Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full Mouth Reconstruction What is “Full Mouth Reconstruction”?
This is a term used to describe a process in which a, highly skilled and trained, dentist can restore the teeth, gums and jaw to a healthy state. In some cases this process is needed because teeth may have been lost. Teeth can be lost or damaged due to several reasons such as injury, decay, breakage, grinding or acid erosion. Misaligned teeth can cause painful jaw problems. These jaw problems can lead to severe head and neck pain. Therefore, an adjustment must be made to correctly align the teeth and correct the bite (occlusion).
Some of these dental issues can be corrected with the use of dental veneers, dental crowns, and dental implants. The condition of the teeth will determine the actions that need to be taken by the dentist to restore the mouth back to a healthy state. In some cases the gums may need to be restored to treat periodontal disease. This may require scaling and root planning. In more severe cases, where the jaw bone has lost some of its density, there may need to be some treatment to strengthen the bone or soft tissue grafts.
During an initial visit, the damage and restoration can be determined by the dentist. There will be a plan developed for the treatment that is best for the patient to restore their mouth to a healthy state. In this initial planning stage, the dentist may need to take x-rays, photographs and dental impressions of the patient’s teeth. This will be valuable in helping the dentist create a plan that is both esthetically pleasing and effective in restoring the mouth to a healthy condition. In some cases the dentist may need to consult specialists such as a periodontist, oral surgeon or orthodontist to aid in the full mouth reconstruction.
This full mouth reconstruction process will likely take multiple visits and up to several months to be completed. This time will vary depending on the procedures that are needed to restore the mouth. There will be time needed to create any veneers, implants or crowns. The dentist will discuss all these details with you once a plan for the full mouth reconstruction has been created.