The process of restoring teeth belonging to the lower and upper jaw simultaneously to improve the functionality and appearance of the smile is termed as full mouth reconstruction. The process can also be termed as full mouth rehabilitation and restoration. A trained and certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon performs a full mouth rehabilitation.
What does a full mouth reconstruction involve?
A 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), and endodontic treatment to diagnose and address issues related to the dental pulp of teeth, minor or significant cosmetic surgeries related to the mouth and face to correct dental or facial problems.
When would a full mouth reconstruction be necessary?
A full mouth reconstruction may not be required in most of the cases. It would need a dentist’s expertise via thorough oral and facial examination to understand whether you are a suitable candidate for a full mouth rehabilitation procedure. Let’s list out the condition that fulfills the requirements for such a procedure.
- 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?
A dentist would generally conduct an extensive oral examination to understand the depth of the condition. This also allows him/her to formulate an exact treatment plan to move forward with the treatment option. The dentist would examine the patient’s teeth to understand which restorative procedure (crowns, veneers, inlays or onlays, bridges or implants) may suit them properly, undergo periodontal evaluation of the gum tissues, examine the temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles, and occlusions, and evaluate the aesthetics of teeth such as its 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 treatment may last a duration of a few months, but realistically, the duration would typically depend on individual requirement.
Here is a list of the many procedures that a full mouth reconstruction may involve.
- Periodontal care and prophylactic teeth cleansing.
- Crown lengthening procedure.
- Orthognathic surgery to reposition the jawbone.
- Contouring of the gum tissue.
- Placing temporary and permanent tooth restorations.
- Placement of orthodontic braces.
- Placing dental implants to restore lost teeth.
- Bone or soft tissue grafting.
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