Complex dental situations requiring the restoration of many teeth, with special attention to the bite, should be referred for consultation with a prosthodontist. Our practice has years of experience 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 can be in need of replacement and often their bite has been compromised.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION?
Full mouth reconstruction is a phrase used to describe the restoration of a significant number of a patient’s teeth. It represents a more difficult dental challenge because many precise factors must be managed simultaneously. However, this is the essence of what prosthodontists do. In such cases, multiple techniques are often coordinated, including crowns, veneers, bridges, and implants. The patient’s bite and esthetics must be carefully controlled, often with the added challenge of fitting multiple restorations.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION?
If you have many teeth that require restoration, or you’re aware that your bite doesn’t function properly, or are not happy with the overall appearance of your teeth, full mouth reconstruction may be the solution. It allows the reconstruction of your teeth in a way that maximizes longevity and the 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 results. Our goal is to bring your teeth back to their proper form and function, creating a healthy, long-lasting smile.
DOES FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION REQUIRE THAT I RESTORE ALL MY TEETH AT ONE TIME?
No, full mouth reconstruction does not require you to restore everything at once, only those areas in need of urgent attention. But proper assessment and planning are critical. We carefully work to visualize the desired result and identify the steps necessary to reach our goal. With careful planning, we can normally perform the 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 crowns. The restorations for these teeth were fabricated in our laboratory. The supporting structure was screwed into the patient’s implants. Individual crowns were then cemented onto the structure. With this approach, the crowns can easily be removed to access the supporting structure if necessary.
This facilitates the maintenance of the implants and any future repair of the prosthesis that may become necessary. At the completion of his treatment, the patient’s upper crowns replaced his complete denture while the lower crowns covered his existing lower teeth. The patient’s natural appearance and proper facial support were completely restored.