The process of restoring teeth belonging to the lower and upper jaw simultaneously to improve the functionality and appearance of the smile is known as full-mouth reconstruction. The process may also be referred to as full-mouth rehabilitation and restoration or as a “smile makeover.” Full-mouth rehabilitation is often performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
What does full-mouth reconstruction involve?
Full-mouth reconstruction typically involves restorative or cosmetic procedures such as crowns, bridges or even veneers. It can also involve gum therapy that helps revitalize the health of gums, orthodontic procedures (to analyze and impart proper movement of teeth), periodontics (to treat gum diseases), implant dentistry, endodontic treatment to diagnose and address issues related to the dental pulp of teeth, and minor or significant cosmetic surgeries related to the mouth and face to correct dental or facial problems.
When would full-mouth reconstruction be necessary?
Full-mouth reconstruction may not be required in most cases. Our restorative dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth and supporting oral and facial structures to determine if ull-mouth rehabilitation is a good option for you.
Some of the situations which may require full-mouth reconstruction include:
- Severe damage to teeth due to cavities or external trauma
- Teeth that have suffered from injury or fracture
- Teeth worn out due to long-term acid erosion
- Unexplained pain near the TMJ
- Facial pain or swelling
- Ongoing pain near the jawbone and surrounding muscles
How does a dentist evaluate whether you are in need of a full-mouth reconstruction?
Before you can receive full-mouth reconstruction you will need to receive an extensive oral examination. This examination helps us understand the full extent condition, including damage to your teeth and mouth, and helps us forumlate a customzied treatment plan that meets your needs. Our restorative dentist will carefully examine your teeth to understand which treatment or combination of treatments will provide you with the best results. It will include an evaluation and discussion of restorative procedures (such as crowns, veneers, inlays or onlays, bridges and implants); as well as a periodontal evaluation of the gum tissues; an examination of the temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles and occlusions; and evaluation the aestehtics of the teeth, including their color, shape, size and proportion.
What does a full-mouth reconstruction procedure typically involve?
Most reconstruction procedures involve a combination of several dental procedures ranging from restorative to cosmetic ones. Most treatments take a few months to complete, though your total treatment time depends on your individual needs.
Full-mouth reconstruction may involve:
- Periodontal care and prophylactic teeth cleanings
- Crown lengthening procedure
- Orthognathic surgery to reposition the jawbone
- Contouring of the gum tissue
- Placement of temporary and permanent tooth restorations
- Placement of orthodontic braces
- Placement of dental implants to restore lost teeth
- Bone or soft tissue grafting
Request an appointment with Dr. Sung Lydon to learn more about full-mouth reconstruction in Irvine, California. Call Lydon Dentistry today at 949-660-1321!