What is Full Mouth Dental Reconstruction?

Posted by Dr. Soto Dec 22, 2017

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Any dental treatment that affects all the teeth in the mouth is called full mouth reconstruction, or full mouth rehabilitation.  This procedure combines the esthetics of cosmetic surgery with the science of restorative dentistry for the purpose of improving function, health, and beauty of the mouth.

People who may be the best candidates for this type of treatment include those who exhibit:

  • Missing teeth
  • Badly worn teeth, due to grinding (bruxism) or other habits
  • Numerous teeth with large fillings that are failing or exhibiting decay
  • Cracked or broken teeth

There are also people who have conditions they were born with who will need extensive restoration of their teeth. These conditions include:

  • Ectodermal Dysplasia
  • Ameliogenesis
  • Dentinogenesis

Full mouth reconstruction can provide treatment options for people suffering from oral cancer that includes not only the replacement of missing teeth, but also the restoration of missing structures of the oral cavity.

As the name implies, full mouth reconstruction refers to the rebuilding and/or replacing of all the teeth in a patient’s mouth. This may include:

  • Crowns
  • Onlays
  • Bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Veneers
  • Dentures

While correcting dental issues with a full mouth reconstruction will provide a “smile makeover”, it will also improve chewing efficiency for the patient.

What to Expect When Having Full Mouth Reconstruction

Any full mouth reconstruction begins with a thorough evaluation of your mouth by an experienced, board certified dentist. Once your entire oral structure and teeth are analyzed, the dentist will speak with you to determine your goals, and address your concerns.  From that exam and consultation, a plan will be developed that will be customized to your needs and desires.

Since many dental procedures of a full mouth reconstruction may be performed simultaneously, it is beneficial for every patient to consider IV sedation to accomplish significant treatment in the shortest amount of time. IV sedation dentistry also provides a level of pain-free comfort and relaxation to the patient while undergoing multiple treatments that other forms of anesthesia do not afford.

Sometimes, multiple appointments will be necessary to address all concerns, but often, all procedures may be performed during one visit if the patient is sedated with IV anesthesia.

Imagine going to the dentist with a mouth full of crooked, broken teeth, and awakening with a beautiful new set of teeth after sleeping peacefully under sedation. Depending on your treatment plan, this could happen for you!

And, not only will your smile be more beautiful than before, your chewing will improve. This simple change can affect your overall health. Because chewing is the first step in digestive problems, you may notice an improvement in that area of your life.

If you are thinking about correcting multiple dental problems in your mouth, you should seriously consider full mouth reconstruction. For further information on this procedure, and to make an appointment with a dentist, contact Dr. Ernie Soto in Plantation, FL at (954) 228-6714, and take your first step in restoring dental function, and getting a brand new, beautiful smile

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