Full Mouth Reconstruction

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A full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called a full mouth restoration) is a dental procedure which involves rebuilding all the teeth in both your upper and lower jaws at the same time. A full mouth reconstruction typically involves a number of common dental procedures such as dental crowns, dental bridges and dental veneers. In some cases specialists such as Orthodontics or periodontists may be consulted.

There are a range of causes for the severe damage which creates the need for a full mouth reconstruction. Teeth can often be lost due to decay or damage. Similarly, teeth which have become excessively worn or conditions which affect your bite (occlusion) can also warrant a full mouth reconstruction.

Procedure for a Full Mouth Reconstruction

Before you undergo treatment your dentist will provide you with a thorough oral examination in order to help select treatment options and to find the severity of the damage. The condition of your natural teeth will greatly influence what types of restorations will be used including bridges, crowns, inlays and onlays. Your dentist will also pay particular attention to your gums as they might require scaling or root planing in order to prevent periodontal issues. Depending on how severe the damage is you might require a bone or soft tissue graft to provide support to your gums and jaw bone. Your bite will also be examined as this is vital to your oral health and restorations can often affect your occlusion. It is normal to have some X-ray photographs taken of your teeth and a mold taken in dental putty.

There are a large number of treatments which can potentially be used in a full mouth reconstruction. Which one you undergo will largely depend on the severity and location of the damage. Most full mouth reconstructions are carried out over a number of visits to the dental clinic and if the damage is severe, it may take several months to be completed. Amongst the most common treatments used in full mouth reconstruction are:

  • Periodontal treatment
  • Gum contouring
  • Lengthening of crowns
  • Reducing natural tooth structure
  • Permanent or temporary restorations
  • Orthodontics
  • Dental Implants
  • Bone or soft tissue grafts

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