A full mouth reconstruction is often done for both health and cosmetic reasons. The reconstruction consists of multiple procedures focused on restoring function to the mouth and jaw which also brings back a patient’s natural smile and facial shape. Full mouth restoration is a team effort, often requiring professionals from multiple disciplines within the dental sector. To provide you with the highest level of care, Dr. Elena C. Puig and the Dynamic Smile Design team create tailored treatment plans for every patient. Full mouth reconstruction is no small feat and should only be done by experienced professionals.
Who Would Need a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Knowing who would be a good fit for a full mouth reconstruction can help you determine whether or not you would benefit from the procedure. Typically, medical conditions that lead to full mouth reconstruction include:
Severely decayed teeth
Trauma to the jaw and teeth
Damaged or worn teeth
When teeth are unable to return to their natural state through proper oral hygiene, they need to be professionally restored. Oftentimes these issues go unaddressed leading to chronic pain or complete loss of multiple teeth. Accidents that result in damaged or lost teeth are all too common. These incidents can damage more than just your teeth though. Patients cite a concern over how their smile now looks which hurts their self-confidence and enjoyment of the things around them.
In order to know if you’re a good candidate for full mouth reconstruction, we encourage you to reach out to Dynamic Smile Design for a consultation. Dr. Puig and the rest of our team will work with you directly, giving you the time needed to explain your situation. This allows us to propose what we believe to be the optimal course of treatment to address your concerns. No two reconstructions are the same, making this consultation process vital to long-term success.
What Makes It a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Due to the complexity of oral health and the structure of our jaw and teeth, certain procedures are categorized based on what they treat. For example, a periodontist only works on the gums and accompanying diseases. Full mouth reconstruction’s scope is focused on restoring lost or damaged teeth through whatever procedures are deemed necessary. Because of this, some patients may only have one doctor they work with while others might require a full team of specialists. Many oral health issues can be exacerbated by each other so finding underlying causes is extremely important.
Since full mouth reconstruction encompasses every aspect of a person’s teeth and smile, there are various factors to take into consideration. The patient’s medical history, known conditions and existing oral structure all play a significant role in determining how to approach restoration. Giving patients back their ability to confidently smile and reliably use their teeth takes both reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry procedures.
What Procedures Are Typically Done During Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Taking the time to plan and undergo a full mouth reconstruction means you’ll want to know exactly what’s going to happen. Since each plan of action differs from patient to patient, you’ll need to first schedule a consultation. A period of discovery and contemplation are had in which you, Dr. Puig and her team take a look at what procedures are most viable and applicable to you.
That being said, there are certain procedures commonly used during a full mouth reconstruction. Not every patient going through restorative dentistry procedures will encounter these but they are common enough to be anticipated.
One of the more common causes of tooth decay and loss is the onset of cavities. As the tooth decays, it becomes more susceptible to breaking or damage. Fillings are used to occupy the space left behind once a cavity and associated decay are removed. They can blend in with the natural color of your teeth for a seamless fix.
The most straightforward approach to lost or damaged teeth is to replace them with a dental implant. Other solutions for missing teeth often require ongoing maintenance in the form of aftercare or additional appointments. Implants, on the other hand, are made to last a patient the rest of their life. Titanium posts are implanted into the jaw before the artificial tooth is mounted on top, allowing for any number of teeth to be reliably replaced.
Crowns and Bridges
Sometimes replacing an entire tooth isn’t necessary. Instead, Dr. Puig can opt for placing dental crowns on top of a damaged or decayed teeth. As long as there is enough healthy tooth left behind, a crown can restore what was lost without having a full implant. Dental bridges, on the other hand, completely replace missing teeth but still use what’s already there. When a missing tooth is sandwiched between two healthy teeth, a bridge can be used to fill the gap.
Inlays and onlays are actually partial crowns. They serve a role similar to fillings in that they restore areas lost to cavities or tooth decay. Inlays go inside of the tooth in cases where fillings aren’t a viable option. Onlays also reside within the tooth but continue to the outside and around the cusp.
Finding a Trusted Team For Full Mouth Reconstruction
Dr. Puig and the Dynamic Smile Design team are committed to elevating what you expect out of a dental office. During your consultation, you can expect to have all of your questions answered with honesty and total transparency. Our goal isn’t to see as many patients as possible, but to help every patient we do see regain their smile. A successful procedure with our team includes education and support for aftercare treatment to keep you comfortable during the healing process.
If you’re in need of a single implant or a full mouth reconstruction, we encourage you to take a moment and schedule a consultation with Dr. Puig and her team. Dynamic Smile Design is here to help you achieve your ideal smile.