There are many dental solutions available, but the most extensive one is the full mouth reconstruction. It is generally reserved for people that need complete reconstruction of their entire mouth, usually due to an accident, or serious trauma. If you are a candidate for full mouth reconstruction, here is what you should know about the procedure.
Who is a Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?
In order to be a candidate for full mouth reconstruction, a person must have systemic dental problems that require or have already had multiple procedures to fix. For example, a person with multiple missing teeth in the upper and lower arches, or someone with many cracked, or chipped teeth could opt for a full reconstruction rather than addressing each individual problem separately. You must work with a dentist to determine if you are a candidate for a full mouth reconstruction.
What is Included?
A full mouth reconstruction can consist of a combination of procedures. It is not uncommon for a full mouth reconstruction to consist of a combination of dental implants and crowns or veneers to replace missing teeth, as well as, make the rest of the teeth look better. The combination of procedures depends on each person’s specific needs going into the procedure. In recent years, the process for the most severe cases, requiring a lot of dental implants has been simplified with new technologies like All-on-Four dental implants, which can replace an entire row of teeth. However, something as simple as having all of the teeth covered with veneers also counts as a full mouth reconstruction.
To begin the process, you must consult a dentist. Your dentist will clean your teeth and examine them thoroughly. This may include x-rays to check for cavities and the need for root canals. Once a full examination is complete, your dentist will come up with a plan to fix all of the problems. If the work is extensive and will be taxing on your body, then the dentist may suggest a simpler method for a full reconstruction. In this case, you will likely need to consult several specialists based on what you need to have done and what alternatives are available. This will give you the best chance of having the smile that you want. Your dentist will coordinate with those specialists and a dental surgeon so that you can have everything done in as few sessions as possible. In some cases, it may take multiple sessions to have the full procedure completed.
While every full mouth reconstruction is different, it is important to understand that it will not be a short process. In most cases, it takes up to six months to finish the full process. It can even take up to one year in cases that involve dental implants or more invasive methods, especially if bone grafting is needed. Your dentist will plant the procedure in stages that will keep the process as short as possible, while still giving you enough time to heal in between.