What is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction is just what it sounds like: the rebuilding or replacement of all of the teeth in a mouth. It is a comprehensive treatment plan that combines restorative as well as cosmetic dentistry techniques to restore the function and beauty of a patient’s smile, as well as their oral health.
Every patient’s case is different and unique to their specific needs, so no two treatment plans will be the same. Broadly speaking, a full mouth reconstruction can usually be completed over several appointments, over the span of a few weeks or a few months. Each treatment plan is tailored to the patient’s needs and end goals, with procedures plotted out in a specific order to transition seamlessly from each step of the reconstruction process to the next. The patient will often have weeks between procedures to heal and see how their mouth adapts before continuing on to the next step.
Our Rose City Dental Care team will guide you through every step of the process, so you know exactly what to expect throughout the treatment, as well as the end goal. We understand that the process might seem lengthy and uncomfortable at times, but if you simply follow the treatment plan and care instructions, the end result will be a healthy, beautiful smile that you can feel confident in again!
How a Full Mouth Reconstruction Works
The first step to every full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive oral exam. Our doctor will examine your entire mouth and jaws from your teeth, gums, alignment and bite, and will take a variety of x-rays, images and scans to gain a thorough understanding of your mouth and how it functions. Once our doctor has compiled all this information, you will discuss your desired goals together and he will begin to build your customized full mouth reconstruction treatment plan.
From cosmetic to restorative procedures, your full mouth reconstruction might include some of the following treatments:
Teeth Whitening - Professional teeth whitening is much more effective than over the counter whitening products, and can lift years’ worth of stains in a single visit with minimal increased sensitivity
Dental Bonding - We can quickly repair small chips, cracks or gaps with shade-matched, tooth-colored composite resin that we bond to your teeth
Porcelain Veneers - These are custom-made, wafer thin shells of porcelain that are affixed to the front of teeth. They can provide subtle or dramatic cosmetic changes to a smile; they can be used to transform a tooth’s color, size, shape and length.
Periodontal (Gum) Therapy - A healthy mouth requires healthy gums, and we will treat and eradicate periodontal (gum) disease from your mouth to ensure your gums are healthy enough to support any necessary dental work.
Dental Crowns - Also called a cap, dental crowns are custom-made to fit over a tooth entirely and can restore, protect, strengthen and beautify a tooth. Your dental crown will blend in beautifully with your natural teeth in both function and appearance.
Full or Partial Dentures - Dentures are a removable device that can be used to replace a few teeth or an entire arch. They can be a good option for those seeking an affordable and effective way to replace missing teeth.
Dental Bridge - A dental bridge literally bridges the gap between a missing or decayed tooth and the healthy teeth on either side of it. Bridges are less costly than a dental implant, and will still provide a long-lasting restoration to your smile.
Dental Implants - Due to their structure, dental implants are the best tooth replacement option available. They require adequate jaw bone quality and quantity to support the implant, which mimics a tooth’s root. Once healed and completed with a dental crown, implants are strong, stable and often last a lifetime. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or even to support a bridge or full denture.
Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction Right For Me?
Because a full mouth reconstruction involves several procedures over the course of several weeks or months, it is important to carefully consider whether or not it is right for you. It may be helpful to ask yourself the following:
Do you suffer from severe, widespread dental issues?
Are you unhappy with your smile every time you look in the mirror or see pictures of yourself?
Do you feel like your smile is beyond help, and that it is “too late” to fix it?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, a full mouth reconstruction could be precisely what you seek and need. If you are interested in getting a full mouth reconstruction, our team at Rose City Dental is ready to help. Simply contact our office at (503) 255-2415 for your consultation, and you can soon be on your way to having a smile you can truly be happy with again.