Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction is a plan for multiple procedures designed to replace missing teeth, fix improperly seated jaw joints and faulty bites, address jawbone and gum and teeth damage, replace deteriorating past dental work, and, in special cases, treat diseases of the mouth. Each of these procedures may be performed independently, but full mouth reconstruction is highly advised when multiple oral health problems exist for the patient.

How Do I Know If I Need It / Symptoms?

Full mouth reconstruction is normally needed when there are more than one of the following symptoms at once:

  • Loss Of Teeth Due To Decay Or Trauma
  • Injured Or Fractured Teeth
  • Worn Teeth From Long-Term Acid Erosion Or Tooth Grinding
  • Long-Term Jaw, Muscle And Headache Pain

What Can Happen If I Don't Get It Fixed, Left Untreated?

Without the healthy functioning of the human mouth, oral health becomes compromised. If left untreated, there is an increasing risk of having gum disease, constant pain from simple everyday tasks, such as chewing food, headaches and jaw pain, or even oral cancer.

What Are My Options, If Any?

Full mouth reconstruction can include any combination of the following:

  • Restorative Dental Treatments: Crowns, Bridges, Fillings, And Inlays/Onlays
  • Implant Dentistry: Implants To Replace Missing Teeth From The Root
  • Cosmetic Dentistry: Porcelain Veneers, Teeth Whitening, Dental Bonding, And Gum Re-Contouring
  • TMD/TMJ Treatment : Correction Of Problems Involving The Temporomandibular Joints (Tmjs) And The Bite
  • Bruxism Treatments: Teeth Grinding Therapy
  • Orthodontics: Aligners, Braces, Spacers Or Expanders, And Retainers
  • Oral Surgery: Root Canal Therapy, Tooth Extractions, And Tissue Grafting
  • Periodontal Treatments: Surgery, Scaling, And Root Planing

What Does The Procedure Look Like?

Your dentist will determine the extent of the problem, through proper examination of your mouth, and the treatment options that can be used to correct it. Once your dentist has obtained all information relevant to your case, they will develop a treatment plan to complete your full mouth reconstruction.

Most full mouth reconstructions take multiple phases and office visits, and treatment may take 12 months or more, depending on how much work is needed.

What Is The Recovery Time?

Patients can expect recovery to be about the same as any dental procedure, but most see full recovery in up to 1 year. Smoking, heavy alcohol consumption and drug abuse can compromise the recovery and the effects of full mouth reconstruction, as well as not maintaining good overall oral health.

Am I A Candidate?

A patient who has multiple issues affecting most or all of the teeth and supporting tissues in the mouth would be a good candidate for this type of extensive treatment plan. Patients who require extensive oral surgery should be healthy enough to receive local or general anesthesia.

If you suffer from multiple dental problems, please call our Elmwood Park office at 708-456-1188 to schedule a consultation.

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