Full mouth reconstruction, full mouth rehabilitation and full mouth restoration are terms that are used interchangeably to describe the process of rebuilding or restoring some or all of the teeth in your upper and lower jaws. Full mouth reconstruction typically involves general practices, such as placing crowns, bridges and veneers and dental bonding.
Common issues that can be this process can fix include:
- Teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma.
- Teeth that have been injured or fractured.
- Teeth that have become severely worn as a result of long-term erosion (foods, beverages, acid re-flux) or tooth grinding.
- Ongoing complaints of jaw, muscle and headache pain requiring adjustments to the bite.
The condition of your teeth will determine what procedures may be needed, such as crowns or veneers. In particular, your dentist will make note of any cavities and decay, tooth wear, cracks, short/long teeth, root canal issues and any tooth movement. Your dentist will make sure that you have a stable bite – one in which you are not in pain when you close your mouth or chew and one that does not cause wear on your teeth.
Also, if your gums are not healthy, you may need procedures to treat periodontal disease, which might require more intensive treatments from a periodontist to ensure that your newly reconstructed teeth will have a solid foundation.
While planning and implementing the treatment, the color, shape, size and proportion of your teeth, and how they appear in relation to your gums, lips and face are important. Your dentist will examine your mouth to determine the extent of the problem and the treatment options that can be used to correct it. Even if you don’t have great dental coverage, you can find low cost dental work in Arizona, which will give you a reason to show off your beautifully restored smile!