There are times when one or two dental procedures are insufficient for fully repairing all of your oral health problems. In this case your restorative dentist may recommend full mouth restoration. Also known as full mouth rehabilitation or reconstruction, this process involves a series of treatments designed to correct serious tooth and gum problems.
Am I a Candidate?
Some of the dental problems which may lead to the need for full mouth restoration include:
- Fractured or injured teeth
- Missing teeth due to severe decay or other damage
- A faulty bite causing headaches, jaw, and muscle pain
- Teeth damaged by grinding, acid erosion, or other long-term problems
In order to repair extensive damage, a number of different dental professionals may be involved in the process. Depending upon the existing problems, you may need to be treated by a periodontist, orthodontist, oral surgeon, and/or endodontist. Each specialist is able to address certain conditions requiring a full mouth restoration.
This restorative dentistry process begins with an assessment of all of your teeth in order to determine which treatments are best to create your new smile. These procedures could include one or more of the following:
- Crowns – porcelain or composite resin covers cemented over damaged teeth
- Tooth replacement – bridges, or dental implants
- Braces – used in full mouth restorations in order to position teeth for further work
- Tissue or bone grafts – used to provide stability for other treatments
- Surgery to align the jaw correctly
- Porcelain veneers – thin coverings that disguise imperfections and fill gaps
Your Carmichael restorative dentist may recommend other procedures depending upon your specific circumstances. Overall you can expect the process to take at least several months, sometimes more than a year.