A full mouth reconstruction strives to eliminate all of your tooth decay, old fillings, and old dental crowns while improving your bite position. Everyone’s anatomy and jaw movements are different so everyone needs a different bite position according to their health and comfort.
Patients sometimes hear the phrase “full mouth reconstruction” and immediately shut down. They don’t want to deal with a complete overhaul of their mouth! Just the thought can be terrifying, but we have some information that might change your mind.
You might not think that full mouth reconstruction is for you, but it’s quite possible that it is. It can be difficult to know without taking a moment to step back and take an objective look at what’s really going on in your smile.
After all, while a full mouth reconstruction might sound scary, it could not only improve your life, but it could also save your life.
What is mouth reconstruction?
Full-mouth restoration also referred to as full-mouth reconstruction/rehabilitation, is a collection of restorative, cosmetic, and neuromuscular procedures that together rebuild your smile from scratch. A dentist analyses a full-mouth reconstruction not only from an aesthetic point of view but also a functional one. Your teeth can look good, but your teeth, jaw, and bite also need to function properly so that you are able to have a pleasing smile as well as a structurally sound smile. Not only will your smile be restored to health and beauty, but also your jaw will be returned to its optimal position for comfort and function.
Full-mouth restoration is not a simple undertaking, and both you and your dentist must be committed to the procedure from start to finish. Be aware that the dentist who will be doing your full-mouth reconstruction is experienced in such a comprehensive and extended treatment plan, and comfortable with modern cosmetic and restorative dentistry innovations and technology.
Who requires Full-Mouth Restoration?
Oral pain, broken teeth, missing teeth, and simple insecurity about the appearance of your teeth are all those signs that a full-mouth reconstruction could be beneficial for you. If your teeth feel loose, you’re experiencing bleeding, you’ve lost teeth, or your mouth is constantly sore, it’s clear that the function of your teeth has been compromised, and the appearance of your smile no doubt reflects that fact. If the state of your oral health is holding you back from making repairs, try to move past. Your dentist’s goal is to help you recapture sound oral health and a dazzling white smile.
It doesn’t matter whether the self-neglect, injury, inappropriate cosmetic treatments, or lack of preventive dental care has gotten your mouth into the condition it’s currently in – now is the time to make a change. If you’re experiencing any of the following problems, a full-mouth restoration may be an option for you:
- Teeth that are severely worn down
- Multiple missing teeth
- A deep bite (the upper teeth bite too far down over the lower teeth)
- Patients wishing for instant orthodontics (using porcelain veneers, bridges, or other restorations on all the teeth to reshape and reposition the teeth)
- Severe decay in most of the teeth
- Severe erosion of the enamel
- Congenital disorders that cause missing teeth, missing enamel or poorly formed teeth
- Traumatic injury to the teeth and jaws
Even though some of these symptoms seem unrelated to oral health care, they most certainly are related.A broken tooth can impact your bite. A compromised bite can make biting, chewing or speaking difficult. Problems with chewing can lead to wear of your teeth. Wear and tear can create jaw and neck pain or minor to severe headaches
How does it work?
Full mouth restoration (FMR) is the individual reaction of each tooth in your mouth. Depending on your circumstances this can involve the use of dental veneers, crowns and gum contouring among other solutions
How long will it take?
A full mouth restoration can be accomplished in as little as two to three visits. It depends on your oral conditions and other related factors.
Procedures That Are Included in Full-Mouth Restoration
There is a wide range of options when it full-mouth restoration is considered and your dentist will review all of them to determine the best course of treatment and the procedures for which you’re a good candidate. Below are some of the procedures that may be included in a full-mouth reconstruction plan:
When you want to undergo any sort of restorative or cosmetic dentistry work the foundation of your mouth has to be healthy and support. If you are suffering from gum disease, scaling and root planning will make up the bulk of your periodontal treatment. Regular deep cleanings may also be prescribed. Gum disease must be evaluated and treated before any reconstruction can be initiated.
Composite tooth fillings can be used to fill cavities, and their natural color blends in with your teeth – no one will ever recognize you had a dental cavity. Composite can even be used to make small surface repairs of teeth.
When tooth decay has spread into the pulp chamber of a tooth, the nerves that are within the root will be affected, causing the tooth to die. In the past, tooth extraction was the only solution for this condition. However, root canals have eliminated the need for extraction in some cases, and your tooth can be saved and crowned with a porcelain crown so that it looks natural.
One of the simplest yet most effective cosmetic dentistry treatments is teeth whitening. If your dentist determines that the structure of your natural teeth is in good shape, and has finished filling, or eliminating gum disease from your smile, a professional teeth whitening can round out your treatment. And the best thing about this is that it is less time-consuming.
When you are missing teeth, or when you do have a need for tooth extraction – as is often the case in full-mouth restorations – dental implants are the most secure option for restoring your smile. The implant root is placed in your jawbone and, after the gum and area around the implant has healed, a prosthetic tooth will be attached to the implant. The result: Solid teeth, permanent teeth, teeth that look and act like strong natural teeth.
If your dentist determines that teeth whitening cannot get the stains out of your teeth, if you have small teeth and want more elongated teeth if you want a full smile that’s straight and white, porcelain veneers get the job done. They resist stains so, hence you needn’t do more than maintain the veneers as you would any other natural tooth.
Crowns are a reliable dental solution that is often used to restore the size, shape or strength of a tooth while also improving its appearance. If you’re dealing with discolored teeth, or are trying to protect a tooth from decay, porcelain crowns may be the restorative dentistry treatment of choice.
How Full-Mouth Restoration Impacts Your Health?
When you need extensive tooth treatments, the journey ahead can feel scary, exhausting, and overwhelming. The result, however, is a healthy, beautiful smile that makes you look healthier, happier, and younger.
Better dental health:
Sometimes people try to neglect oral health care because it’s difficult to clean teeth that are crooked, broken, or loose. When your smile is secure, it will be easy to clean and therefore simple for you to maintain a consistent brushing and flossing treatment at home. Follow up with professional dental cleanings and examinations will also help you maintain that good-looking grin.
If your teeth are moving around too much or you’re vexed with poorly fitted dentures, you will not be able to eat a healthy diet. People with compromised smiles often turn to softer foods, which means any crunchy fruits and vegetables or chewy proteins go neglected, which is an indication that your body is lacking proper nutrition. A healthy mouth can lead to a healthier body and improved well-being.
When you’re embarrassed by your teeth, you won’t be smiling with comfort. You may place your hand in front of your mouth when you laugh or eat. Or you may choose not to smile at all and instead will look grumpy, or uninterested all the time. When your teeth look good, obviously you look good. In fact, a beautiful and confident smile can make you look much healthier, happier, wealthier, and smarter. Of course, confidence simply follows suit.