Some patients dwell on the financial cost or potential discomfort of undergoing multiple restorative treatments at our Skokie, IL dental office. While it is completely normal to sometimes fixate on these aspects of dental care, it is important to not lose sight of the real reason you are undergoing treatment at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry — to restore your quality of life.
If you are experiencing difficulty chewing and speaking due to severe dental problems and/or tooth loss, a full mouth restoration can restore oral function while helping you regain the confidence to smile again. Here are just a few of the quality of life issues you can resolve by undergoing full mouth reconstruction under the skilled hands of Dr. Abraham Stein.
Regain Clarity of Speech
The teeth, especially our anterior teeth (incisors) are critical for speech function. The teeth help control airflow while we speak. When the tongue strikes the back of our teeth or the roof of the mouth, that contact aids with diction. If you have lost teeth, you probably have noticed that certain consonants are harder to enunciate. Over time, your palate may partly adjust, but there is no replacement for teeth or artificial teeth like dental implants.
Our Skokie clinic offers three speech-improving treatment options that can be included in your customized full mouth restoration plan.
- Dental implants
All three of these prosthetics replace missing teeth. By providing a surface for your tongue to rest against while speaking, you can regain clarity of speech. Dr. Stein will help you decide which restoration will work best for you. In general, dental implants replace individual missing teeth, dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth, and bridges replace multiple neighboring teeth.
Regain Oral Function
Decayed, chipped, or missing teeth can seriously impede chewing function. For some individuals, eating may become frustrating or even painful. Individuals who have missing or damaged teeth on one side of their mouth tend to rely on the healthier half of their mouth when chewing. This can cause premature wear on the remaining natural teeth.
Individuals who have a full set of molars in correct alignment generally have what is referred to as a good bite balance. An even bite balance applies pressure evenly across the molars, thereby allowing for efficient chewing. When individuals have poor bite balance, they are at higher risk for choking and jaw pain.
Dr. Stein can perform any of the following procedures to restore proper oral function as part of your full mouth restoration.
- Composite (tooth-colored) fillings
- Dental crowns
Depending on your oral needs, you may require one or more of these treatments. Filings, inlays, and onlays “fill in” the areas vacated by decay. Often, the areas of decay are on the top of the molars. By removing decay and reinforcing the strength of your tooth using composite fillings, inlays, or onlays, you can enjoy restored chewing function. Dental crowns may be needed if your tooth is severely damaged or severely decayed. A dental crown (which can be used in conjunction with a dental implant) provides a strong chewing surface.
Regain Your Youthful Smile
The third quality of life benefit is often considered the most powerful. Individuals who seek the restorative benefits of a full mouth restoration often have noticeable dental blemishes, such as discolored, chipped, or missing teeth. When mapping out your customized treatment plan. Dr. Stein will keep your cosmetic goals in mind. While your friends and family may not notice that you are able to chew and speak with ease, they will be sure to complement the appearance of your new and youthful smile.
Schedule Your Full Mouth Reconstruction Consultation Today
Meet with Dr. Stein to discuss all of your restorative needs. He is welcoming new patients. Call the Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry today: 847-676-3500.