A full mouth reconstruction is the process of restoring health, function and esthetics to a patient’s smile through a combination of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. While the appearance of the smile is always a consideration, the goals of a full mouth reconstruction are typically to correct health and functional concerns.
The first step in a full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive evaluation to assess the teeth, gums, jaw joints and muscles, looking for signs of instability and decay. Using the latest technology, our dentists will take digital images, diagnostic x-rays and impressions to create a customized treatment plan. Our dentists take your entire facial appearance into consideration when planning a full mouth reconstruction to create an ideal smile that looks and feels natural.
A full mouth reconstruction can improve on a number of cosmetic and functional dental concerns such as:
Missing teeth make it difficult to chew and speak. If left missing for an extended period of time, neighboring teeth will become affected as they shift or move out of place. Additionally, the bone begins to disintegrate once the tooth is lost and the exposed gum is susceptible to disease and decay. There are a number of excellent options for replacing missing teeth including dental implants, dental bridges and dentures.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
Teeth can be broken or chipped because of an accident or as the cause of wear. If teeth have been broken down by wear, there may be an underlying instability that needs to be addressed to ensure that dental work will be long lasting. Teeth with minor chips can be corrected with composite bonding, inlays or onlays. Larger chips and broken teeth may require porcelain veneers or dental crowns. In some cases, a tooth may be so badly damage that it needs to be removed and replaced with a dental implant.
Teeth can become eroded and stained by tobacco use, medication, trauma and age. The enamel on our teeth is very sensitive and once it is lost, it cannot be replaced. In severe cases, porcelain veneers or dental crowns may be used to cover the teeth and restore their beauty and function. These types of restorations also serve to protect the natural teeth from further damage.
Misaligned or Crooked Teeth
Many people are embarrassed by misaligned or crooked teeth. A crowded smile can also affect your ability to chew or speak properly and may create areas for food particles to become trapped, increasing the chance for tooth decay or gum disease. In serious cases, our dentists may recommend orthodontic treatment such as Orthotain or Invisaligh to straighten the teeth. A tooth extraction may be required to remove teeth that are causing the mouth to be overcrowded. Once the alignment is correct, our dentists may use dental crowns or porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of the smile and perfect its symmetry.
Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders affect millions of adults. This complex group of disorders is commonly characterized by chronic pain in the jaw, a clicking or popping in the jaw joints, frequent headaches and teeth grinding. TMJ Disorders may be a result of an imbalanced occlusion (bite). Our dentists can evaluate your bite to determine if an adjustment needs to be made. Treatment for TMJ includes splint therapy, mouth guards, changes in the shape, length or placement of teeth, or in some cases, additional surgical procedures.
A full mouth reconstruction combines several cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to achieve the most natural looking and aesthetically pleasing results. Contact our office today to learn more about full mouth reconstruction and to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.