Some dental patients suffer from a smile that is seriously decayed or damaged, and feel like there is little hope for them to improve. Full mouth restoration, or mouth reconstruction/rehabilitation, is a process in which many or all of your teeth are restored or replaced to eliminate decay. You may be eligible for full mouth restoration if you have periodontal disease, tooth decay or have lost teeth, plus many other situations can result in full mouth restoration, as well. If you are ready to change your oral health for the better and get the beautiful smile that you deserve, read on to find out how full mouth restoration works!
Full Mouth Restoration: What Is It?
Obtaining good oral health is one of the most important goals that each of us should seek after, and having a healthy smile is a good place to start. For some patients, achieving good oral health is hindered by decayed or damaged teeth that need to be restored. Full mouth restoration is available for those patients whose smiles have been seriously damaged and are in need of additional help. Also called full mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation, this process includes restoring and replacing damaged teeth in the mouth. This treatment improves both function and aesthetics for patients who suffer from cracked or broken teeth, decayed fillings, missing teeth and worn teeth due to bruxism (teeth grinding). Infected teeth, misshapen teeth, oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease are also qualifiers for full mouth restoration. Full mouth restoration is a personalized treatment designed to meet your needs for a fully functioning and healthy smile.
Types of Procedures
Full mouth restoration typically involves experienced general or restorative dentists that perform specific procedures, such as dental bridges, crowns, implants, veneers and dentures. Depending on the severity and location of the dental issue, other specialists, such as periodontists (specializing in the gums) or endodontists (specializing in the tooth pulp), might need to be involved. A comprehensive examination will need to be performed before a treatment plan is begun to determine which teeth need to be restored and how best to fix them. Your teeth, tissues, joints, jaw muscles and aesthetics will be evaluated to determine the condition of your mouth, while X-rays and impressions of your teeth will be made to view the structure of your mouth and bite. To restore teeth, common procedures include inlays/onlays, bridges, crowns and implants, while scaling and root planing is used to treat tissue problems. How your joints and jaw muscles function can affect your bite, and for patients who have bite issues, orthodontic care is normally recommended to correct occlusion. Lastly, the color, shape, size and proportion of your teeth are evaluated to determine how best to aesthetically improve their structure to create a healthy-looking smile. All of these factors are included in your overall treatment plan to remedy existing dental problems and prepare your mouth for full mouth restoration.
Most restoration visits involve multiple phases and visits to the office. Some treatments can take up to 12 months or more, depending on your situation. The following include common procedures that are performed in full mouth restoration treatments:
Restoration vs. Makeover
It’s important to note that a full mouth restoration procedure is not the same as a smile makeover. Whereas a smile makeover is considered cosmetic dentistry and elects to change the look of your smile, mouth restoration is a needed procedure to restore oral health. Both utilize the same tools and materials to create a beautiful and healthy smile, but it is important to understand the difference between the two procedures. The costs for both full mouth restoration and smile makeovers also vary depending on insurance coverage and your clinical situation. Full mouth restoration typically involves all teeth in the mouth and can be costlier than a makeover that normally focuses on one aspect, such as whitening the teeth.
Scheduling Your Restoration Appointment
If you are in need of full mouth restoration, call Mountain Aire Dentistry at (303) 731-7755 for a consultation! Our talented team is dedicated to your oral health and want to help you achieve the smile that you deserve. Call now to start your journey to a healthier, more beautiful smile!