Complex dental situations requiring the restoration of many teeth with special attention to the bite should be referred for consultation with a prosthodontist. Our specialty practice has years of experience in managing these cases.
Full mouth reconstruction is often needed by people who have had extensive dental treatment throughout their lives. For these people, much of their dental work is in need of replacement and often the bite has deteriorated.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION?
Full mouth reconstruction is a phrase used to describe the restoration of a significant number of teeth for a patient. It represents a more difficult challenge in dentistry as many precise factors must be simultaneously balanced by the dentist, however this is the essence of the specialty of prosthodontics. In such a case, multiple techniques are often coordinated, possibly including crowns, veneers, bridges and implants. The bite and esthetics must be carefully controlled along with the task of precisely fitting multiple restorations.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION?
If you have many teeth needing restoration, you are aware that your bite does not function properly and are unhappy about the overall appearance of your teeth, full mouth reconstruction is a possibility. Full mouth reconstruction allows the reconstruction of your teeth in a way to maximize longevity and proper function of your teeth.
WHAT PROCEDURES ARE REQUIRED IN FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION?
The exact procedures required to properly restore your mouth can only be determined by thorough examination and evaluation of your teeth and oral structures. Typically, full mouth reconstruction incorporates several of our specialty services to create the proper result. Our goal is to bring the teeth back to their proper form and stability, creating a healthy and long-lasting smile.
DOES FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION REQUIRE THAT I RESTORE ALL MY TEETH AT ONE TIME?
Full mouth reconstruction does not require you to restore all the teeth, only those in need of attention. The critical phase is that of planning the treatment. We carefully work to visualize the end product and identify the steps to reach this goal. With such planning, we can normally do your required dental work in phases.
A 78-year-old male patient presented with a significant slant in his lower natural dentition and maxillary denture.
Due to bone loss under the maxillary denture, a supporting structure replacing missing bone and gingiva was created to properly position the crowns. The restorations for these teeth were fabricated in our laboratory. The supporting structure is screwed into the patient’s implants. Individual crowns are then cemented onto the structure. The crowns can easily be removed to remove the supporting structure if necessary. This facilitates maintenance of the implants and any necessary repair of the prosthesis.
At the completion of his treatment, the upper crowns replace his complete denture while the lower crowns cover his existing lower teeth. The patient has been restored with a natural appearance and proper facial support.