Restorative Dentistry near Wheeling, WV
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Let us refresh and reshape a stunningly beautiful smile that is sure to get you compliments. Full Mouth Reconstruction combines many of the services here at Wylie Dental Care. We use restorative and cosmetic dental practices to help build you a perfect smile. Dr. Wylie will assess your needs and desires to help create the ideal smile for you. Often these procedures can require a great deal of time. As such, we offer sedation options to ease the process that will provide you with a life altering solution.
Reconstructive dentistry refers to the set of procedures designed to replace missing teeth, repair damaged teeth, correct improperly seated jaw joints and faulty bites, address jawbone and gum damage, replace worn-out dental work, and, in some cases, treat diseases of the mouth. Each of these reconstructive procedures may be performed independently, but when multiple oral health problems exist, full mouth reconstruction may be advised.
Full mouth reconstructions combine esthetics with the science of restorative dentistry to improve the health, function, and beauty of the smile. Crowns (caps), dental bridges, dental veneers and/or dental implants may be used in a full mouth reconstruction. In some patients orthodontics may also be employed to help properly position the jaw and align the teeth.
Full mouth reconstruction can include any combination of the following:
- Restorative dental treatments: dental crowns, bridges, fillings, inlays, and onlays
- Implant dentistry: dental implants to replace missing teeth, replicating them from root to crown
- Cosmetic dentistry: porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding, and gum re-contouring
- Neuromuscular dentistry/TMD treatment: correction of problems involving the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and the bite
- Bruxism treatments: therapy to resolve teeth grinding and associated symptoms
- Orthodontics: traditional metal braces, spacers, expanders, and retainers
- Oral surgery: root canal therapy, soft and hard tissue grafting, and tooth extractions
- Periodontal treatments: scaling, root planing, and periodontal surgery
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)
Dr. Wylie provides dental services to help resolve problems associated with TMJ. TMJ is caused when the jaw is misaligned which can cause a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort. Other symptoms include headaches, jaw joint and muscle pain, locking of the jaw, bite misalignment, and difficulty chewing, speaking, swallowing, and eating. Using state of the art technology and procedures, Wylie Dental Care can assess your needs and provide the results you are seeking.
Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck — like from a heavy blow or whiplash — can lead to TMJ. Other causes include:
- Grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint
- Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth
What Are the Symptoms?
TMD often causes severe pain and discomfort. It can be temporary or last many years. It might affect one or both sides of your face. More women than men have it, and it’s most common among people between the ages of 20 and 40.
Common symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
- Problems when you try to open your mouth wide
- Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.
- A tired feeling in your face
- Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite — as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
- Swelling on the side of your face
You may also have toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).