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Full mouth crowns, which involve placing crowns on most or all of the teeth in your mouth, might seem like an extensive procedure. However, there are several reasons why someone might need or choose this comprehensive approach. Here are some of the primary reasons:
If multiple teeth have been significantly damaged by decay or trauma, full mouth crowns can restore their strength, function, and appearance.
Chronic teeth grinding, or bruxism, can wear down teeth over time. This can lead to decreased tooth height and an altered bite. full mouth crowns can restore the original size and shape of the teeth while providing a strong protective layer against future wear.
Acidic foods and drinks or medical conditions like acid reflux can cause erosion of the enamel over time. If multiple teeth are affected, crowns can be used to protect them and restore their original appearance.
In some cases, where orthodontic treatment alone may not be enough, crowns can be used to correct bite issues or improve the appearance of misaligned teeth.
Patients who've undergone treatment for oral cancer, suffered traumatic injuries, or have congenital dental issues might require a full mouth reconstruction, which can include full mouth crowns as part of the comprehensive treatment.
Some people opt for full mouth crowns for purely cosmetic reasons. They can provide a complete smile makeover, transforming discolored, misshapen, or unevenly sized teeth into a uniformly beautiful smile.
If you have multiple large fillings, old crowns that need replacing, or a combination of dental issues across many teeth, it might be more practical and aesthetically pleasing to opt for full mouth crowns for a harmonious and consistent appearance.
Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment can become brittle and more susceptible to fracture. Crowning these teeth can provide the necessary strength and support.
Full mouth crowns are protective caps that cover the entire visible part of a tooth, from the gum line upwards. When a patient gets crowns on all or most of their teeth, it's often referred to as "full mouth crowns."
Reasons can include severe tooth decay, wear from bruxism (teeth grinding), erosion from acid reflux or diet, malocclusion, aesthetic considerations, extensive previous dental work, or as part of a full mouth rehabilitation.
The crowns themselves are not different. The term "full mouth" simply denotes that most or all of the teeth are being crowned, rather than just one or a few.
The process typically requires multiple visits. The initial visit involves consultation, examination, and sometimes tooth preparation. Subsequent visits may include placing temporary crowns, making impressions, and finally placing the permanent crowns. The entire process might span a few weeks, depending on healing times and laboratory work.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or metal (like gold or other alloys).
With proper care, full mouth crowns can last many years. Porcelain and ceramic crowns typically last between 5 to 15 years, while metal crowns can last 20 years or longer. Longevity depends on oral hygiene, diet, and other factors.
Treat them as you would your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are essential. While crowns are durable, avoid chewing hard foods or objects to prevent potential damage.
Absolutely. Modern dental crowns are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth in terms of color, shape, and size. A skilled dentist and lab technician will ensure they complement your facial features and enhance your smile.
The procedure involves numbing the tooth and surrounding area, so you shouldn't feel pain during the treatment. Some discomfort or sensitivity might be experienced after the anesthesia wears off, but it's usually manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Yes, depending on your dental concerns, there may be alternative treatments available, such as veneers, bridges, implants, or orthodontics. Discuss with your dentist to determine the best option for your unique needs.