Good oral health depends upon a balanced system of soft, hard and connective tissues, nerves and blood vessels. This includes the gums, tongue, inner cheeks, lips, teeth and jawbone, as each of these individual areas can affect the health and workability of the other areas. Individuals who work to maintain good oral health through daily oral care as well as twice yearly dental examinations and cleanings often reap the benefits of a balanced oral health system. Unfortunately, a bump on the head or face as caused through an auto accident, a sports injury, a fall or an act of violence can cause facial injury and trauma that can throw this system out of balance, and compromise one’s oral health. Dental cosmetic and reconstructive surgery are not only helpful in restoring the oral health system balance that allows the individual to carry on their basic life functions, like eating and breathing, but can also be helpful in restoring one’s appearance and thereby aiding their emotional health.
The Basics of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
The different procedures that comprise cosmetic and reconstructive surgery work to replace missing teeth, repair damaged teeth, correct improperly seated jaw joints, handle faulty bites, repair jawbone and gum damage, and replace worn-out dental work. These procedures can sometimes also work to treat various oral diseases.
Depending on the extent of facial injury or trauma an individual has suffered from or depending upon what cosmetic surgery they may desire, they may need just one or two cosmetic or reconstructive surgery procedures or they may need a full mouth reconstruction. Full mouth reconstruction may include restorative dental treatments like dental crowns, bridges, fillings, inlays and onlays, implant dentistry to replace missing teeth, cosmetic dentistry like porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding and gum re-contouring, neuromuscular dentistry and TMD treatment to correct problems that involve TMJs and bite, bruxism treatments to resolve teeth grinding and associated symptoms, orthodontics like Invisalign, metal braces, spacers, expanders and retainers, oral surgery like root canals, soft and hard tissue grafting and tooth extractions, periodontal treatments like scaling, root planing and periodontal surgery and much more.
Individuals who suffer from multiple oral health problems that affect the majority, or all, of their teeth and supportive oral tissues are candidates for at least some cosmetic or reconstructive surgery procedures. A full dental examination will help to determine what procedures may be necessary in order to help the patient achieve the healthy, balanced system of tissues, nerves and blood vessels they need to enjoy ideal oral health.