Full mouth reconstruction or reformation is a set of procedures that involve reconstruction or replacement of several or an entire set of teeth in the patient’s mouth. The procedures vary depending on the desired outcome. The treatments are anchored on the science of restorative dentistry, preventative services and cosmetic treatment or esthetics. On the whole, the procedures targets to improve the patient’s health, vitality and oral beauty. Treatment for full mouth reformation entails comprehensive examination of the patient’s medical and dental history, performing dental radiographs and dental and orofacial clinical examination. Once this information is obtained, the dentist will craft a plan to restore your smile and dental function.
Who Requires a Full Mouth Reformation?
Full mouth Reformation is normally recommended for people with dental problems and those looking to enhance their oral health and esthetics. As part of treatment, the dental specialist will also ask you to state the changes you want to achieve. Some of the conditions that qualify include:
- Badly worn teeth due to erosion and decay
- Multiple missing teeth due to trauma, injury or fracture
- Teeth requiring fillings
- Diseased gum
- Discomfort on the jaw
- Overcrowded or misaligned teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Headache and muscle pain requiring occlusion or bite adjustment
Note; patients suffering from more serious conditions like Amelogenesis, Ectodermal Dysplasia and may be eligible for extensive mouth reconstruction.
Treatment Options for Full Mouth Reformation
General and restorative treatments cover different aspects of oral health. The treatments aim to restore smiles and functions such as chewing. For patients with oral cancer, the dental specialist may recommend an array of oral reconstructive procedures, including the replacement of missing teeth and restoration of the oral cavity. The full list of treatment options include:
- Dental bridges – the procedure involves the placement of three or more connected crowns in place of lost or missing teeth.
- Dental implant restorations – during the procedure, implants made of various durable materials are inserted on the jawbone before the crown is placed. The procedure can last a lifetime and acts as a perfect replacement for damaged or replaced teeth.
- Root canals – the dentist may order this procedure to fix severely infected teeth.
- Tooth extraction – extraction is preferred in situations where the teeth cannot be repaired with a normal root canal.
- Dental crowns – the procedure helps restore structural flaws in the teeth.
- Porcelain veneers – the procedure is ideal where discolored or chipped teeth are identified.
- Tooth-colored fillings – the filings are normally used to repair broken or cracked tooth. The treatment involves the use of different materials such as gold, silver amalgam or porcelain.
- TMJ treatment – the treatment is normally reserved for people with pain in the joints and muscles across the jaws, neck and head. The pain may be caused by onset arthritis, injury or accident.
- Inlays and onlays – these are a form of indirect fillings bonded or cemented to the tooth. The treatment helps restore fractured, crooked or modestly decayed tooth.
What to Expect During Your Mouth Reconstruction Consultation
During your initial consultation with a dentist, the patient may consult several dental experts such as prosthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists and orthodontists. The periodontists specialize in the treatment of gums while orthodontist and oral surgeons specialize in tooth movement and positioning. The endodontists are specialist in the treatment of tooth pulp. If you are going for reconstruction, the dental expert will prepare your teeth and make the necessary impressions for restoration. During treatment, the dentist may put temporary restrictions to ensure the smile and natural structure of the teeth is fully restored. The dentist will also inform you about the appropriate aftercare procedures to ensure any treatment done works for you in the long term.
Beginning the Process of Mouth Reconstruction
Before the reconstruction process can begin; the dentist will perform a thorough examination on the patients to determine the extent of the problem. Depending on the diagnosis, the examination around the mouth is usually conducted by taking impressions of the upper and lower teeth. The other important procurements include the x-rays and photos and models of the teeth and bite. For complete mouth reconstruction, the following areas are examined:
Full Mouth Reconstruction: Teeth
The dentist usually examines the patient’s teeth to determine the type of restorative procedure to perform. The dentist will check the teeth for signs of cracks, root canal problems, movement, cavity, decay and wear. The common teeth restoration procedures include inlays or onlays, bridges, full coverage crowns and porcelain veneers.
Full Mouth Reconstruction: Periodontal Tissues
Treatment for periodontal disease or gums may involve scaling and root planing. Intensive treatment can follow depending on the recommendations of the periodontists. For instance, bone and soft tissue grafting may be suggested when it comes to bone density deficiency.
Full Mouth Reconstruction: Temporomandibular Joints, Jaw and Occlusion
The treatment for this condition includes the implementation of psychosocial intervention and devices like occlusion splints. The psychosocial interventions range from the use of pain medications to multi-pronged behavioral therapy. Common cases of Occlusion can also be treated using procedures like bite reprogramming orthotics before other restorative procedures can follow.
Full Mouth Reconstruction: Esthetics
The esthetics covers several elements about the teeth such as the shape, size and color and how they relate to other faculties like the mouth, face and gum. The whole philosophy behind dental esthetics revolves around the appearance of the dental restoration.
What Procedures are Needed?
Dental experts often develop a treatment plan after conducting all necessary examinations. If a special attention is required, the dentist will recommend an oral surgeon, periodontists or orthodontist. Once the treatment is complete, but additional reconstructions are required, the patient may be called to undergo phased treatment. Depending on the dental practice, a periodontal care and prophylactic teeth cleaning usually costs about $80 while the crown lengthening procedure goes for about $500 or more. The crown lengthening helps create an efficient tooth structure. The other specialized dental treatment and dental care procedures you can expect when you visit a dental office are as follows:
- Repositioning the jaw through orthognathic surgery
- Orthodontics or braces to replace lost teeth and restore the bridges
- Contouring of the gum tissue to create perfect smile and balance
- Placement of temporary restorations and permanent restorations such as veneers and crowns.
Full Mouth Reconstruction vs Smile Makeover
There is a difference between Complete mouth reconstruction and smile makeover. Whereas the full mouth reformation is necessitated by the condition one is suffering, the smile makeover is an elective procedure. In other word, the smile makeover is a cosmetic procedure designed to boost self-confidence and enhance aesthetic appeal. The procedures involved are teeth whitening, crowns, porcelain veneers and braces or Invisalign. Teeth whitening procedures are normally carried out to whiten discolored teeth. Braces or Invisalign helps correct misaligned teeth and enhance smile.
Visiting the Dental Office
If you want a smile or complete mouth reconstruction, you need to visit a trusted dental office. To make an initial appointment, you can call or visit the website of your preferred dental office. If you are working online, you will be asked to provide your name, email, phone and brief information about your request. During consultation, the dentist will evaluate your oral structures and discuss any underlying concerns before coming up with a personalized treatment plan.
The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment. Please contact our office by phone at 318-742-9852 or complete the appointment request form. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.