Are you considering having a full mouth reconstruction? Whether your dentist has recommended it or you’re interested in improving your smile, you may be wondering what exactly a full reconstruction entails. Here’s what you need to know about it from the procedures that may be involved to the length of time you can expect the entire process to take.
A Full Mouth Reconstruction May Involve Any of the Following Procedures:
Dental implants. A dental implant is an artificial tooth that replaces a tooth that is missing or too damaged to be restored. A metal tooth root (resembling a screw) is surgically implanted in the jaw bone. A crown (an artificial tooth resembling a natural tooth) is placed on top. The implant looks and functions just like a natural tooth and prevents bone loss that can occur due to an absent tooth.
Crowns. A crown is an artificial tooth cap that fits over an existing tooth that is too damaged to be restored. The existing tooth root stays in place and the tooth itself is grinded down to a smaller size. A crown is made to fit over the tooth and will be permanently cemented into place. The crown restores natural look and function to the tooth.
Bridges. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth or row of teeth that it is held in place by existing teeth. Bridges can also be held in place by implant teeth, which are often used in combination during a full mouth reconstruction.
Composite fillings. If a tooth has a cavity or minor decay, composite fillings can be done to restore it. In a composite filling the decay is removed and the whole is filled in with composite that is made to match the natural color of your tooth. Composite can also be used to repair a cracked or broken tooth in some cases, restoring the size and shape of the tooth to make it look natural.
Veneers. Veneers, often made of porcelain, can be made to fit over the existing teeth that are discolored or misshapen. The front of the teeth are grinded down or resurfaced to make the veneers easier to attach. The veneers are permanently cemented onto the front of the teeth for a natural look and function.
Dentures. Sometimes the easiest and most affordable option is dentures. When all or a majority of the teeth are damaged, one option is to replace them all with a full set of dentures (artificial teeth). Dentures are sometimes preferred to implants because they are more affordable and also removable.
Root canal. When tooth decay is deep enough that it reaches the pulp (soft tissue inside a tooth) a root canal may be needed. A root canal involves removing the pulp from the inside of the tooth and filling it in with composite to prevent infection.
Orthodontics. Braces and ClearCorrect® are two types of orthodontic treatments that may be used as a part of your full mouth restoration. Braces consist of metal brackets attached to the teeth. ClearCorrect® consists of clear plastic trays that are worn over the teeth. Both are used to straighten teeth and realign the bite.
Corrective jaw surgery. In some cases the issue lies with the jaw bone instead of, or as well as, the teeth. If the jaw is too far forward, too far back, or misaligned to one side or the other, it can negatively impact teeth and bite alignment as well as your look. Jaw surgery can correct these issues as part of your full mouth restoration.
Dental extractions. It is sometimes necessary to remove severely decayed or damaged teeth in order to replace them with implants, bridges, or dentures.
Bone and soft tissue grafting. If the jaw bone is not sufficient to hold an implant in place, a bone graft can be used to fortify the jaw and promote bone regeneration. Soft tissue grafting refers to surgically reattaching gum tissue to help support teeth and to improve the appearance of teeth.
How Long will a Full Mouth Reconstruction Take?
The length of time is different for every patient, as different procedures may be needed to correct their individual problems. You can expect the full reconstruction to take anywhere from several months to a year or more. For a better estimate of time, ask your dentist during your initial consultation.
How Much Will it Cost?
This is another question that will depend on each individual case. Depending on the type and number of procedures that will be part of your reconstruction and what your insurance covers, the cost varies from patient to patient. For a better estimate of your expected cost, ask your dentist during your initial consultation.
Why Should I Visit SmileMakers for my Full Mouth Reconstruction?
One of the biggest benefits to SmileMakers is that we offer comprehensive dentistry, encompassing all of the procedures you will need for your full mouth reconstruction, as well as the follow-up and routine dental care you will need for years to come. We offer the benefit of convenience as well as top quality dental care.