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An Overview of Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction is required when almost all the teeth in the mouth are damaged.  We often use multiple restorative dental procedures to rebuild your smile.

If you suffer from multiple dental issues, more than one dental procedure maybe required to correct the problem.  These dental issues typically include:

  • Multiple missing teeth where excess pressure has caused the other remaining teeth to break, chip and wear away.
  • Misalignment of upper and lower teeth causing uneven wear patterns and breaking of teeth due to uncontrolled bite forces.
  • Stained, carious and painful teeth where treating a single problem alone has resulted in failure.
  • Teeth injury due to an accident that has not been treated immediately, resulting in extensive tooth loss.
  • Extensive erosion and shortening of the teeth from reflux, drinking acidic soft drinks and excessive alcohol such as wine.

More complex full mouth rehabilitation can include dental implants, orthodontics and bone and/or tissue grafting.

A full mouth rehabilitation is performed to restore both function and aesthetics.  The final smile will mean you can now eat and speak properly with a healthy mouth, the restorations will now last  longer than the old patchwork dentistry and you will have a wonderful cosmetic smile that looks natural.

A full mouth reconstruction is usually performed over multiple dental appointments, carefully planned to ensure the full mouth rehabilitation has a successful outcome.  The treatment options can range from porcelain and gold crowns, and veneers, composite resin rebuilds to implants and orthodontics.

How do we plan a full mouth reconstruction?

There is a large amount of information and dental records usually required to plan for a  full mouth reconstruction. Read on to understand more and to get an idea of what would be suitable for you.  Before undergoing any sort of dental treatment, a detailed consultation and discussion with our dentist is required.

Get started with a consultation

If you believe you need extensive dental treatments (entire mouth reconstruction) you should schedule an appointment with the dentist. The dentist will discuss the main concerns and goals of treatment during the consultation.  The dentist will want to know what sort of outcome you would like and how quickly you would like to achieve a great smile and if this is possible.

The dentist will record your dental history and medical history along with any other relevant lifestyle factors such as a smoking habits or medications that may affect treatments offered.  The dentist will also want to know if you have any dental phobias or anxiety that may make the dental treatment more difficult, and may require sedation to manage a comfortable dental visit.

Examination, X-rays, digital images and 3D models

A thorough dental examination is required at the start of any dental procedure.  It will include taking x-rays and digital photographs of your teeth, as well as digital images of your face, teeth and jaws.  This will provide the information needed to make a diagnosis of your dental problem and help formulate what treatment maybe required to restore and rebuild your teeth and jaw.  We may also produce three dimensional models of your teeth to help in the diagnosis and exploring multiple treatment options.

Oral cancer screenings are also included in the examination. This is part of our commitment to prevent oral diseases that could cause you harm or discomfort if not diagnosed early.

Dental Treatment plan discussion

All the treatment options are presented to you with pros and cons of your full mouth rehabilitation considered and discussed so you can make an informed decision as to what treatment best suits you.  You will know exactly what is to be completed  at each appointment and the costs involved.

 

More complex rehabilitation may involve the following:

Dental implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are implanted into the jawbone. Once healed into the bone they hold the replacement teeth in place.  A crown, bridge, or denture is placed over the implant to make it look like a real tooth or real teeth.

The gum is lifted and a hole drilled into the jawbone to the correct implant size, the implant is then screwed into the hole.  The implant itself is made up of titanium, the bone fuses with the titanium by a process known as osseointegration and eventually the implant is solid and cannot move.

We say a successful dental implant has osseointegrated and is now ready to receive the crown, bridge or denture that was planned for the dental implant.

Bone grafting

If there isn’t enough bone to hold the dental implant in the area of a missing or lost tooth, a bone graft maybe required.  This is a relatively simple procedure that can be carried out at the same time the implant is placed.  If a more complex bone reconstruction is required such as a sinus lift, the an oral maxillo-facial specialist surgeon will be required.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics may be necessary to help move teeth into a better positions, so treatment can be successful.  Poorly positioned teeth can sometimes be hidden with crowns, veneers or bridges and made to appear straight, but a far more successful cosmetic result is often created when the teeth are well positioned prior to any dental treatment.  If Orthodontics is required this is co-ordinated with a specialist Orthodontist who is highly trained to complete this procedure successfully.

Jaw reconstruction

Orthognathic surgery, often known as jaw surgery, is used to reposition the actual jaw bone containing all the teeth. These modifications can be used to change your facial appearance and the way your teeth bite together.

When a jaw discrepancy is too large to be corrected by orthodontics alone, then orthognathic surgery can be used at the same time to achieve a desired outcome. The orthodontist will develop a treatment strategy in consultation with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon as well as our dentist.

In most situations, you’ll require braces on your teeth before and after the operation.

 

A full mouth rehabilitation takes considerable planning and expertise.  We will always have extensive discussions with you to help answer all your questions and guide you through treatment.

Every surgical or invasive procedure caries risk and may not be suitable for everyone.

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