Basically, a full mouth reconstruction involves your dental care provider removing all old dental work, including fillings, crowns, and even porcelain veneers. Once this has been accomplished, a whole new array of dental work designed to improve dental health and visual appearance is then placed. The treatment is considered highly effective because it will eliminate any tooth decay, infection, or other dental health-related problems. Particularly useful for patients who have missing teeth, full mouth reconstruction can greatly improve self-confidence and self-esteem through better visual appearance.
In many cases, patients have had multiple dental treatments, including dental crown work, porcelain veneers, and composite fillings, that may eventually become overwhelming regarding the amount of dental work performed. With full mouth rehabilitation, much of this prior work is removed, allowing for the entire mouth to be reconstructed. In short, when dental work has been performed at different times over the years, it may not work in harmony with all existing dental work. A complete mouth reconstruction strives to create harmony and balance within the mouth.
Most importantly, full mouth reconstruction strives to create a more perfect bite and better overall jaw position. Full mouth rehabilitation/reconstruction is sometimes called bite reconstruction and has important functionality-related benefits. When tooth erosion has occurred due to normal wear and chewing or for other reasons, full mouth rehabilitation is a noninvasive way of correcting the problem. During a typical bite reconstruction procedure, many teeth are ground down and replaced with crowns ensuring a more perfect bite and a nicer smile.
Alternately, there are cases where only teeth that are damaged, diseased, or worn down are treated while leaving healthy teeth perfectly intact. Dental crowns are then created to produce a perfect bite in concert with existing natural teeth. This helps preserve any remaining natural teeth while also ensuring an excellent bite profile. Full mouth reconstruction can take several forms depending on the patient's needs. For example, there are cases where treatment can be completed in stages over several months or years. Conversely, there are other cases where treatment can be completed in a few short weeks.
Other types of options for full mouth reconstruction include procedures where jaw repositioning and even facial lengthening may be required. These more complex and advanced procedures should be discussed with your dental care provider. In some cases, full mouth rehabilitation may also be termed face-lift dentistry. Regardless of the type of full mouth reconstruction discussed, one thing is certain: the result is virtually always an improved outward appearance. Talk to your Walnut Creek dental implant dentist, Massood Darvishzadeh, DDS, at Dental Implant Solutions to determine whether or not full mouth reconstruction or face-lift type dentistry is right for your dental needs.