Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction is a term that encompasses a variety of different treatment methods for restoring or replacing a person’s entire set of teeth. The goal of full mouth reconstruction is to not only restore the appearance of your smile, but the complete function of your mouth and teeth as well. Our team of Prosthodontic professionals at Central Dental Specialists are experts at the various procedures involved in full mouth reconstruction.
Who Requires a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
There is a wide range of patients who can benefit from full mouth reconstruction. People with multiple missing teeth, decayed or fractured teeth, or teeth with large fillings that are starting to fail or decay are all candidates for full mouth reconstruction procedures. You may also be a good candidate for a full mouth reconstruction if your teeth are worn down from bruxism or tooth grinding, bite issues, or acidic erosion. We also sometimes recommend full mouth reconstruction for patients with gum disease, oral cancer, or rare genetic conditions such as ectodermal dysplasia, amelogenesis imperfecta, or dentinogenesis imperfecta.
Why Get a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
When left untreated, any of the above dental issues can cause many serious problems. Even missing a single tooth causes your other teeth to shift position in your mouth, which can lead to bite issues and jawbone deterioration. With multiple missing teeth, you have an even higher chance of developing infections from food or bacteria entering the gaps where teeth should be, and these infections can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth that are fractured, worn down, or decayed are not able to function the way they should, and can cause significant difficulty in biting, eating, and speaking.
A full mouth reconstruction obviously restores the aesthetics of your smile, but just as important is the restoration of your ability to chew and speak normally again. Restoring the complete form and function of your mouth benefits your dental and overall health, and can greatly improve your quality of life.
What Are My Treatment Options?
If we determine that you are a good candidate for a full mouth reconstruction, we will work with you to develop your specific treatment plan. A full mouth reconstruction typically involves a combination of different dental procedures, including but not limited to dental implants, fixed bridges, crowns and implant-supported crowns, removable or implant-supported dentures, veneers, onlays, the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, gum tissue grafting, jawbone grafting, gum contouring, adult braces, tooth extraction, and deep cleaning.
The exact duration of your reconstruction, including the healing process, will depend on the types of procedures your individual case calls for. Some patients require multiple surgeries with months of healing time in between, while others might need a less invasive treatment that will take significantly less time. The first step in restoring the appearance and function of your mouth is to schedule a consultation with our team. We will do a complete dental exam, take x-rays of your mouth, review your dental and medical history, and evaluate your gum and jaw health. All of these elements will help us create the best possible treatment plan for your specific needs.
To learn more about full mouth reconstruction and schedule a consultation with our team, call Central Dental Specialists at (781) 438-6618 today.