Full Mouth Reconstruction Options
If you need all of the teeth in your upper and/or lower jaw rebuilt to restore their use and of course your smile, your dentist will almost certainly recommend a treatment plan known as a full mouth reconstruction. If you need all of the teeth in your upper and/or lower jaw rebuilt to restore their use and of course your smile, your dentist will almost certainly recommend a treatment plan known as a full mouth reconstruction.
What is a full mouth reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction refers to a series of different dental procedures which are necessary for you to achieve the functional and cosmetic improvements you need to restore the full use and appearance of your teeth and give you a healthy mouth. These procedures are placed into one treatment plan, and the order that they will be performed in will be very much dependent on the recommendations of your dental team.
Since full mouth reconstructions are so complex, they often necessitate a number of different professionals being involved in various steps of the process. In addition to your regular dentist, this may also include oral and maxillofacial surgeons, endodontists, periodontists and orthodontists depending on the work that you need.
Am I suitable candidate for a full mouth reconstruction?
Every patient requires a consultation before they can be considered for a full mouth reconstruction. This allows your dentist to undertake a full assessment of your teeth and mouth to see what is actually needed in order to help you achieve a healthy and attractive smile. After all, no-one wants to undergo unnecessary dental work! During this consultation you will also have tests done including x-rays and potentially a CT scan of your jaw, which will help your dentist plan which treatments will be most suitable for you.
Typically, patients who are considered to be suitable for a full mouth reconstruction include those with the following oral issues:
Teeth that have come loose or fallen out due to extensive decay or infection
Damage to their teeth as a result of a trauma such as a fall or car accident
Teeth that are severely eroded, something that often occurs amongst patients with acid reflux or who suffer from bruxism, a condition characterized by the clenching and grinding of teeth
Issues with their bite such as teeth not coming together properly, or pain in the temporomandibular joint
Your options for a full mouth reconstruction
Since a full mouth reconstruction is based on your individual dental needs, exactly what procedures will be included in your treatment plan will vary and will be discussed with you at your consultation. However, it is important for your dental team to keep this treatment plan fluid as it may need to be amended at some point, depending on how well each individual procedure goes and how your body responds.
Nevertheless, there are some procedures which are more common than others. These include the following:
Bone and/or soft tissue grafts
Cleaning of the periodontal pockets
Orthodontics such as braces or Invisalign
Professional dental clean
If you would like to discover more about your options for a full mouth reconstruction, please make an appointment with our experienced and knowledgeable dental team today. Dr. Yoon Choi at Smile by Design is the preferred cosmetic dentist in New York.