what is a full-mouth reconstruction?
While many patients can relieve their dental issues with one treatment, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, there are those who require multiple procedures and more intensive care to improve the health, appearance, and function of their smile. This combination of services, often called a full-mouth reconstruction, incorporates many techniques to repair, restore, and/or replace your teeth. Some procedures that may be included in a customized full-mouth reconstruction treatment plan at Oakridge Dental are onlays, inlays, bridges, crowns, dental implants, and dentures. A few treatments, like dental implants, may require prior care in the form of gum and bone grafts to ensure that your gums and jawbone are healthy and stable enough to hold restorations in place.
Board-certified family dentist Dr. Brian Call offers full-mouth reconstruction treatment plans to patients who have developed many or significant oral problems. By listening to your concerns and conducting an overall assessment of your dental health, Dr. Call will help you craft a personalized treatment plan that addresses all of your wants and needs. To learn more about full-mouth reconstruction, or to find out if you could be a candidate, reach out to our Farmington, UT office.
who needs a full-mouth reconstruction?
Patients may require full-mouth reconstruction if they are missing multiple teeth, have large fillings that require replacement, or have a number of other dental issues impacting their health and smile. Teeth that are significantly decayed, cracked, broken, or badly worn will often need to be replaced. Older restorations, like crowns and bridges, may need to be replaced, too. In more advanced cases, some may experience degraded gums and teeth, which can give a sunken-in appearance to the cheeks or create other facial irregularities. Full-mouth reconstructions can revive a person's entire appearance by filling in the gaps of missing teeth and restoring deteriorated gum or bone tissue.
In addition, patients with certain medical or genetic conditions may benefit from a full-mouth reconstruction. These can include:
- Ectodermal dysplasia (teeth that never develop)
- Amelogenesis imperfecta (abnormally small teeth)
- Dentinogenesis imperfecta (translucent or discolored teeth)
how is it done?
If, after a thorough oral evaluation, Dr. Call notices a number of issues that will require multiple procedures to address, he may suggest a full-mouth reconstruction. Each procedure's treatment plan is fully unique to the patient to suit their individual needs. Some factors that will come into play as your treatment plan is designed are the state of your teeth, gum tissue, TMJ (temporomandibular joints), facial muscles, and bite alignment. Dr. Call will discuss all of your options in detail and help you decide on the best course of action. After going over what you can expect before, during, and after your procedures, your future appointments will be scheduled. Generally, full-mouth reconstructions can take several sessions to complete over a period of time to allow you to recover in between each step.
After every treatment in your full-mouth reconstruction treatment program, Dr. Call will explain what you can expect during your recovery and how to care for your mouth. He may write a prescription for antibiotics or pain medication to be filled before your procedure. You might experience some discomfort or swelling after certain treatments so you may need to adhere to a soft or liquid food diet for a time afterward. After your full-mouth reconstruction is complete, you should maintain your oral health by following good brushing and flossing habits at home. You should also continue to attend your yearly dental examinations after your full-mouth reconstruction. During these appointments, Dr. Call can track the health of your restorations, natural gums, teeth, and jaw.
improve the health and function of your smile
If you're on the lookout for a comprehensive solution to address your complex dental issues, such as missing teeth, bone and gum degradation, or worn and damaged teeth or restorations, reach out to our team in Farmington, UT to learn more about full-mouth reconstruction. At Oakridge Dental, experienced dentist Dr. Call approaches each full-mouth restoration on a case-by-case basis and provides all of his patients with attentive, one-on-one care.