See How a Full-Mouth Reconstruction Can Help You Smile Again
Your quality of life is totally related to the image you have of yourself, your self-image. And self-image is enhanced by being totally whole. Being whole has to do with your teeth. Just the way you process food from a nutritional point of view is very important in having your teeth not only look good but functioning well. Total rehabilitation starts from the way you walk, the color of your hair. The other thing is anthropomorphic. Anthropologically, people have different shapes. Some people are more bimuscular protruded. Some people have a stronger chin. You have to start talking to the patient, “Is this the image you like, or will that fit into your cranial structure?” So, we have ways of doing that. We have mountings. We make impressions, we have wax-ups, and we go over this with patients. We also have ways, if you don’t have any teeth, of estimating what the size of your teeth and shape of your teeth are by taking the shape of your face, whether it’s taper and ovoid, turned upside down, and coming up with a measurement, asking the lab to put that together.
We could even have a try in. There are things called Snap-On Smiles, where it’ll be a model of what the finished product looks like closely, and you could wear it. And if you like that, we’ll make a model of that. The other thing about doing this waxing up and all the (inaudible 00:01:26) is that the lab can create for you something. And if you like it, then they can make the temporaries in the same shape, and you could wear them, and then you could say, “Ah, I think those front teeth are too long, I’m biting, my lips,” or, “Oh, I can’t say the words that start with F or S.” So, now we can make that change for you, so that’s a full mouth rehabilitation have a lot to do with that. The other thing is based on the way your skeletal structure is, sometimes people have teeth extracted to pull structures back in place. Well, if the lip collapses and it doesn’t fit in with your facial morphology, that’s not what you want. So, we have to look way ahead. We have to look at you and customize the full mouth rehabilitation that’s gonna fit you.