Full-mouth reconstruction is the process of rebuilding all of the teeth in your mouth. For many patients, it’s appropriate after periodontal disease, tooth loss, or severe trauma. The dentist may recommend full mouth reconstruction if he or she feels your mouth cannot function correctly without rebuilding it.
It is an intensive treatment plan that replaces all of the teeth in the upper and lower jaw. It can take more time to complete than a simple filling or crown. However, full mouth restoration is typically more cost-effective in the long run than having to replace individual teeth.
Full-Mouth Reconstruction Benefits
A full-mouth reconstruction rebuilds your entire mouth. It can correct the damage caused by decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. If you are unhappy with your smile or experience discomfort when chewing, talking, or eating, a full-mouth reconstruction may be right for you.
Full mouth reconstructions may be necessary in cases where:
- Entire arch of teeth are missing in the upper or lower jaw
- Many or all of the teeth have major damage, such as large cracks or decay
- Many or all of the teeth are loose or poorly fitting
- Some teeth are missing or poorly aligned
- Teeth have deteriorated from the effects of grinding and clenching (bruxism)
Full-mouth Reconstruction Timeline
A full-mouth reconstruction means that you will undergo several dental treatments at one time. For example:
- Full-mouth reconstruction for teeth replacement may include dental crowns, dental bridges, dental implants, and dentures.
It is a multi-step plan to rebuild a smile’s function and aesthetics. The first appointment is when the dentist and patient discuss options, timeline, and finances. Then, diagnostic imaging and impressions are taken. Patients will wait up to two weeks for their oral appliances to be made.
Once their oral appliances are ready, the patient will return for their first appointment. The oral appliances are adjusted and an appointment is scheduled a few weeks after the initial appointment. The patient will return for follow-up appointments every few weeks. The full-mouth reconstruction process takes approximately four to six months.
Full-mouth reconstruction is only necessary if multiple teeth are missing or showing severe damage. For patients who only need one or two teeth replaced, there are other options.The dentist and the team are happy to explain the dental treatments offered at the practice in detail. If you would like to learn more, we invite you to give Denist in Atlanta GA a call at (404) 255-4575 and schedule a consultation.