If you’ve found yourself no longer smiling confidently like you used to, it might be time to consider a full mouth rehabilitation. Over the years, lifestyle factors, aging dental work, habits like bruxism (teeth grinding or jaw clenching), and other factors can affect teeth to the point where more than just a little work is needed. That’s where a full-mouth rehab comes in! But don’t worry, it’s not as intense as it sounds. In fact, in some cases, it can all be done in a day. If you’re wondering if you need a full mouth rehabilitation, let’s take a look at some signs it might be time:
#1 You’re Missing One or More Teeth
It’s so important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible! Not just for cosmetic reasons, but to maintain the health of your jaw bone which in turn will help maintain the structure of your face. Did you know if you don’t replace teeth soon after losing them with something that stimulates the jaw bone like an implant, premature aging can set in due to jaw bone deterioration?
#2 You’re Experiencing Chronic Pain
No one should have to live in pain. If you are experiencing pain on a regular basis in your mouth or jaw, it’s important to address the cause of the pain as soon as possible to prevent the problem from getting worse and requiring more dental work in the long run. If you’re experiencing chronic pain it may be time for a full mouth rehabilitation.
#3 You Have Teeth That Are Worn Down
It’s normal for teeth to wear down slightly with age and just general wear and tear as time goes on. If your teeth are showing excessive signs of wear, bruxism or teeth grinding and clenching could be to blame. And it’s common for patients to not even realize they are grinding their teeth because it often occurs during sleep.
#4 You Have Gum Disease (at any stage)
Gum disease, at any stage, needs treatment asap. If you begin treatment early in the stages of gum disease, most of the damage that can occur is reversible. But once you enter the more advanced stages of gum disease, damage can become permanent such as tooth loss. This is where a full mouth rehabilitation may come into play.
#5 You Have Experienced Dental Trauma
Traumatic events, accidents or sports injuries can wreak havoc on the mouth. Sometimes dental trauma can lead to severe damage that requires a full mouth rehabilitation to get your mouth healthy and pain-free again.
#6 Your Reading This Blog Post
If you’re still reading this blog post, chances are you are concerned enough about your smile that you are ready to do something about it or are at least considering it! That’s great news and it’s the first step towards achieving a new, improved smile.
If you’re interested in learning more about a full mouth rehabilitation or you just need to schedule an appointment, call us today at 619-656-1788.