What is full mouth reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is the process of rebuilding or restoring all of the teeth of the upper and lower jaws. It is required only in the case of severe dental problems. The treatment may also be called full mouth restoration or full mouth rehabilitation.
With aesthetic skill and the science of restorative dentistry, Drs. Michael and Pamela Adams can improve the health, function and beauty of your smile. They can also coordinate the use of other dental specialists as needed.
Is full mouth reconstruction carried out by one dentist?
Full mouth reconstruction will likely involve a cooperative effort between a restorative or general dentist and a number of dental specialists. These specialists might include an endodontist (who specializes in tooth pulp), an oral surgeon, a periodontist (who specializes in gum treatment), and possibly an orthodontist (who specializes in the movement of teeth into proper alignment).
Adams Dental can assess your need for full mouth restoration and coordinate the entire process among a team of excellent specialists.
Why would full mouth reconstruction be necessary?
Rehabilitation of the entire mouth could be required due to several dental difficulties: lost teeth; injured teeth; extremely worn or eroded teeth; misaligned teeth; and pain of the jaws, muscles or head due to malocclusion.
How does full mouth reconstruction proceed?
Obviously, the first step of full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive examination to determine the severity of problems and to identify possible corrective actions. Tooth issues to be identified would include the following:
- Tooth wear
- Tooth fractures
- Incompatible tooth length (long or short)
- Loose teeth
This examination will determine what restorative procedures are required.
Gum health will also be assessed, covering the following areas:
- Deep pockets
- Too much or too little gum tissue
- Diseased gums
- Problems with bone density
A fully restored smile will need a foundation of gums that are healthy and solid, so periodontal treatments may be necessary.
One end result of a full mouth restoration should be a stable bite to assure healthy eating and to avoid excessive tooth wear. Therefore, your dentist will be concerned about occlusion, the proper coming together of the upper and lower jaw upon closing of the mouth.
The aesthetics of your smile will also be assessed to help develop an overall plan for how your reconstructed teeth will look in relation to your gums, lips, and face.
What procedures will be necessary?
Crowns (caps), dental bridges, dental veneers and/or dental implants are treatments that may be employed in a full mouth reconstruction.
In some patients, orthodontia might also be used to help properly position the jaw and align the teeth, and periodontal therapy might be used to enhance gum health and stability.
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