Full Mouth Reconstruction
Almost no one is perfectly happy with their mouth, and this statement if often even more true for individuals who have experienced physical injury, decay, or deterioration that has affected their teeth and gums. Before modern dentistry, individuals who experienced serious dental problems would not have many options available beyond tooth pulling and uncomfortable dentures. Now, dental offices like Bonita Dental Care are proud to offer a service like full mouth reconstruction.
What It Is
Full mouth reconstruction is a series of procedures that are done to rebuild or replace all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. It is typically performed on an adult or elderly patients who have, for one reason or another, lost many of their teeth and are currently struggling with tooth loss or decay. The ultimate goal is to combine restorative and cosmetic dentistry to create a smile that is functional, healthy, and beautiful.
Types of Procedures
The exact arrangement a patient might need varies between individuals. Someone who has lost all of their teeth but still has healthy gums might be able to have dental implants straight away. Someone who has gum disease or who has jawbone weakening or lose might require bone and soft tissue grafting to reconstruct the base before dentures or implants can be installed.
Individuals often have to choose from a selection of:
- Soft tissue grafting
- Bone grafting
- Dental bonding
- Dental implants
- Complete or partial dentures
- Dental bridges
What to Expect
The first step in a full mouth reconstruction is visiting a qualified dentist for a visual and tactile exam. X-rays are taken to determine gum and jawbone health and thickness, and sometimes 3D modeling is done to see how the mouth will look at different points during reconstruction.
Someone who has a healthy mouth will naturally complete the reconstruction process faster than someone who is unhealthy, but the procedure can be completed for both.
A full mouth reconstruction will take multiple appointments and can take up to 12 months to complete depending on which procedures are done. Some people will be finished in as little as four weeks, though, so it’s important to discuss the future with your dentist.