Transformative Full Mouth Reconstruction
Whether due to facial trauma, poor dental hygiene, or simple genetics, many patients find their smiles do not look or function their very best — and perhaps far from it. There is a solution in sight, but many people feel discouraged thinking about the number of treatments they will need to transform their damaged teeth. We have good news. If a comprehensive approach would be best for your smile, a full mouth reconstruction may be just what you need. Continue reading to learn more about the solution from the team at The Smilist Dental Medford.
What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction is a method that your dentist uses to rebuild or repair the form and function of your mouth. Rather than performing individual treatments that may last for a period of years, the full mouth reconstruction is designed to bring together aspects of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry with a vision for achieving your best looking, properly functioning smile. As the name suggests, the full mouth reconstruction usually affects all teeth and can greatly improve oral and overall health.
Who Needs a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction can be an appropriate solution for patients of all ages. People who have experienced significant damage to their teeth, gums, and surrounding oral structures may benefit from a full mouth reconstruction. People who have had trauma to the face, who grind their teeth at night, or who have lots of failing dental work (crowns, bridges, etc.) may benefit from the comprehensive approach. Additionally, a full mouth reconstruction may be recommended to repair damage from oral cancer, or to build up structures that have not developed properly due to conditions like ectodermal dysplasia and other congenital disorders.
Possible Treatments in a Full Mouth Reconstruction
The full mouth reconstruction brings together several aspects of dentistry to complete and repair the smile. Some of the most common treatments of a full mouth reconstruction include the following:
- Full or partial dentures
- Dental implants
- Crown or bridge
- Orthodontic treatment
- Porcelain veneers
- Teeth whitening
The total time it takes to complete your full mouth reconstruction depends on the treatments that are involved. Dental implants, for example, may take up to a year to complete. Dr. Rosenfeld, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, will walk you through your treatment plan so you know what to expect. By performing the treatments with a comprehensive approach, we reduce overall treatment times to help you enjoy your results more quickly.
At The Smilist Dental Medford, we offer sedation dentistry and make use of the latest technology to ensure your treatments are completed as comfortably and efficiently as possible. So when you visit us for your full mouth reconstruction, you can sit back, relax, and let Dr. Rosenfeld and our team get to work!
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If your teeth are significantly damaged, you may be an ideal candidate for the full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Rosenfeld builds comprehensive treatment plans, so don’t delay! Contact our office today to learn what’s possible with your smile transformation.
Full Mouth Reconstruction FAQs
Are you still contemplating the idea of full mouth reconstruction? You’re likely to have many questions about the process and what you can expect once your new and improved smile is in place. We understand this is an investment in your time and money, which is why you will find a list of common questions below. As you review the information, please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment to further discuss. We will be happy to answer your questions and address any concerns to help you feel more confident in your decision to choose full mouth reconstruction.
Does getting a full mouth reconstruction hurt?
It is always the goal of our dental team to make sure you are safe and comfortable during your visits. When preparing to undergo full mouth reconstruction, the level of sedation or anesthesia you receive is determined by the type of treatment you need. While some only require minimal anesthesia, others may result in the use of both anesthesia and sedation. You can feel more at ease knowing that during the procedure, you will feel nothing at all because of the numbness caused by local anesthesia. Once the effects wear off, however, you may experience some slight discomfort. Fortunately, this can be remedied with over-the-counter pain relievers. You may even need to stick to soft foods for a short time to allow for proper healing.
Can I get a full mouth reconstruction if I smoke?
Your dentist will ultimately determine this when evaluating you for full mouth reconstruction because each case is different. However, smoking is never a good solution for your oral and overall health. Although it may not make you ineligible for treatment, you may be required to forgo tobacco products for a designated period before and after your full mouth reconstruction. This is to ensure proper healing, which can be inhibited by the contents found in cigars, cigarettes, and vape pens. If you would like to kick the habit once and for all, don’t hesitate to speak with your general physician about cessation resources and other ways to quit.
Will people be able to tell that I had a full mouth reconstruction?
The good news is that your full mouth reconstruction will look extremely lifelike and natural; however, depending on the severity of your dental problems before undergoing treatment, there is a good chance others will notice you’ve had full mouth reconstruction. But remember, this realization will be a good thing! If you only have a few decayed teeth or are looking to whiten visible teeth, it may not be as noticeable. If you’re missing multiple teeth or are looking to transform your entire smile with veneers, you can expect your new appearance to be more dramatic. During your consultation, make sure to express to your dentist how subtle or obvious you expect your results to be.
How do I care for my smile after full mouth reconstruction?
Because this type of plan involves time, effort, and money, you’ll want to make sure your investment remains worthwhile for years to come. To keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling their best, you’ll need to practice optimal oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using ADA-approved mouthwash regularly. You’ll also need to eliminate any unhealthy lifestyle habits (i.e., smoking, eating ice, using your teeth as tools, etc.), and you’ll want to keep your regularly scheduled six-month dental checkups and cleanings. These will ensure our team can monitor the condition of your new smile and determine if any problems are arising along the way.