What is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is the process of rebuilding or replacing of all or multiple missing or damaged teeth in a patient’s mouth. Sometimes this process is also called Full mouth rehabilitation. The possible treatment options can include tooth-colored fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges, dental implants, bone and tissue grafting, orthodontic braces or aligners, removable dentures. Full mouth reconstruction could be a lengthy treatment and sometimes could take up to 12 months or more to complete.
We have seen the impact a full mouth reconstruction has had on the confidence and quality of life for hundreds of our patients. When people have damaged gums and teeth, it is difficult and very painful for them to do simple daily tasks like eating and speaking. But once their mouth is restored, they are able to smile openly every day and live more comfortably doing their daily routines.
Our experienced team, which has advanced training and years of restoration experience, uses a combination of treatments to improve the health, function and appearance of your mouth. We bring in other professionals such as a denturist or a dental lab technician, if needed, to create a personalized treatment for you.
When Do I Need Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Smaller problems can often be fixed in one or a few sessions. People could be a good candidate for full mouth reconstruction when they have critical dental problems like:
- Multiple missing teeth
- Many teeth with failing fillings
- Advanced gum disease
- Broken teeth
- Worn out teeth from grinding
When teeth are angled in unusual directions, chipped or cracked, they can make tooth surfaces hard to reach for cleaning. This allows bacteria to grow and consume parts of your teeth as well as wear down gum tissue. If the bacteria are not treated, it can lead to gum disease.
Benefits of a Full Mouth Reconstruction
We have seen our patients experience a range of benefits after a full mouth reconstruction including:
Improved oral health
This is one of the greatest benefits because it targets problems like dental decay and gum disease that lead to tooth loss and consequent loss of chewing function, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder resulting from increased pressure on joints. TMJ disorder can cause muscle pain, headaches and even develop into a serious joint disease. Fixing these problems early helps to achieve better results with less complicated treatments, reduced treatment time and lower cost.
Better overall health
It is crucial to have good oral health because infections originated from the soft and hard tissues of the mouth (gums, bone, teeth) as, for instance, periodontal disease has been linked to increased likelihood of developing a range of health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke and even some cancers. A full mouth reconstruction decreases chances of having these additional health issues.
Patients who have had ongoing problems with their mouth are very shy and afraid to smile to their own family and friends, let alone new people they meet. This makes it hard to connect with other people, be fully engaged at work or pursue their personal goals like interviewing for a better job. We have seen the wonderful transformation of people who have increased confidence and regained their energy after their smile has been restored.
What to Expect
Our dentist will do an initial consultation with you to learn more about your condition and discuss the treatment options. Your mouth will first be examined with X-rays and a dental CT scan to make a 3D-model of your teeth. Based on the model, the dentist will create a treatment plan and discuss the most minimally invasive options with you.
Our wonderful team makes sure that your treatment is executed as smoothly as possible and that you are comfortable throughout the process. They can answer any questions you have before and during the appointments.
When people are doing longer procedures or get very anxious at the dentist, we can use the appropriate level of sedation where we use safe and effective medication to put them at ease. Learn more about our sedation dentistry services here.