indication of lower quality dental work. You deserve the care of a dentist who provides much more than cookie-cutter restoration. Dr. Balloch has the experience, expertise, and passion to provide you with efficient, predictable, and beautiful results. Visit the full mouth reconstruction section of his smile gallery to see some of his beautiful work.