Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction refers to restoring and/or replacing all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth – while carefully considering the smile, bite, speech, facial support, jaw joint health and longevity of the result. Full mouth reconstructions combine aesthetics with the science of restorative dentistry to improve the health, function, and appearance of the face and mouth. Full mouth reconstruction is carried out by a specialist prosthodontist, who has had three years of training beyond dental school specifically in this type of treatment.
What are the benefits of full mouth reconstruction?
The benefits vary based on your situation, but often include:
- Improved chewing and a more comfortable bite
- Protection of teeth from further cracking, wear, and damage
- A beautiful smile – which can be completely personalized (and can look as natural or as perfect as you desire)
- Restoration of lip support and facial support
- Speech improvement
- Enhanced gum health
- Improved social confidence – no more hiding your smile or avoiding eating out
What conditions can be corrected with a full mouth reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction utilises a combination of restorative, implant, and cosmetic dentistry techniques to correct complex oral issues. The following conditions may be indications for full mouth reconstruction:
- Multiple missing teeth
- Multiple severely damaged teeth due to dental caries (decay)
- Multiple loose teeth due to periodontal (gum) disease
- Multiple broken, cracked, or fractured teeth
- Severely worn teeth due to tooth grinding (bruxism) and/or tooth erosion, often with abnormal changes in the bite
- Jaw, muscle, and/or headache pain due to bite problems
What types of procedures are involved in full mouth reconstruction?
Since every patient and case is unique, there is no set formula of required dental procedures for full mouth reconstruction. Usually, full mouth reconstruction requires multiple dental visits, referral to other dental specialists, and provisional (temporary) restorations that may serve as prototypes for the definitive restorations. Definitive restorations may involve a combination of dental inlays, onlays, crowns, fixed bridges, and dental implants restorations.
To guarantee you receive the best, most comprehensive care possible, Dr Daniel Tan will work with an experienced team of dental specialists providing multi-disciplinary treatment that is often required before the definitive restorations can be placed. This multi-disciplinary treatment may include endodontics (root canal therapy), periodontics (gum surgery), orthodontics, and oral surgery.
During your consultation, Dr Daniel Tan will thoroughly examine your oral health and needs to determine the best combination of procedures for you. These treatments may include:
- Recontouring of gum tissue
- Crown lengthening to increase tooth structure for definitive restorations
- Temporary restorations (also called provisional restorations)
- Definitive restorations – including crowns, veneers, inlays/onlays, and fixed bridges
- Dental implants
- Bone or soft tissue grafting
- Periodontal (gum) treatment
- Endodontic (root canal) therapy
- Orthodontics (braces, Invisalign)