What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation refers to a complex, comprehensive restoration procedure that involves replacing all of the teeth, upper and lower, and possibly reconstruction of the mouth structure, including the gums and jawbone.
After full mouth reconstruction, the patient will have a significantly improved appearance, and the mouth will function well when eating and speaking. This procedure is considered a necessity, rather than an elective, cosmetic procedure. Your family dentist will usually work with a team of dental health specialists in order to achieve the desired results.
Who Can Benefit From Full Mouth Reconstruction?
- Patients who have had oral cancer
- Patients who were born with medical conditions that have impacted the oral cavity
- Patients who have experienced severe tooth decay, and/or those with a number of missing teeth
- Patients who have experienced a trauma that has fractured most of the teeth
- Patients who experience chronic pain due to oral health issues.
How Full Mouth Reconstruction Works
The patient first consults with their family dentist, who can either refer them to a prosthodontist, or bring several specialists onto the treatment team. The treatment team may include any or all of the following specialists, depending upon the specific issues that affect each patient:
- a periodontist
- an endodontist
- a prosthodontist
- an oral surgeon
- an orthodontist
This team will first determine how the teeth, gums, and jaw of the patient may need to be prepared. After the initial preliminary work is completed, crowns, bridges dental implants, dentures or “onlays” may be constructed, to create a permanent, fully functional set of teeth. During the procedure, the team addresses the issues behind the reconstruction, and ensure that the reconstruction is aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t create new problems with the bite.
After a full mouth reconstruction, patients experience better oral health, more social confidence, and may even experience improved opportunities in the workplace. Some patients also report a significant reduction in jaw, back, neck, temple, or mouth pain once the procedure is complete.