If you have multiple issues affecting the health, function, and beauty of your smile, you may need comprehensive treatment combining restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry treatments. Problems with having the smile you want are always difficult, but when your mouth isn’t working how it should, a full mouth reconstruction may provide an effective solution.
Your dentist will give you a comprehensive dental exam, and if you have tooth decay, fractured or injured teeth, worn out teeth due to acid or tooth grinding, or pain in your jaw, they will discuss your options for repair and restoration. Essentially, they can offer a makeover on your smile to improve both the aesthetic appearance and functional problems with your bite, muscles, teeth, and bone structure. In severe cases, this is called a full mouth reconstruction.
A person’s healthy mouth relies on the hard and soft tissues to work properly. However, when they don’t, multiple procedures for a full mouth construction may be performed, including:
- Cosmetic Dentistry: Composite bonding, teeth whitening, veneers, teeth straightening (Invisalign), etc.
- Restorative Dentistry: tooth extractions, dentures, bridges, fillings, crowns, and the treatment of periodontal disease
- General Dentistry: check oral health, dental exams, teeth cleanings
Why might full mouth reconstruction be necessary?
A full mouth construction may be necessary for candidates who are dealing with a variety of issues with their teeth, gums, and other tissue in the mouth. People who need a full mouth reconstruction may have also suffered some sort of injury or facial trauma. Sometimes bite issues also cause repeated stress to the TMJ (Temporomandibular joint), causing disorders, and problems with the teeth and the gums.
People who have missing or loose teeth may also benefit from a full mouth reconstruction. Dental implants, dentures, and crowns, are the best option available for missing teeth and filling in gaps. Patients who are dealing with multiple issues in their teeth and supporting tissues are often good candidates for a full mouth reconstruction, especially if they have advanced levels of decay or damage.
During your dental exam, the dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw, to assess your whole mouth, in order to develop a treatment plan that is best for you. You may not need something as involved as a full mouth reconstruction, but the best way to find out and prevent further problems is to maintain regular dental checkups.