Is Full Mouth Restoration Right for You?

They say that a smile is a person’s best accessory, and we here at the Stein Center believe that to be 100 percent true. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a cavity-free, damage-free, and pain-free set of pearly whites. For some, a full mouth restoration is exactly what the dentist ordered. That’s where we come in. 

What is Full Mouth Restoration?

full mouth restoration involves a unique blend of dental treatments intended to recreate, restore, and improve your overall oral health and appearance of your smile. Thanks to the countless advances that have taken place in the dental arts over the years, we have a wide variety of procedures available to tackle each patient’s unique dental needs and treat any and all teeth-related imperfections.

So, who’s the best candidate for this type of treatment? If you suffer from any kind dental damage, no matter the severity, you may be an ideal candidate. Full mouth restoration may be necessary if your smile is affected by any or all of the following:

  • Tooth decay– Mild to severe tooth decay occurs when both the internal and external structure of the tooth is damaged.  If left untreated, a cavity, or hole in the tooth, can form. Typically, we use  tooth-colored fillings or dental crowns to reduce the appearance of the cavity.
  • Tooth discoloration– Tooth discoloration can be attributed to a variety of factors, from inadequate brushing and flossing to stain-producing foods and drinks, these things can leave your smile looking dull and yellowed. Oftentimes, patients with dental discoloration choose to use dental crowns, veneers, or profession teeth whitening treatments to mask the stains.
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth– Large cavities, teeth grinding, biting hard foods, and trauma can all cause a tooth to break. Minor chips can be treated with veneers, while teeth with larger fractures may require more complex treatments like dental crowns.
  • Missing teeth– Gum disease, tooth decay, injury, and genetics are common causes of tooth loss. A mouth full of missing teeth can result in difficulty eating and speaking, ultimately impacting your quality of life. Luckily, we offer a multitude of treatment options, including dental implants, for restoring one or more missing teeth.

What Does Full Mouth Restoration Entail?

Based on your own distinct dental needs, our team of highly trained professionals will recommend certain processes as part of your full mouth restoration process. These procedures include the following: 

Let Us Give You a Reason to Smile

Life is too short to be overcome with self-consciousness every time you smile. You owe it to yourself to do whatever’s necessary to get the smileyou know you deserve. If you’re ready to stop living with the daily trials and tribulations of poor dental health and low self-confidence, it’s time to invest in yourself and undergo full mouth reconstruction. Let us here at Stein Centerin Skokie, IL help you restore the look of your teeth and improve your oral health. Contactour office anytime to schedule your next dental appointment.

Your Questions Answered about All-On-Four Dental Implants

If you’re someone who hates smiling for pictures because you’re embarrassed about your teeth, All-On-Four® dental implants may be an option. These innovative implants provide a solution for people who have experienced issues with dentures or bridges. Our doctors at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry can discuss the possibility of All-On-Four dental implants, as well as other types of restorative dental work.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small threaded posts, which are surgically implanted into the jawbone below the gum line. Replacement teeth are then mounted onto them. Dental implants can be restored by crowns and bridges. Additionally, they can help stabilize dentures and keep them from slipping, a common complaint for those who wear these types of prostheses. According to Colgate, “For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging.”[1]

Patients who choose implant-supported restorations can also forgo preparing or grinding down adjacent teeth – a step that is necessary to support traditional restorations, such as dental bridges. As one of the most versatile treatments in dentistry, implants can achieve single, multiple, or full-mouth teeth replacement.

What are All-On-Four dental implants?

With All-On-Four implants, the doctor can attach an entire row of upper or lower teeth using only four precisely placed implants. They are also referred to as full-arch fixed implant bridges.

To perform this treatment, your doctor will place two implants vertically near the front of the jaw and two angled implants near the back of the jaw. This balances forces evenly across the bite for optimal stability. Once in place, a fixed full-arch bridge is attached to the implant posts, providing patients with a beautiful, functional, natural-looking smile.

How are All-On-Four dental implants different?

Individuals seeking standard dental implants require sufficient bone density to support the posts. With All-On-Four, patients who were once ineligible for implants can now qualify for this type of treatment. Additionally, All-On-Four dental implants do not typically require bone grafting. All you need is four implants to hold the bridge in place.

One of the biggest advantages of All-On-Four is that you can often have a fixed prosthesis placed on the same day. In contrast, standard dental implants usually require several months of healing before the final restoration can be attached.

What are the benefits of All-On-Four dental implants?

Along with helping to stop dentures from slipping, there are other benefits from choosing All-On-Four dental implants:

  • Eliminate the need for bone grafting, which is invasive, uncomfortable and expensive
  • Help with speech issues caused by dentures
  • Help those who have a hard time adapting to bridge thickness
  • Increased proprioception – The ability of an implant to sense the force of a bite (much like natural teeth)

Who should consider All-On-Four dental implants?

We often recommend All-On-Four dental implants for patients who need to replace all or the majority of their teeth. It may also be a good option if you have low bone volume or are unable to have a bone graft due to another health condition like diabetes or osteoporosis. If you have previously been told you do not qualify for dental implants due to bone loss, ask your dentist about the All-On-Four technique. It could be a solution for you.

All-On-Four dental implants could be your solution to a smile you will be proud to show off. Contact our Skokie, IL office to schedule an appointment for restorative dental services today.

Prosthodontics: Specializing in Beautiful Smiles

While modern dentistry has made excellent strides over the years, misconceptions surrounding the industry still abound. Contrary to popular belief, dentists don’t hold a monopoly on improving a patient’s overall oral health. They don’t oversee and perform every dental procedure, nor are they expected to do so. In fact, a suitable patient pathway often involves interfacing with professionals spanning various dental disciplines, from endodontics to dentofacial orthopedics, and everything in between. Here, our doctors at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry will discuss the importance of consulting with a prosthodontist for your oral health needs.

What is Prosthodontics?

Much like medicine, dentistry is highly specialized. And as one of nine branches officially recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA), prosthodontics is dentistry’s oldest and arguably, most complex specialty.

Prosthodontics as a specialty has always been divided into three distinctive areas:

  • Fixed prosthodontics, which includes non-removable crowns and bridges
  • Removable prosthodontics, which includes full and partial dentures
  • Maxillofacial prosthodontics, which involves the treatment of genetic defects such as cleft palate, as well as post-surgical reconstruction following oral cancer treatment

Commonly referred to as “the architects of dentistry,” prosthodontists undergo three years of extensive training following general dental school in which they are provided with the tools and expertise to diagnose and treat patients using biocompatible alternatives to replace missing or damaged teeth. According to the American College of Prosthodontics, more than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth, and nearly 120 million people in the U.S. have at least one missing tooth.

Who Needs to See a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists are trained using state-of-the-art techniques to restore optimal function and improve the overall aesthetics of a smile. Thus, any patient with multifaceted restorative needs should consult a prosthodontist for before going through with treatment.

While edentulism (toothlessness) disproportionately affects aging and economically disadvantaged populations, many patients are middle-aged adults or older who have many years of accumulated wear and tear on their teeth.

Types of Procedures:

As their title suggests (“prosthesis” = addition, “odont” = tooth), these specialists plan and execute procedures related to, in part or in full, the replacement of natural teeth. Some of these treatments include:

  • Dental Implants: There are times when replacing an entire tooth is the only viable option. These days, dental implants consist of a titanium metal post which is inserted into the jaw, fusing with the jaw bone, providing a solid base for a lifelike crown. While implants are on the costlier side of tooth replacement methods, they can last a lifetime.
  • Crowns: Crowns are artificial caps designed to replace the surface of a tooth right above the gum line. They are often required after a root canal, or to repair cracked, broken, or misshapen teeth.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made to conceal the front surfaces of teeth. Whether your teeth are chipped, cracked, or missing entirely, veneers deliver a practical all-in-one solution.
  • Fixed Bridges: Harnessing the power of existing healthy teeth, this tooth-replacement method involves a series of linked crowns being fabricated as a single unit, which is then attached to the prepared abutment teeth (teeth supporting the bridge).
  • Dentures: Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, dentures can improve the overall aesthetics and functionality of someone who is missing multiple teeth, particularly when the dentures are crafted to a higher standard of workmanship and fitted properly in the mouth.

Contact Your Local Prosthodontist Today

If you have any questions about prosthodontics or how to attain the smile you’ve always wanted, contact our team at (847) 676-3500 to schedule a visit at our Skokie, IL practice. Dr. Stein is an experienced prosthodontic specialist who can design a treatment plan to meet your needs.

We’re here for you.

Dr. Abraham E. Stein

4711 W. Golf Rd, Suite 912
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 676-3500

Located at the corner of Skokie Blvd and Golf Rd., adjacent to the Double Tree hotel

Providing Dental Care For the Communities of:

Skokie, Evanston, Des Plaines, Wilmette, Niles, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge, Northfield, Winnetka

Convenient Office Hours:

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: Call for hours

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  • America Dental Association
  • American College of Prosthodontists

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Dr. Abraham E. Stein

From start to finish, a fabulous experience (sounds like an oxymoron when talking about "dental visits", but actually true). From stepping in and encountering a superbly run front desk and incredible dental hygienist (whom I have seen for 20+ years), great dental assistants, and of course the master himself -- Dr. Stein. He has done amazing things to my 65+ year-old choppers such that they are in the top tier of my peers. Need I say more?

Paul Ringel, M.D. Skokie, IL Dental Patient October 20, 2017

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