Have you ever heard of a full mouth reconstruction and wonder what it was or if it is a good option for you to pursue? In this article, we’ve outlined a few key factors about the treatment to help you better understand what the process consists of and how it can help you regain your smile.
Generally, full mouth reconstructions are implemented when:
- Teeth that need to be replaced as a result of tooth decay, trauma, or periodontal disease
- restoring fractured teeth
- Replacing severely worn down teeth due to long term acid erosion or bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Improving the overall function of the teeth and jaw-related to any muscle, head, or jaw pain
On average most full mouth reconstruction cases are executed in a series of phases. The entire process can last up to 12 months with specific cases sometimes lasting longer. Some of the procedures may include:
- Prophylactic teeth cleaning or periodontal treatment
- Crown lengthening
- Orthognathic surgery
- Gum tissue contouring
- Reduction of tooth structure
- Temporary restorations
- Permanent restorations such as crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, and bridges
- Implants and/or anchor bridge restorations to replace missing teeth
- Bone or soft tissue grafting
Before you undergo the treatment there are a few things that should be addressed. Any form of periodontal issues that you might have should be taken care of before the procedure. The restoration will not last if your gums are not in good health. Cavities, decayed teeth, cracks, or root canal issues should also be treated before your operation. If you suffer from TMJ or other issues with your bite those should be corrected before as well.
If you are interested in a full mouth reconstruction and would like more information, contact our offices conveniently located in Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol, Tennessee. One of or amazing team members will help you schedule an appointment with Dr. Nathaniel Wells.