Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction, full mouth rehabilitation, dental full mouth reconstruction, and full mouth restoration are terms often used interchangeably to describe the process of rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. A full mouth reconstruction dentist can help you with ease with all these issues.
Full mouth reconstruction typically involves general or restorative dentists (performing procedures like dental crowns, bridges and veneers), and can incorporate dental specialists like periodontists (specializing in the gums), oral surgeons, orthodontists (specializing in tooth movements and positions) and endodontists (specializing in the tooth pulp).
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The need for full mouth reconstruction may result from:
- Teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma.
- Teeth that have been injured or fractured.
- Teeth that have become severely worn as a result of long-term acid erosion (foods, beverages, acid reflux) or tooth grinding.
- Ongoing complaints of jaw, muscle and headache pain requiring adjustments to the bite (occlusion).
How the Full Mouth Reconstruction Process Begins at Designer Smiles Dentistry
If you think you need full mouth restoration or reconstruction, see Dr. Stephen for a comprehensive dental examination. Dr. Stephen will examine your mouth to determine the extent of the problem and the treatment options that can be used to correct it. In particular, she will examine the condition of your teeth. The condition of your teeth will determine what restorative procedures may be needed.
Periodontal (gum) tissues:
If your gums are not healthy, you will most likely need scaling and root planing to treat periodontal disease.
Temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles and occlusion:
A stable bite – one in which you are not in pain when you close your mouth or chew, and one that does not cause wear or destruction of your teeth – is important to your overall oral health.
The color, shape, size and proportion of your teeth, and how they appear in relation to your gums, lips, mouth, side profile and face, are also important factors in full mouth reconstruction treatment.
Once we have obtained all information relevant to your case, Dr. Stephen will develop a comprehensive, step-by-step treatment plan to correct all of the problems in your mouth and complete your full mouth reconstruction. If you do not understand the procedure being described to you, ask for a detailed written description of the proposed treatment plan so you can review it. This can be helpful if you want to get a second opinion. Be sure you understand the risks and benefits of the recommended dental procedures and treatments.