When you need a full mouth reconstruction and are ready to transform your frown and dental pain into a radiant smile, The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry provides a full array of professional dental services, from performing simple and routine treatments to using innovative digital technology to create bridges, crowns, veneers and implants.
Dr. Robert Rioseco
Dr. Robert Rioseco founded The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in West Harrison, and is the only dentist between New York City and New Haven, CT (and one of fewer than 500 in the world) who is certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Accreditation. This certification process required eleven years of extensive testing, training, case judging and documentation of his work with patients. He is also one of the few dentists in the world using CEREC® digital technology to make bridges. His training at the DSD Planning Center for Digital Smile Design in Madrid has certified him to not only use this digital technology: His Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Westchester County is also a teaching facility for advanced cosmetic dentistry and hands-on training. He is also a CEREC® Mentor and teacher at the CEREC Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation: Determining If It’s Right For You
During your initial appointment, Dr. Rioseco will exam your mouth and discuss improvements to address both your dental health and the appearance of your teeth and gums.
Your comprehensive diagnosis and care plan will cover all of your dental needs and include a manageable timeline to complete all your treatments. Some patients desire to finish all dental procedures quickly; others opt for a phased approach. Regardless of your timeframe, your individualized program will achieve exceptional dental health, function and aesthetics to address your needs.
“Many candidates for full mouth rehabilitation have multiple broken down teeth caused by excessive wear in the front and back of their mouth,” says Dr. Rioseco. “Over time, the height of your teeth may become so worn down—and sometimes teeth even snap off at the gum line—they are hiding behind your upper lip and cannot be seen at all. Full mouth rehabilitation adds height to all teeth at the same time.”
Aside from resolving the overall health of your teeth and gums, and the obvious cosmetic considerations in improving your appearance, recreating the proper amount of space for teeth can alleviate snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ. It addresses periodontal issues, severe dental challenges, and complications resulting from decay and infection. And, full mouth rehabilitation provides patients with the comfort and functionality they need to properly enjoy, chew and digest food.
What is the Process?
The first thing Dr. Rioseco must determine is where your bite and jaw alignment should be in space once your teeth are restored to their proper shape and size.
Using digital photography and 3D x-rays, he creates digital molds of your teeth. “We combine all the digital data into a software program that puts full-size teeth into your mouth, virtually. All the planning, including showing you how the teeth will actually look in your mouth, is done through 3D modeling prior to beginning the process. You’ll know what your new smile will look like before we even pick up a drill,” he explains.
Once decisions are made about how many teeth are needed, as well as their size, shape and proper placement, the teeth and crowns are prepared onsite at Dr. Rioseco’s lab. Temporary crowns will be inserted, and your bite will be checked and refined. “The process can take about a month, and you’ll have five office visits, at most,” he says. “The key thing is all the planning is done without touching your teeth: It’s all done digitally.”
Full mouth rehabilitation may include a combination of crowns and veneers. And, says Dr. Rioseco, “Every so often, if a tooth is completely hopeless, we’ll do implants. We can replace dentures with implants that stay in the mouth, so you don’t have to take them in and out to clean and they fit properly.”
Moving From Hopeless to Solutions
If you’re one of the many people who go to the dentist to get one tooth fixed, only to find that another one soon breaks, and then another, you may feel no hope of ever finding a solution that works. “Chances are, your dentist doesn’t know how to provide the work you really need,” says Dr. Rioseco. “You may think things are so bad you’ll never be able to have good teeth. People tell me, ‘I hate my teeth,’ or ‘My wife says my teeth make me look old.’ They feel hopeless. But, there’s always a solution, and the longer you wait, the more expensive it may be.”
One of the biggest misconceptions about full mouth rehabilitation and dental work in general is related to pain. “You shouldn’t have pain from a dental procedure, and if you do, you waited too long and were in pain before the procedure started. If you start with pain, we’ll get you out of pain.”
“People say, ‘I don’t think anyone can fix my teeth,’ but no matter who you are, you can have great-looking, very functional teeth,” says Dr. Rioseco.
Are you ready to put your best smile forward? Call (914) 380-4531 for an appointment today.