Full-Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction” full mouth reconstruction at West Hills Smiles tackles extensive damage to teeth that have long lost their functionality and aesthetic appeal. Performed by Dr. Mike Salekian or Dr. David Sturgeon, the West Hills Smiles full mouth reconstruction can restore chipped, broken-down, or missing teeth, aid mouth and jaw injuries, clear away gum infections and periodontal disease, and eliminate mouth pain.

Some dental practices only confront teeth concerns one at a time as they become damaged, ignoring the patients’ greater issues at play that will continue to cause these problems. West Hills Smiles wants to investigate further and prevent these issues through a full mouth reconstruction that addresses the long-term condition of your teeth.

The West Hills Smiles Approach

Many patients come into the West Hills Smiles office afraid that a dental restoration means invasive, painful treatment that involves losing the tooth structures that still remain. This couldn’t be further from the truth; Dr. Salekian and Dr. Sturgeon believe in always following a conservative approach (when a preventative one is impossible) that reduces the intensity of the full mouth restoration.

At West Hills Smiles, we have a wide range of procedures at our disposal that can rejuvenate your smile. These high-tech tools include tooth-colored fillings, dental implants, bridges, crowns, lasers for gum treatment, veneers as well as partial and full dentures when needed. Furthermore, we always work with a mindset for “biocompatible dentistry” biocompatible dentistry that respects your health and the environment.

Which Procedures Are Right for Me?

There’s no one set of treatments that work for every patient. It’s best to come into West Hills Smiles for a consultation and exam that can fully diagnose the larger issues causing damage to your teeth. We always err on the side of conservative procedures, so we want to make sure we have the full picture of what’s happening with your oral health.

Our range of evaluations presents to us a clear representation of your mouth. It starts with a thorough visual inspection and may require our low-radiation digital x-rays (though, please bring recent x-ray images if you have them). If further evaluation is required, Dr. Salekian or Dr. Sturgeon will check for TMJ issues, cancer, occlusal disease, bite malposition, periodontal damage, and dental decay.

Consultation with Drs. Salekian and Sturgeon

After these evaluations are complete, you’ll have a long conversation with your dentist. The two of you will discuss your specific goals, the capabilities of the procedures here at West Hills Smiles, and Dr. Salekian or Dr. Sturgoen’s recommendations. Every case is different; for example, some patients will want more of an “anti-aging dentistry” anti-aging dentistry approach, others may have more pressing periodontal concerns.

If you two agree on a course of action for your full mouth reconstruction, appointments can be quickly set, resolving your dental concerns in sometimes as little as a few weeks. Again, many procedures can be completed in just one sitting, so don’t be concerned about the temporary discomfort that comes from half-completed work.

In our many years as a West Hills Dentist, West Hills Smiles has met with many patients who had lost hope or had been told by other doctors that they will have to lose all of their teeth. That doesn’t have to be the case; meet with Dr. Salekian or Dr. Sturgeon at your earliest convenience. Contact us to schedule your consultation!

Occlusal Disease

Occlusal disease is widely regarded as the number one cause of tooth loss, as well as the number one cause of fillings and crowns breaking and needing to be replaced. Despite its wide range of effects for a wide range of individuals, many are still unfamiliar with occlusal disease. The confusion is understandable, since, like Periodontal disease, occlusal disease is not actually one disease, but is a generic term that covers a number of pathological conditions associated with the bite, jaw muscles and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Since occlusal disease covers so many conditions, it should come as no surprise that it also has a number of different causes. However, our esteemed dentists Dr. Mike Salekian and Dr. David Sturgeon will tell you the two main problems are an unbalanced bite and premature tooth wear from involuntary teeth grinding. Often a result of chronic conditions, there is no single cure for occlusal disease, but when treated by our knowledgeable dental professionals, it can be controlled to avoid painful consequences and damaging long-term effects.

At West Hills Smiles, our dentists are highly trained in performing a number of effective treatments for countering the effects of occlusal disease. Drs. Salekian and Sturgeon are highly experienced at assessing patients for signs and symptoms of the condition, allowing you to prevent costly long-term consequences. Signs and Symptoms can include pathological (unnatural) wear, fractured teeth and fillings, tooth sensitivity, abfractions (loss of structure from the teeth), headaches and muscle pain.

In many cases, the signs and symptoms of occlusal disease can be evident early in life – even in children. That’s why it’s almost never too early to begin preventive measures to avoid unnecessary pain later in life and encourage long-term dental health.

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