What is dental reconstruction and what is it indicated for?
Dental reconstruction is the replacement or repair of teeth, bone or tissue. This treatment is indicated both for the problems of damaged and worn teeth and to treat TMJ syndrome (a disorder of the jaw joint that causes head and neck pain and sometimes a clicking sound when chewing).
The type of dental reconstruction to be used will depend on the severity and characteristics of the patient’s condition.
What types of dental reconstruction techniques exist?
In some cases in which the dental deterioration is very severe, a complete oral reconstruction is performed, combining esthetic and neuromuscular dentistry techniques. In addition, orthodontics can be used to correct the alignment defects of the teeth and subsequently address the dental restoration with porcelain veneers, dental crowns, bridges, implants and inlays.
The type of dental reconstruction to be used will depend on the severity and characteristics of the patient’s condition. There are three types of dental reconstruction:
- Dental reconstruction with composite.
- Dental reconstruction with inlays.
- Dental reconstruction with a post and crown.
Care after the intervention
After dental reconstruction it is normal for the patient to feel pain and discomfort. The doctor can try to reduce this by prescribing painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Of course, you will also feel the effects of anesthesia for a few hours. However, both problems will subside after one or two days.
Your doctor may recommend that you follow a liquid diet for a week or two, so as not to strain the new tooth until your body has fully accepted it and it is guaranteed to survive. Your doctor may also recommend that you use a special mouth rinse for a period of time to keep your mouth free of bacteria and other germs that could seep through the reconstructed tooth. It will be your doctor who will inform you how long you should carry out these rinses and what type they should be.
Finally, it should be noted that you should visit your dentist on a regular basis so that he or she can evaluate how the recovery process is progressing. It is important to have these routine checkups, otherwise the dental reconstruction could cause problems if there is something to correct and it is not corrected.