Full Mouth Reconstruction: Everything You Need to Know
What is full mouth reconstruction? Are you a good candidate for it? Read on to learn everything you need to know about full mouth reconstruction.
With a history that goes back to 7000 B.C, dentistry is among the oldest medical professions.
We’ve come along way since the days when tooth decay was believed to come from tooth worms. Today, we know a good deal about the teeth in your mouth, jaw alignments, and all of the oral systems that contribute to your dental health.
Oral health can be affected by a number of things, including everything from lack of care to serious physical conditions and disease. Regardless of the reason, a full mouth reconstruction can help restore your oral health and also the aesthetics of your mouth.
If you think you might be a candidate, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about full mouth reconstruction.
What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Otherwise known as full mouth restoration, full mouth reconstruction is a form of reconstructive dentistry. It involves rebuilding and/or replacing all of a patient’s teeth and other oral systems.
A full mouth reconstruction isn’t one dental procedure. It involves a combination of restorative procedures to achieve the desired result for a specific and unique patient. These procedures might include:
- Restorative treatments such as crowns, filling, onlays, inlays, and bridges
- Orthodontic treatments such as metal braces, expanders, spacers, retainers, or Invisalign
- Cosmetic dentistry treatments such as teeth whitening, bonding, gum re-contouring, or veneers
- Implant treatment to replace lost or damaged teeth with replicas from the root to the crown
- Periodontal treatments such as root planing, scaling, or periodontal surgery
- Oral surgery on the root canal, grafting of soft and hard tissue, and extraction of damaged or dead teeth
- Neuromuscular treatments to correct your bite as well as problems arising from temporomandibular joints (TMJs)
- Bruxism treatment to stop tooth grinding and the symptoms of grinding your teeth
Using a combination of these procedures, not only does a full mouth reconstruction improve the health and function of your mouth, but it also restores the aesthetic beauty of an important physical asset – aka your smile.
Who Needs A Full Mouth Reconstruction?
In order for your mouth to function in a healthy way, all of the various system involved in your oral health must work together. And there’s a lot more to the anatomy of your mouth than just your teeth.
Your mouth has soft and hard tissues. Soft tissues are your tongue, cheeks, lips, and gums. Hard tissues are of course your jawbone and your teeth.
Holding everything together is the connective tissues. This system also includes the network of nerves and blood vessels running through your mouth.
But we also have to consider the bite as part of your oral health. The way in which the upper and lower teeth are related and thus affect the jaw joint is known as occlusion (i.e. your bite).
In order to have good oral health, all of these items must function together. When one or more parts of the entire system fail or are compromised, then your oral health is in jeopardy.
If you have problems with one or more of the above systems, you’re probably a good candidate for a full mouth reconstruction. If all or most of your teeth and supporting tissues are affected by an oral health problem, you’re most certainly a candidate.
This includes people who have multiple missing teeth, a large number of fillings, tooth decay, or cracked or broken teeth. This can be caused by any number of things.
But there are also some conditions that require extensive tooth restoration. If you suffer from a congenital condition such as Ectodermal Dysplasia, Ameliogenesis, or Dentinogenisis Imperfecta, you may be a candidate for a full mouth reconstruction.
Who Isn’t A Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?
It’s likely that some part of your full mouth reconstruction will require you to receive local or general anesthesia. To be a good candidate, you should be healthy enough to receive that anesthesia. You cannot have any health conditions that might compromise its effectiveness or your safety.
In addition, your age will be considered during an assessment for full mouth reconstruction. Of course, the older a patient is, the more risk there is that something goes wrong during one of the procedures. This is why your dentistry professional may suggest less invasive patients, dependent on your age.
Patients that aren’t good candidates for a full mouth reconstruction include those that take illegal drugs or those that smoke or drink alcohol heavily. This might impact your ability to maintain your oral health following the procedures. It also compromises the effects of your treatments.
Finally, patients that have heart conditions or autoimmune diseases may not be good candidates for all of the procedures listed about. This doesn’t mean you can’t have it done, but that you’ll require special considerations. You can talk this through with your dental professional.
How Much Does Full Mouth Reconstruction Cost?
Multiple oral health problems require multiple procedures. The need for different procedures and the uniqueness of each patient’s case means that the cost of a full mouth reconstruction will vary widely between patients.
How much you’ll be charged will depend on the treatment(s) you need as well as other factors. These include:
- The type and quality of the materials used
- The fees for anesthesia
- The fees charged by specialists needed to complete the full mouth reconstruction
- The cost of the lab used for creating restorations and prosthetics
- The technology employed (newer technologies tend to cost more)
- The current condition of your teeth
You’ll work with your dentist to come up with a treatment plan that’s customized to your needs and your desired outcomes. Once a treatment plan has been established, your dentist can give you a more clear idea as to how much your full mouth reconstruction will cost.
Remember that a good dentist will work with their patients to create a plan that’s affordable for them. Often, dentists can provide you with different payment options, which sometimes include the option to finance. You should also check what your dental insurance will help you cover.
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A full mouth reconstruction helps create harmony among all the systems involved in your oral health. But it also restores the aesthetic beauty of your smile. Involving a number of procedures, each full mouth reconstruction plan is unique to the patient and their desired outcomes.
If you think you might be a good candidate for this type of dental care, contact us today to learn more.