What is Full Mouth Reconstruction

What is Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction and restoration are terms used interchangeably to describe the process of reconstructing or simultaneously restoring all the teeth in both your upper and lower jaws.
Afull mouth reconstruction can involve a general or restorative dentist, performing procedures like crowns, bridges, and veneers, and can also incorporate a dental specialist like a periodontist, specializing in the gums, an oral surgeon, an orthodontist, specializing in moving teeth, and even an endodontist, specializing in the tooth pulp.
The Reasons for a Full Mouth Reconstruction
The need for your full mouth reconstruction might result from:
* Teeth that have been damaged.
* Teeth that have been removed from decay or trauma.
* Teeth that have become worn from tooth grinding or long-term acid erosion, foods, beverages, acid reflux.
* Continuous complaints of jaw, muscle and headache pain from a misaligned bite or occlusion.
The Full Mouth Reconstruction Process
If you believe you might need a reconstruction, see your dentist for an examination. Your dentist will examine your mouth to identify the extent of your problem and the appropriate treatment that can be performed to correct it. They will examine the condition of your:
* Teeth- The condition of your teeth will influence what restorative procedures will be beneficial, such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns, inlays or onlays, or bridges or implants. Your dentist will document any cavities or decay, tooth wear, cracks, short or long teeth, root canal issues or any tooth movement.
* Periodontal (gum) tissues- If your gums are unhealthy, you might need scaling and root planing to stymie the gum disease. You could require more treatments from a periodontist to ensure that your reconstructed teeth will be supported by a solid foundation. These could include soft tissue or bone grafts to improve your gums and your jawbone.
* Temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles and occlusion- A stable bite, one in which you can close your mouth or chew without discomfort and one that does not cause wear of your teeth, is important to your overall oral health. Occlusal changes need to be considered when your dentist plans your restoration. You may require orthodontics or another type of treatment, like a night guard, to correct the occlusion before your restorative procedure can be performed.
* Aesthetics- The color, size, shape, and proportion of your teeth, and how they proportionally appear in relation to your gums, lips, mouth, your profile, and face, are all important factors in your full mouth reconstruction.
The examination process may require records of your mouth, like X-rays or photographs, impressions of your teeth, and models of your teeth. Your dentist might refer you to a specialist, periodontist, orthodontist, oral surgeon, for a consultation to develop a treatment plan that is best for you.
Once your dentist has compiled all information relevant to your personal case, they will develop a detailed treatment plan to correct any issues with your mouth to complete your reconstruction. If you do not understand the procedure, ask for a detailed written description of the proposed plan so you can review it. Be sure you understand the risks and benefits of the recommended treatments.