A full mouth reconstruction, in very general terms, is treatment on nearly every tooth in order to give the patient a mouth that is at its best functionally or aesthetically. Often, patients wonder if a full mouth reconstruction is the best choice for them.
There are many reasons our dentists would suggest a full mouth reconstruction to a patient. While this is not a comprehensive list, here are some of the most common reasons for a complete mouth reconstruction.
• An injury caused by TMJD
• An over-closed bite caused by excessive wear on the teeth. Often this is a result of years of the patient grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw
• Consistent deep tetracycline stains on nearly every tooth
• Erosion of teeth from regular exposure to stomach acid
• Numerous teeth marred by genetic malformation or underdevelopment
• Severe breaks, cracks, or chips in many of the patient’s teeth usually caused by an accident or an injury
It is important to remember that while there is no definitive rule regarding when dentists should or should not perform a reconstruction, there are a few points to keep in mind if you are trying to decide if reconstruction is right for you.
• A reconstruction is time-consuming and will require frequent visits to our office.
• While many full mouth reconstructions are complete in several months, some can take up to two years. The amount of time needed depends on the treatments and severity of the patient’s dental problems.
• A full mouth reconstruction is a commitment and stopping treatment before the planned procedures are complete is not recommended.
Our patients often wonder what treatments are a part of a full reconstruction. While there are no set procedures that we use on every patient, there are several techniques that we frequently use during a full mouth reconstruction.
• Dental Crowns
• Dental Fillings
• Dental implants
• Dental Veneers
• Periodontal Therapies
• Teeth Whitening
You should keep in mind that this is general information. Each patient’s care plan for a full mouth reconstruction is unique. If you would like to learn more, feel free to set up a consultation.