What is a Full mouth reconstruction?
An individualized dental procedure or treatment that requires reconstruction or restoration of all the teeth in the mouth is called as full mouth restoration or full mouth rehabilitation. It could be a combination of two or more dental treatments like crowns, veneers, bridges, inlays and onlays or fillings.It consists of multiple neuromuscular and cosmetic treatments.
It is used for rebuilding and reconstructing teeth in the upper and lower jaw. A full mouth restoration will restore the missing structures of the oral cavity and oral functions of the gums and jaw.They are perfectly enabled to appear like natural teeth and are virtually indistinguishable. It has shown to improve health and restore the beauty of the mouth.
Who needs full mouth reconstruction?
A full mouth restoration is required when a whole portion of oral problems cause multiple dental issues. A person with lots of missing teeth, chipped teeth, misaligned teeth or jaw, broken or worn out teeth opt for this option. Headaches, muscle and back pain, jaw pain are also few other reasons. Patients with conditions like the ectodermal dysplasia, amelogenesis or dentinogenesis imperfecta. Patients with mouth cancer are also potential candidates for full mouth restoration.
Acid erosion caused by food items and beverages leads to wearing out of teeth. Full-mouth reconstruction is done by those patients who have lost teeth due to damage, decay, fractures or injuries.
What are the important factors in a full mouth restoration?
Since it’s a highly individualistic treatment, the x-rays, mouth impressions and pictures taken will help reveal the nature and requirements in a full mouth restoration treatment. Depending on the condition of the teeth, suitable treatments like veneers, implants, onlays, inlays, etc. can be assigned. Bone density and bone quantity will be checked. Unhealthy gums can reveal periodontal diseases, deep sockets or irregular gum tissues and treatments for these will be planned. Occlusal changes are looked for and corrected using orthodontic appliances or night guards before undergoing the restorative process. The color of the teeth, its shape and size, density, with regard to the gums, inner cheeks, lips, mouth and face are also important.
Full mouth restoration is expensive. It basically involves complicated treatments so a second opinion or more will be a good idea.
How long does it take for a full mouth restoration treatment?
Since we are talking about the mouth as a whole, it will take some time.The reconstruction treatment could take a year or more depending on your oral health conditions but the results are worth it. People who do not take proper care after dental treatments are not likely to experience long-term effects. Excessive smoking and drinking can affect oral hygiene as well as the effects of full mouth restoration.
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