Full Mouth Reconstruction
The term “Full Mouth Reconstruction or Rehabilitation” refers to the process of restoring a mouth that is damaged, and returning it to normal healthy stable function. Just as there are many way to design and build a church, so also there are many ways to restore a mouth. In my experience there will be as many ways to treat dental ailments as there are dentists to design the treatment plan. That being said, there are some important guiding principles that must be followed if a satisfactory result is to be achieved.
It is not uncommon for patients to become aware that they require major dental work and then having had a diagnosis and treatment plan made in one office, begin the process of shopping around to see how inexpensively they can have the same work performed by another dentist. Your mouth has to work and be comfortable and serve you for many years, and it takes great skill and experience to provide fine restorative work that both looks and functions well. At some point those who need such work have to have confidence and faith in the clinician. Over the years many have trusted us.
When teeth are broken or missing, or have been ground down with time and are not fitting together properly, when they have collapsed so that the upper and lower teeth are over-closed, whether from neglect or stress or an accident, patients may need to have the mouths reconstructed. When there is bone loss and teeth have become misaligned or when the jaws hurt in function or when headaches are caused when clenching, the patient may need a reconstruction. The first step is a careful examination of all the factors so that a treatment plan can be prepared.
The mouth is extremely complex and in developing the treatment options your dentist may recommend that specialist dentists be involved in the planning and the treatment phases. They will help to realign the teeth, remove badly positioned or un-erupted teeth, to treat the root canals, or to eliminate infected pockets, replace bone, graft gum or place implants. During the preparatory phase any TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) dysfunction will be addressed so that it is corrected before the final restorative phase.
Reconstruction involves the repair or replacement of all the teeth in the upper and lower arch so that they can once more be functional and comfortable and look beautiful. If you have any of the following symptoms you may be a candidate for reconstruction:
- Joints that click or grate or hurt
- Or Joints that limit how far you can open your jaw
- Teeth that hurt
- Teeth that have become loose
- Headaches or facial pain
- Worn and chipped teeth that crack
- Fillings and crowns that break or wear down