The terms “full mouth reconstruction,” “full mouth rehabilitation” and “full mouth restoration” are often used interchangeably to describe the rebuilding or restoring of all the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. People who need full mouth reconstruction have often been in serious accidents or suffered serious disease that cost them all or most of their teeth. Some patients think of full mouth reconstruction as a smile makeover.
Restorative dentistry involves restoring the mouth to its natural appearance and health. Full mouth restorations typically require restorative dentists performing procedures like crowns, bridges and veneers, onlays and implant crowns. Some of the conditions that may lead to full mouth reconstruction include:
- Decay or trauma that results in lost teeth
- Injured or fractured teeth
- Severely worn teeth as a result of long-term acid erosion (foods, beverages, acid reflux) or bruxism (tooth-grinding)
- Ongoing complaints of jaw, muscle and headache pain
- The need for bite adjustments (occlusion correction)
There is no one way to perform full mouth reconstruction. Every patient who walks into our office will have a unique set of dental issues that will need to be addressed. After a consultation with the patient, Dr. Sowell will create a personalized treatment plan that will address every dental issue and concern you may have.
This could involve any combination of restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal oral health while making their smile beautiful. Full mouth reconstruction refers to the rebuilding of all your teeth and replacing missing teeth. This could range from veneers and inlays on all of your teeth to crowns, bridges and implants.
In a badly broken-down tooth, this may include rebuilding the foundation of the tooth, treating the nerve health, gum and bone treatment and whatever else is needed to restore the teeth to health. Then porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers, onlays and bridges may be used to strengthen the teeth, restore function and create their outer appearance as well as replace missing teeth.
Sometimes patients have very dark teeth and want a more attractive smile. They may have a tooth that falls into this category but they do not need all the preliminary work to get the tooth healthy and usable. Either way, we usually do all the work in our office, providing a turnkey service except for root canals.
The patient usually selects oral sedation since the appointments are longer and the sedation makes the time go by uneventfully. If surgical procedures are needed, they can be done with the comfortable WaterLase MD laser.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Before & After
This gentleman came to our Plano TX dentist office, unhappy with crowns that had been placed by a general dentist. The crowns were poorly designed and dark along the margins. Dr. Sowell removed the faulty restorations and replaced them with Empress and Emax dental crowns. The result is extremely natural looking and also restores a comfortable bite position to the patient’s smile.
Full Mouth Reconstruction FAQs
Does dental insurance cover full mouth reconstruction?
Yes, your dental insurance is capable of covering all, or part, of your full mouth reconstruction treatment plan. Although it is ultimately up to your dental insurance provider. They will typically cover necessary restorative procedures. Most of the procedures in a full mouth reconstruction treatment plan includes restorative services that are necessary for your oral health.
How fast can a full mouth reconstruction be done?
A full mouth reconstruction is not a simple procedure. It is a complete treatment plan that combines several procedures. Depending on your needs, it can span from a couple of weeks to a few months. This is due to the steps we have to take in order to successfully complete treatment the first time, without issues. For example, there will be some procedures that may need to be conducted before others. Then there is healing times in-between procedures.
Is replacing missing teeth considered mouth reconstruction?
Yes, replacing missing teeth can be a part of your reconstruction treatment plan. Placing multiple dental implants is a process that can take a couple of weeks depending on how many implants you need.