Full mouth reconstruction is the process of rebuilding or restoring all of the teeth in the mouth. Also referred to as full mouth rehabilitation, full mouth reconstruction is needed in situations where a patient has injured, fractured or lost their teeth due to trauma or decay. Additionally, teeth can also become worn as a result of tooth grinding and acid-erosion from various foods, drinks and acid reflux and may require full mouth reconstruction. The process may also be recommended if a patient has problems with the jaw, jaw muscles and bite alignment issues.
Full mouth reconstruction is not necessarily a single procedure. In fact, typically full mouth rehabilitation requires various different treatments and procedures to be performed to ensure the full result. Various dental specialists such as orthodontists, oral surgeons, endondontists, cosmetic dentists and general dentists will also come into the picture. The specific procedure depends on your specific requirements.
The procedures that are generally performed in full mouth reconstructions include prophalytic teeth cleaning. Depending on your case, crown lengthening may be required to expose the healthy structure of the tooth for bridges or crowns. Orthognathic surgery may be required when jaw repositioning is required. In the case the patient requires a balanced and beautiful smile, contouring of the gum tissue may be performed. Should veneers, bridges or crowns be required, the natural structure of the tooth will have to be prepared or reduced accordingly.
Full mouth reconstruction is not something that will show results within a short period of time. In reality, some procedures may even take up to one year to be completed. Permanent restoration treatments such as bridges, veneers or crowns will take a lot of time to complete. In some cases, braces or orthodontics may be prescribed to move the teeth to the desired position to create the desired smile or to prepare for the next phase of treatments. Implant placement and restoration is often required to replace missing teeth while soft tissue grafting or bone grafting may be required to increase tooth or implant stability.