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Full Mouth Rehabilitation Often Requires a Team Approach

Some patients need a full mouth rehabilitation or reconstruction. One example would be a patient who has several missing teeth while many other teeth are breaking down and some teeth are not functioning properly. A full mouth reconstruction often involves restoring all 28 teeth. This process requires reconstruction or rebuilding teeth that have broken down in various areas of the mouth. The patient will be able to bite, chew and they can smile just like they did in the past—and in some cases better than ever before.

Some of these patients have such complex needs that an interdisciplinary team is required. For example, when dental implants are indicated, I often work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who places the implants and I take care of the restorative phase of treatment. If, however, we determine that there is a reasonable probability of saving the tooth and the case is complex, we bring in an endodontist, which is a dentist who specializes in root canal treatment. When the patient has severe periodontal disease, we refer the patient to a periodontist and work closely with that specialist.

The patient comes back to me after seeing the appropriate specialist—or, in some cases--multiple specialists from different disciplines of dentistry. At that point I take over as the quarterback, so to speak, to restore all the teeth or the implants that have been stabilized by my specialist team. These complex cases are very gratifying because they provide such a makeover for the patient, functionally and esthetically.

It is emotionally satisfying for me to finish the case and give the patient the mirror. I get choked up because the patient is so happy that they can smile with confidence and eat the foods they like without any problems.

Dr. Michael E. Gallagher
West Park Dental
Cleveland, OH

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Posted 10/07/2019

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Dental Prevention Starts with Teaching Children to Brush and Floss

At West Park Dental the entire team is involved in the prevention program in order for it to be successful. Prevention is part of our practice culture and everyone--from hygienists to assistants to the doctors--will emphasize prevention with patients.

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Posted 01/13/19

A Fearful New Patient Had the Courage to Call for an Appointment

Here at West Park Dental we have an overall philosophy that the patient comes first, which sounds simple but it is really something we put into practice.

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Posted 01/06/19

West Park Dental in Cleveland Offers Fast Smile Makeovers

Veneers are a wonderful product we can offer patients here at West Park Dental, and there are certain circumstances that make them a wise choice versus putting a crown on a tooth. An example is a patient I have who has what we call “tetracycline staining.”

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Posted 12/30/19

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