Outdoor portrait of older African-american male wearing pink shirt and smilingPatients who are experiencing multiple dental problems can benefit from a full mouth rehabilitation. This treatment consists of several restorative procedures in one comprehensive plan. There can be many reasons for full mouth rehabilitation. For example, a patient with severely decayed or damaged teeth can bring health, function, and aesthetics back to their smile with this complete treatment. Fortunately, our doctors offer this service at Maidu Dental.

Full Mouth Reconstruction for Worn Dentition

A lot of patients have a condition that we term worn dentition, also known as worn teeth. A worn dentition is one where the teeth no longer have the same height that they once had – and as such, these teeth look flat and short instead of the normal round shape you’d expect to see with a tooth. The problem with having multiple worn teeth is that some patients have problems chewing and speaking as the teeth get shorter and shorter. And as the teeth continue to wear, there are often associated esthetic and cosmetic problems, making a person look older than they actually are.

Complex Treatment Plans Require an Experienced Dentist

The goal of most treatment plans for patients with worn teeth is to restore the patient’s teeth back to the point where they can speak and chew effectively and be proud of their smile. Because of the extensive damage done by years of tooth wear, achieving these goals requires a long treatment time and a dentist with experience and training for working with patients whose teeth are in this condition.

Dr. Luminita Markham has additional training from prestigious centers such as the Pankey Institute and the Spear Education Institute and as such, she is qualified to manage dental treatment plans of this complexity. Not every dentist can provide this type of care and it’s critical to find a dentist such as Dr. Markham who has this type of knowledge and experience.

Specialists are Often Involved

When a patient needs a full mouth rehabilitation, dental specialists such as an orthodontist or oral surgeon are often part of the team. One of the advantages of working with Dr. Markham is that, in addition to her training and experience, she is in practice with her husband, Dr. David Markham, who is a board-certified orthodontist and with our Oral Surgeon, who is a board-certified oral surgeon. And because Drs. Markham and Jackson are often in the office on the same days, patients will benefit from having both dentists available to coordinate treatment more easily and efficiently.

More about Full Mouth Rehabilitation

It is important to note that worn dentition is not the only condition that can be treated with full mouth rehabilitation. This treatment can be used to address a number of dental concerns, and can include any combination of:

  • Restorative Procedures: Fillings, crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays can be used to repair decayed or damaged teeth.
  • Dental Implants: Replacing missing teeth with dental implants provides a long-lasting solution.
  • TMJ Treatment: If problems with the jaw joints are affecting your bite or oral health, we can provide specialized treatment, such as a custom mouth guard, to address this issue.
  • Bruxism Treatment: Teeth grinding is the primary contributing factor for worn dentition. If you suffer from bruxism, we can restore your bite and protect it from further damage with a custom mouth guard.
  • Cosmetic Procedures: Full mouth rehabilitation is restorative in nature, but it can also include cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and teeth whitening.
  • Orthodontics: Braces or Invisalign® can be used to straighten your teeth and correct your bite, improving the function and appearance of your smile.
  • Oral Surgery: Jackson can perform oral surgery treatments when necessary, such as extractions and bone grafting procedures.
  • Periodontal Therapy: If gum disease is present, periodontal therapy can help eradicate oral bacteria for healthy teeth and gums.

Contact Us Today

During an initial consultation with Dr. Luminita Markham, she can help you determine which combination of treatments will best address your unique situation. Please contact our Auburn, CA office to schedule an appointment at (530) 823-8771.