Full Mouth Restoration
Full mouth restoration, full mouth reconstruction and full mouth rehabilitation – terms used interchangeably - refer to restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures performed by a team of specialists to improve the health and appearance of gums, teeth, bones, and muscles.read more close
The common procedures of a full mouth reconstruction use porcelain veneers , dental crowns , dental implants , tooth bonding , tooth colored fillings , gum contouring , root canal therapy, periodontal treatment , dentures , TMJ treatment and dental bridges .
The team of specialists who perform reconstructions consists of periodontists ( gum specialist), oral surgeons , prosthodontists ( prosthetic specialist) and endodontists ( tooth pulp specialist) and cosmetic dentists ( beauty and function specialist).
Why is it done?
Dentists recommend a full mouth reconstruction to realign the bite , replace missing teeth or empower patients with an enhanced smile .
If you have:
Extensive damage or decay on existing teeth
Missing or lost teeth due to trauma or decay
Worn , cracked , chipped , or broken teeth
Crooked teeth or malformed/misaligned jaw causing bite issues (Malocclusion)
Severely worn teeth due to long term acid erosion from foods, beverages and acid reflux or tooth grinding.
Misshapen or unevenly sized teeth
Full mouth reconstruction risks vary depending on the multiple surgical or non-surgical procedures performed during a given period of time.
Experiencing some tooth sensitivity or minor discomfort after certain procedures is not uncommon. These symptoms are temporary and may be treated with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication . It is very important to practice dentist recommended oral hygiene habits following treatments.
Discussing the risks with a dental specialist is recommended before planning any full mouth restoration procedures.
How to Prepare?
The first step to a full mouth reconstruction is to take a comprehensive physical examination to set goals , determine current conditions and needs and draft different treatment choices . The examination may entail X-rays , scans , photos , clinical examinations and a full review of family medical and personal health history.
A dental specialist will examine the following parts of your face and mouth :
: Checking for current cavities and decay, tooth wear, cracks, short/long teeth, root canal issues or any tooth movement.
Gum Tissues : Checking for deep pockets, excessive or insufficient gum tissue, gum disease and bone density irregularities.
Temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles and occlusion : Checking for a stable bite that does not create pain when chewing and does not wear your teeth. Seeking occlusal changes that need to be taken into consideration.
Aesthetics : Checking for factors to consider when doing a full mouth reconstruction: the color, shape, size and proportion of teeth and how they look in relation to gums, lips, mouth, side profile, face.
Treatments can be done quickly or over an extended period of time . Procedures such as placing dental implants may require a ' healing period ' before subsequent procedures can be performed. Usually, full mouth reconstructions specialists start with general cleaning , deep cleaning and removal of old amalgams , then continue with more complex work. Periodontal work, root canals , bone grafts , sinus lifts and other procedures may be performed in succession or concurrently depending on a patient’s needs.
These procedures may take months or years to complete in the U.S., but with the boom of dental tourism in Costa Rica people can have full mouth restorations completed in two weeks.
You should expect to suffer no pain when chewing , and be able to eat properly and unencumbered . You should also be able to smile normally without strain or discomfort .
Full mouth restoration can ease the pain and discomfort of existing dental health issues. After treatment patients will notice an improvement in everyday activities like eating, sleeping and smiling for pictures. A happy and healthy smile is priceless and can improve the quality of your life in many ways.