The Basics of Full Mouth Reconstruction in Plain Language
Missing teeth are one of the most challenging oral health issues adults face. Whether a side effect of a long battle with tooth decay or damage from advanced gum disease, missing teeth and badly damaged teeth are very real problems for a significant number of Americans. In fact, an astounding 26% of adults ages 65 and older have eight or fewer natural teeth left. Thankfully, even if you’ve experienced widespread damage to your smile, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthy, beautiful smile once again. Full mouth reconstruction is a treatment process that addresses missing teeth, severely damaged teeth, misaligned bites, and similar oral health problems.
Here is an introduction to full mouth reconstruction, what it can do for your smile, and how you can expect your own treatment plan to go.
What Full Mouth Reconstruction Is and How It Works
What is the purpose of full mouth reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is a treatment process that combines specific restorative and cosmetic dental treatments to replace missing teeth, save remaining natural teeth, restore oral health, and enhance your smile’s appearance. The overall goal of reconstruction is to restore both the function and beauty of your smile.
Compared to a cosmetic smile makeover, a full reconstruction is much more in-depth and focuses heavily on replacing missing teeth that have been lost or need to be extracted.
For example, one or two missing teeth coupled with cosmetic care may only be considered a smile makeover. But treatment requiring extensive restorative care or full arch rehabilitation would be considered full mouth reconstruction.
Who needs full mouth reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is for anyone who has experienced extensive oral damage and tooth loss. Some reasons you might need this form of treatment include:
- Extensive tooth decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Oral injury or impact
- Severe bruxism (grinding)
- Severe TMJ disorder
- Genetic conditions
- Oral cancer recovery
Common Dental Procedures Used in Full Mouth Reconstruction
The leading cause of tooth loss in adults is advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis. For this reason, many patients who have gum disease must undergo periodontal therapy and frequent maintenance cleanings to get and keep their periodontitis under control. Once all infection is healed, patients can move forward with repair and reconstruction.
Restorative dentistry procedures are commonly used in full mouth reconstructions in which some natural teeth will remain in the smile. Dental crowns, dental bonding, tooth-colored fillings, and inlays or onlays are a few examples of restorations you might want to protect your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Technology
Dental implants are incredible dental prosthetics for full mouth reconstructions. They can either replace individual missing teeth or, in combination with special bridges or a denture, an entire arch of teeth. Dental implant technology includes conventional (single) implants, same-day implants, implant-supported bridges, implant-supported dentures, and techniques like All-on-4.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures are a traditional means of replacing missing teeth, and they still remain a popular option. Modern dentures are more beautiful than ever and can be fitted to your exact smile for a comfortable, rub-free fit.
Cosmetic dentistry can take your new smile to another level. In addition to replacing missing or damaged teeth, cosmetic dentistry procedures like porcelain veneers can be used to enhance your remaining natural teeth and match your new prosthetics.
Damage due to severe injuries, periodontal disease, and oral cancer, as well as genetic conditions like a cleft palate, often require oral surgery to repair missing or damaged soft tissue and bone.
How To Begin Your Own Full Mouth Reconstruction Journey
Consider your personal smile goals.
When you look at your smile right now, what do you want to change? Do you only want missing teeth replaced? What about how your smile looks from an aesthetic perspective? Do you want it to look as it did before the damage occurred, or do you want a completely new look?
By getting a general idea of what you want out of your full mouth reconstruction, you’ll feel more confident when your dentist asks you about your goals.
Find an experienced and compassionate prosthodontist.
Your reconstruction can only be as successful as the dentist you choose to care for your smile. Dr. Bentz has well over a decade of experience in innovative prosthodontics, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry techniques.
By combining a gentle hand with artistic smile design, the latest in dental technology, and expert skill, Dr. Bentz will help make your dream smile a reality.
Schedule a consultation to begin your smile design.
Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center is always accepting new patients who are eager to achieve optimal oral health. In addition to helping you with your full mouth reconstruction, we can cover all of your other preventive and general dental care needs as well.
When you’re ready to take that first step toward your full mouth reconstruction, you can call us at our East Norriton office or use our online form to schedule an evaluation.