Full Mouth Reconstruction
When it comes to our oral health, many people think of their teeth and little else. But it involves much more — the teeth, jawbone, the soft tissues of the gums and tongue, and the muscles that control our bite. When everything works well, dental care involves little more than twice-yearly cleanings and exams.
But it’s usually not that simple. Often a combination of poor oral hygiene and delinquent care can lead to serious issues such as severely decayed teeth, gum disease, a misaligned bite, and deteriorating jawbone mass. When these problems develop, it’s time to think about full-mouth reconstruction involving all of the teeth, the jawbone, and the gums. The team at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry can perform the procedures necessary, sometimes enlisting the expertise of specialists, to give you back a healthy, beautiful smile.
What is Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
As the name implies, this is a multi-faceted approach. But the process usually involves all of the teeth and the soft tissues. Missing teeth are replaced, damaged teeth repaired, alignment of the bite and corresponding jaw joints is addressed, gum disease reversed, jawbone mass is rebuilt, and worn out dental appliances are replaced. Between Drs. Daftary, Mahallati, and Wöhrle, we perform most of the procedures, but we may enlist the services of specialists such as a periodontist or oral surgeon, if necessary.
Am I a Candidate for Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
There isn’t a single threshold or set of problems that constitutes when a patient needs “full-mouth reconstruction,” as every patient is different. But when the damage has progressed past the point of involving just a few teeth, or when the gums are in periodontitis, more in-depth treatment is required to save the teeth.
These are some possible issues that lead to full-mouth reconstruction:
- Multiple teeth that have been lost due to extensive decay or trauma
- Multiple teeth that have been injured or fractured
- Teeth that have been worn down from long-term grinding or acid reflux
- Gum disease is threatening the health of the teeth and the jaw
Full-Mouth Reconstruction Procedures
Full-mouth reconstruction with the team at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry is an involved commitment. After your consultation, we will create a treatment plan and discuss it with you. Multiple phases and office visits will be necessary. The entire process may require a full year, depending on your situation. Full-mouth reconstruction can include any combination of the following procedures:
- Restorative dental treatments — Dental crowns, bridges, fillings, inlays and onlays
- Implant dentistry — Implants to replace missing teeth, and to provide anchor points for appliances such as bridges
- Cosmetic dentistry — Porcelain veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, gum re-contouring
- Bruxism treatment — Measures to end bruxism (tooth grinding)
- Orthodontics — Traditional braces, Invisalign, spacers, expanders, and retainers, all with the intent of moving the teeth into the proper locations
- Oral surgery — Root canals, soft and hard tissue grafting, extractions
- Periodontal treatments — Gum scaling, root planing, and periodontal surgery to address gum disease
- TMJ treatment — Bite alignment is corrected to remove chronic jaw, neck, and face pain
Are These Procedures for Full-Mouth Reconstruction Painful?
Modern techniques and anesthesia ensure the individual procedures such as root canals, gum scaling, or the placement of implants are pain-free. But there will be pain during recovery. Generally, this consists of soreness and aching type of discomfort. We provide you with the necessary medication to manage your discomfort. Also, if you’re apprehensive about any part of the treatment, we offer sedation to help with your anxiety.
Full-Mouth Reconstruction Recovery
Due to the wide assortment of procedures that can be included in full-mouth reconstruction, it’s impossible to say what your individual recovery will entail. Implants usually involve a three-step process with some gum recovery for a few days. Cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers don’t require any recovery. Root canals have some soreness, but no real recovery. Rest assured the team at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry will walk you through your recoveries, just like your procedures.
How Much Does Full-Mouth Reconstruction Cost and is Financing Available?
As with recovery, there’s no way to tell what your individual full-mouth reconstruction will entail, so it’s impossible to estimate the cost. Once we settle on your individual treatment plan, we’ll discuss what the various facets will cost. At the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry, we offer CareCredit, Lending Club, or Citi Health options for dental financing.
<!–Some people have a combination of dental problems, including missing teeth, damaged teeth, faulty bites, and gum damage. Some have dental restorations that are worn out. Others have gum disease and jawbone damage. Specific procedures can address each of these problems. However, when multiple problems exist, a full mouth reconstruction may be the best course of action.
What is full mouth reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction refers to the process of rebuilding or restoring all of the patient’s teeth, both in the upper and lower jaws. It involves several dentistry procedures to improve the appearance and health of your smile.
When do you need a full mouth reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction may be recommended to those who have missing teeth due to trauma or decay, injured or fractured teeth, and severely worn teeth due to long-term acid erosion or tooth grinding. Those who are suffering from TMD symptoms, such as jaw pain and headaches, may also be good candidates for a full mouth reconstruction. You can also benefit from this procedure if you have had gum disease, or missing teeth that have affected your bite.
What can I expect during my consultation?
Dr. Mahallati will perform a comprehensive examination of your mouth to identify the severity of the problem and create a treatment plan that addresses your needs. Dr. Mahallati will examine the condition of your teeth, gums, temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles, and bite. Overall aesthetics will also be considered.
What procedures are included in a full mouth reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstructions typically involve multiple visits to your dentist. Depending on your situation, treatments may take more than a year. Your full mouth reconstruction may involve the following procedures:
- Dental cleaning and periodontal care
- Crown lengthening
- Gum re-contouring
- Placement of tooth-colored fillings
- Dental bonding
- Teeth whitening
- Reduction of natural tooth structure to prepare tooth for the placement of bridges, crowns, or veneers
- Placement of temporary dental restorations to become accustomed to the presence of new teeth
- Placement of permanent dental restorations, such as veneers, crowns, inlays/onlays, or bridges
- Use of traditional metal braces or Invisalign to move your teeth to their proper positions
- Placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Root canal therapy and tooth extractions
- TMD treatments to correct problems involving the temporomandibular joint
- Bruxism treatments that resolve teeth grinding