Thanks to innovation in dental technology, individuals with one or multiple dental imperfections can benefit from full-mouth restoration. Whether you have missing teeth, a decayed tooth, damaged restorations, or cracked, chipped, or broken teeth, restoring your oral function and aesthetics has never been easier.
Patients born with dental conditions such as gummy smiles, dysplasia, or dentinogenesis imperfecta are also good candidates for a full mouth reconstruction.
Full mouth restoration, reconstruction, or rehabilitation is the process of completely reconstructing or restoring a patient’s smile through dental procedures. Since everyone’s needs are unique, the treatment plan for a full mouth reconstruction may differ. It can be performed by a dentist alongside other dental specialists such as periodontists, orthodontists, endodontists, and oral surgeons.
Common dental imperfections corrected with a full mouth restoration include:
While each patient’s full mouth restoration treatment plan will differ, there is a general order in which events are conducted. The treatment process may require multiple appointments and take up to a year or more.
The first step to rebuild your smile is to book an appointment with your dentist for a dental exam. Depending on your condition, the exam may be simple or extensive and could require multiple appointments.
Before making a treatment plan, your dentist will perform a thorough assessment of your mouth, teeth, gums, bite function, and much more. If necessary, the dentist may perform X-rays for precise details.
During this visit, the dentist will want to know about your oral and overall health conditions. Notify your dentist if you have existing conditions such as autoimmune conditions, diabetes, high blood pressure, or if you’re taking any medications.
It’s worth noting that some conditions can affect your treatment process. Therefore, notifying your dentist earlier will help them prepare accordingly.
Once the dentist has all the necessary information, they will prepare a step-by-step treatment plan for you. They will take a few minutes to discuss the plan and give you preparation instructions for the same. You must follow your dentist’s instructions and appointments strictly to ensure a smooth treatment process.
During this appointment, be sure to ask any questions you may have about the treatment. It’s also essential to know the benefits, side effects, and possible complications of a full mouth reconstruction.
The treatment process and longevity will depend on the patient’s condition and desired results. It can take a few hours, days, weeks, months, or years.
Full mouth restoration offers numerous benefits to dental patients, including:
Depending on your condition and desired results, below are the commonly used dental procedures for full mouth restoration.
Veneers are thin shell-like coatings that are bonded to the natural teeth. Veneers are commonly used to address dental flaws, such as chipped, fractured, poorly gapped, worn-out, and discolored teeth. Getting a veneer is a less invasive process that only requires minimal tooth shaping to allow the veneer to fit perfectly.
If you have significant teeth damage such as a chipped, severely decayed, broken, weakened, worn-out, or severely discolored tooth, you might be a good candidate for a dental crown.
A crown is a dental cap that is placed over a tooth to repair or hide the damage. A crown is also used to hold a dental bridge, cover a tooth after a root canal procedure, or support a dental implant.
If you’ve lost teeth, you can restore your smile with replacement treatments such as dental bridges, implants, or dentures. Implants offer the most natural results, followed by bridges and then dentures. To get these treatments, you should have healthy gums and jawbone. Implants patients who have weak or unhealthy jawbones have to undergo bone grafting before getting implants.
If you have minor to average tooth damage that doesn’t require extensive dental crown treatment, inlays and onlays can be used. An inlay is used to repair areas between cusps or minor points of a molar. An onlay covers one or multiple cusps.
Are you interested in full mouth restoration services? Contact Dental Partners of Brookline to book your appointment.