There are times when extensive dental work is needed in order to give us the happy, healthy smile that we want. Issues such as improper bite, jaw pain, and extensive tooth damage may need more than a simple treatment; for numerous dental issues, a full mouth reconstruction may be necessary to achieve a full and beautiful smile.
What is a full mouth reconstruction used for?
Full mouth reconstructions may be used when extensive damage to the teeth have occurred, or when many teeth are missing, cracked, chipped, or worn down. Your dentist may also suggest a full mouth reconstruction if issues with your teeth are causing you pain in your jaw or headaches.
What procedures are used in a full mouth reconstruction?
The procedures used in a full mouth reconstruction will vary from patient to patient, depending on the specific issues that require treatment. Some procedures that may be involved in a full mouth reconstruction include:
- Braces or Orthodontics
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Implants
- Dental bonding
- Dental bridges
- Porcelain veneers
In some more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct issues with your jaw placement.
How long does full mouth reconstruction take, and what is the process?
The procedures required for a full mouth reconstruction will usually be spread out over the period of several months to ensure your maximum comfort. During your initial visits, your dentist will perform a thorough examination complete with x-rays of your teeth, gums, and jaw structure. A model of your overall bite will be created by taking impressions of your teeth. If you are suffering from gum disease or gingivitis, this will need to be treated first otherwise future dental work may be affected. Once this is done, your dentist will discuss the treatments that will be needed for your full mouth reconstruction with you, and put together a treatment plan.
If you have multiple dental issues and feel that you might be a good candidate for a full mouth reconstruction, call the office of Roger L. Gillespie, DDS today at 310-325-4155 to schedule a consultation appointment.