Most of us make considerable effort to maintain our oral health and an attractive smile for as long as possible. Nevertheless, our teeth work hard and are exposed to many things during our lifetime, and this means that despite brushing, flossing and doing everything we can to take care of our teeth, there are still many issues that can arise. Some of these are natural occurrences, such as gaps between our teeth, or teeth that don’t come together perfectly when we close our mouths. Others happen due to external influences such as decay or trauma to our teeth.
If you have a variety of dental problems that are having a negative effect on the function and appearance of your teeth, or if your dentist has spoken to you about the necessity for a number of different treatments to correct the issues that you are facing, you may be a good candidate for a type of dental treatment that is referred to as a full mouth reconstruction.
What is a full mouth reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction refers to a series of different dental treatments that are performed in combination with one another so that your entire arch of teeth in either your upper or lower jaw is completely restored. Unsurprisingly, the complexity of such a treatment program means that multiple professionals will be involved in the process of reconstructing your smile and these could include periodontists, endodontists, orthodontists and dental surgeons. The use of specialists is recommended so that patients can achieve the optimal result from their treatment program.
What dental problems can a full mouth reconstruction address?
A full mouth reconstruction can help to resolve dental issues including:
Teeth that are chipped, fractured or otherwise broken
Teeth that are badly decayed
Overlapping, twisted, crooked or overcrowded teeth
Gaps between your teeth
Teeth that have fallen out and left a gap in your smile
Teeth that have been knocked out or suffered some other form of trauma
Teeth that are discolored, stained or simply not as white as you would like them to be
What are my options for a full mouth reconstruction?
The best way to determine what your options are with regards to a full mouth reconstruction is to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our highly knowledgeable dental specialists. With unique training and experience in providing full mouth reconstructions to a wide variety of different patients with unique dental needs, they will be able to talk to you about the most ideal options to be included in your treatment plan. They will ask you what your specific goals are for the function and appearance of your smile and work with you to achieve as many as are possible.
During your consultation your specialist will evaluate the current condition and appearance of your teeth. Dental x-rays will almost certainly be required. At this point you will be advised which procedures you are likely to need.
What procedures are included in a full mouth reconstruction?
Every patient is completely unique and has individual needs for their full mouth reconstruction. As such, which procedures you can expect to be included in your treatment plan may vary. Some of the most common procedures typically included in a full mouth reconstruction include:
Preparation of teeth so that any restorations can be fitted as appropriate.
Professional dental cleaning.
Placement of temporary or permanent restorations, such as crowns, fillings and bridges.
Periodontal treatments such as root planing and scaling.
Gum contouring to create improved uniformity of gum height across your smile.
Teeth whitening to lift stains and make your smile look like that of someone younger.
Orthodontic treatments, including braces, Invisalign or retainers.
Dental protection, for example a mouth guard to protect against teeth grinding.
Bone or soft tissue grafts.
Dentures or dental implants.
If you think that a full mouth reconstruction may be a viable option to restore your smile to its former glory, please do not hesitate to make a consultation appointment with our experienced and reassuring dental team.