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Full mouth reconstruction eliminates the daily frustrations and discomfort of dentures.

FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION

Full mouth reconstruction is a solution that transforms missing, decayed, or cosmetically damaged teeth into a new, fully-functioning, beautiful smile. Full mouth reconstructions combine aesthetics with restorative dentistry, which simultaneously rebuilds or restores all teeth in the upper and lower jaw bone. Patients who have chosen full mouth reconstruction report an incredibly high quality of life over those who chose fixed bridges, partial dentures, or removable dentures. Full mouth reconstruction eliminates the daily frustrations and discomfort of dentures. They are recommended by dental professionals because, unlike fixed bridges or removable dentures, they do not affect oral health or lead to bone loss in the jaw.

Who Requires a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

People with dental issues throughout their mouth that require systemic treatment to improve function and appearance are the ideal candidates for a full-mouth reconstruction surgery. A full mouth restoration may be for you if you are experiencing the following dental issues.

  • Four or more missing, compromised, or broken teeth
  • Eroded enamel
  • Tooth decay in multiple teeth
  • Difficulty with chewing and biting
  • Extreme bone loss in the jaw
  • Challenge with speaking
  • Dentures that are irritating the gums & bone
  • Worn down teeth due to years of  tooth grinding

Patients born with diseases like ectodermal dysplasia, amelogenesis, or dentinogenesis imperfecta may require substantial dental restoration. These individuals could also benefit from a full mouth reconstruction.

Types of Full-Mouth Reconstruction Treatments

General or restorative dentists (those who perform dental crowns, dental bridges, and veneers) and dental specialists such as periodontists (those who specialize in the gums), oral surgeons, orthodontists (those who specialize in tooth movements and positions), and endodontists (those who specialize in the tooth pulp) are the dental professionals commonly involved in full mouth reconstruction.

Implant overdentures and hybrid implant dentures are two full-mouth restoration solutions Precision Oral Surgery offers.

  • Implant Overdentures – Implant-supported dentures are a type of overdenture that is supported by four or six implants in the mandibular and maxillary jawbones. They aid in preserving the existing bone structure, prevent future degradation, increase bone stability, and improve your youthful appearance. These overdentures snap in and lock into the implants, making them easy to be taken off and put back on by the patient.
  • Hybrid Implant Denture – This type of denture is ideal for those who have lost many or most of their natural teeth. Hybrid implant dentures, like ordinary dentures, replace your smile with a full set of high-quality artificial teeth. Hybrid implant dentures, unlike traditional dentures, are secured in your mouth with a set of four dental implants, which are titanium posts that merge with your jaw. The posts are permanently attached to your dentures, preventing them from moving about, and can only be removed by a dentist or oral surgeon.

The length of your procedure will vary based on your treatment. In addition to the time spent during the procedure, you can also expect to be in our office an additional 30 to 60 minutes for consultation and in-office recovery time.

Discuss your treatment options with your dentist to discover if fixed hybrid dentures or implant-supported dentures are suitable for you.

How the Treatment Process Begins

If you believe you require a restorative procedure, schedule an appointment with Precision Oral Surgery for a comprehensive evaluation. After a consultation at our office, our doctors will create a custom treatment plan that caters to your specific needs. We will review your treatment plan with you to ensure you leave with a completely new, rebuilt set of teeth after your dental procedure.

Your dentist will examine your mouth for oral health issues such as:

  • Teeth – Depending on the state of your teeth, restorative procedures such as porcelain veneers or full-coverage crowns, inlays or onlays, bridges, or implants replaced with a crown may be required. Cavities and decay, tooth loss, tooth wear, cracks, short/long teeth, root canal concerns, and tooth movement will all be noted by your dentist.
  • Periodontal (gum) tissues – If your gums aren’t in good condition, you’ll probably need scaling and root planning to get rid of periodontal disease. A periodontist may be required to provide more comprehensive periodontal treatment to ensure that your newly restored teeth have a strong foundation. Soft tissue or bone grafts may be used to strengthen your gums and underlying jaw bone in such treatments. Deep pockets, excess or insufficient gum tissue, gum disease, and bone density anomalies are all things your dentist will examine.
  • Occlusion, temporomandibular joints, and jaw muscles –   A stable bite is essential for your general dental health. It should not create pain when you close your mouth or chew, and it should not wear or damage your teeth. When your dentist plans your restoration surgery, occlusal alterations must be considered. Correcting occlusion may necessitate orthodontics or another sort of treatment (night guard or bite retraining orthotic) before further restorative procedures can be performed.
  • Esthetics – Full mouth reconstruction also considers the color, shape, size, and proportion of your teeth, as well as how they appear with your gums, lips, mouth, side profile, and face.

The initial evaluation process necessitates the use of X-rays and photographs of your mouth, as well as impressions of your upper and lower teeth, models of your teeth made from the impressions, and a model of your bite. To design the optimal treatment plan for you, your dentist may recommend you to experts (periodontists, orthodontists, or oral surgeons) for further consultations.

After gathering all pertinent information, your dentist will devise a detailed, step-by-step treatment plan to address all of the issues in your mouth and complete your reconstruction. Make sure you understand the risks and benefits of the surgeries and treatments you’re considering.

What Dental Procedures Are Needed?

Only your dentist and the team of experts working on your whole mouth reconstruction will be able to tell you what treatments you’ll require. However, most restorative treatments are conducted in multiple phases. Treatment could take anywhere from 12 to 18 months, depending on your condition. Depending on your requirements, the following procedures may be used:

  • Periodontal care and prophylactic tooth cleaning.
  • Crown lengthening to reveal sound, healthy tooth anatomy in preparation for crowns or bridges.
  • Orthognathic surgery to correct and reposition the jaw.
  • Gum tissue contouring to create a healthy smile.
  • Reduction procedure to reduce natural tooth structure to place crowns, bridges, or veneers.
  • Temporary restoration placement so that you can get used to your new teeth and the feel of your new mouth or bite alignment.
  • Permanent restorations composed of ceramic, ceramic supported by metal or a combination of both are placed, such as crowns, veneers, inlays/onlays, or bridges.
  • To shift your teeth into the best position for reconstruction, you’ll need orthodontics (braces).
  • Implants may be required to restore and replace lost teeth and anchor bridges.
  • Proposed implants and other restorations may require soft tissue or bone grafting to improve the stability of your teeth.

Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover

A smile makeover procedure is carried out by cosmetic dentists, while a team of specialized oral surgeons carries out a restorative dentistry treatment. A smile makeover is a set of dental procedures performed for purely cosmetic reasons. While a full reconstruction aids in the restoration of function. A smile makeover can focus on a single lost tooth or a minor imperfection, whereas a reconstruction involves multiple loss teeth and other dental issues. Although a smile makeover is not as comprehensive as a reconstruction, both procedures improve the appearance of your teeth to create a beautiful smile.

Aftercare Process

Your dentist will provide you with a full set of aftercare instructions to follow. These guidelines will assist you in avoiding discomfort and pain and ensuring a quick and successful recovery after your dental procedure. A follow-up appointment with your dentist must be scheduled within a week or two after your complete mouth restoration surgery to ensure progressive healing and minimize the risk of complications. Here are a few aftercare tips to follow:

  • Take sufficient time off from work.
  • Reduce or avoid all physical activities till you feel better.
  • Take your medications as prescribed.
  • To minimize swelling, apply a cold compress or an ice pack.
  • Only eat soft foods or liquids for the next several days.
  • If you suspect something is wrong, call your doctor immediately.

If you are interested in full mouth reconstruction please contact us today. We have two convenient locations in Greeley and Thornton, Colorado.