If you have quite a few different issues going on with your teeth that are affecting their function as well as the way that they look, your dentist may recommend something known as a full mouth reconstruction.
A full mouth reconstruction is a long, intensive process that fully restores the function and appearance of your smile.
A full mouth reconstruction is normally recommended for patients with moderately to severely decayed or damaged teeth or other issues affecting their teeth' function or appearance. The goal of a full mouth reconstruction is to restore oral health and the way that teeth work. It also makes them look healthy and attractive.
Some procedures that can be included in a full mouth reconstruction are fairly quick and straightforward and can be completed in just one visit to your dentist’s office. However, this could occur over several appointments if you need more complex treatment.
Every patient has a tailored full mouth reconstruction treatment plan based on their specific requirements.
Fillings, crowns, and bridges are some of the simplest restorative treatments involved in full mouth reconstruction. They are often the first course of action when teeth are moderately to severely damaged or decayed.
Fillings cover holes in the teeth caused by decay
Crowns cover teeth that are undersized, cracked, broken, or where the damage is too severe for a filling to be successful
Bridges contain artificial teeth and bridge the gap left by tooth loss
Nearly everyone has heard of root canal treatment. It’s got a bad reputation, but modern anesthetic and techniques mean that it’s rarely any more uncomfortable or stressful than other dental procedures. A root canal is needed to save a tooth from infection. This is caused by bacteria penetrating the pulp of the tooth. Otherwise, loss or extraction is guaranteed.
A hole is drilled into the tooth, and bacteria is cleaned out. The tooth is then covered with a crown. You’ll be given a local anesthetic ahead of your root canal, and it may be possible for you to be sedated if you are very nervous. A root canal usually takes place over at least two appointments.
Dental implants are a very popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. They have an artificial root implanted into the jaw that is secured permanently in place when the bone of the jaw heals around the post.
The visible element of a single-tooth dental implant is a porcelain crown, although bridges and dentures can also be attached to implant posts. This is attached to the implant using a special connector.
The dental implant procedure requires several appointments. You will need some time to heal from it. The initial healing period is around two to four months but varies between patients.
Several different types of surgery may be needed as part of a full mouth reconstruction. Such as extractions or surgery to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). These are usually performed using local anesthetic and sedation, similar to dental implants and root canal treatment. You will be given specific information on what to expect from your recovery based on the type of procedure you have undergone.
A full mouth reconstruction is a highly personalized treatment. Visit kksmiles at our office in Marietta, Georgia to learn more. You can call (770) 830-3700 to book an appointment today.