Full Mouth Reconstruction
Extensive tooth decay, years of dental wear, or facial trauma can collect a high toll from your smile. In fact, without a knowledgeable dentist in your corner, you may not feel much like smiling at all. Patients who experience extensive tooth loss, decay, or damage may need to create a personalized, comprehensive restoration plan. These extensive restoration plans typically fall under the category of a full mouth reconstruction. No two full mouth reconstruction plans are exactly alike, and they may include any combination of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services. For Ellington dentistry patients, Zahner Dental offers a wide range of treatment options to fully repair dental damage and deliver a completely flawless smile you can share confidently in any social or professional situation.
Who Should Consider a Full Mouth Reconstruction Plan?
The technical definition of a full mouth reconstruction states that the treatment plan needs to in some way repair each tooth. In our office, the purpose of the full mouth reconstruction is to address all the oral health concerns any patient has over the course of a fully developed, personalized treatment plan that has been established to fit within the individual’s budget and schedule. This can include a wide range of dental services. Some patients think that smile makeovers and full mouth reconstructions are the same. They are very similar, but smile makeovers typically just address cosmetic flaws within an otherwise healthy smile. Full mouth reconstruction plans may include cosmetic services, but they are necessary to address serious and advanced oral health concerns.
What Treatments are Included in Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Every smile is unique and full mouth reconstruction plans are customized to meet each patient’s individual set of needs. A full mouth reconstruction plan can include a wide range of services. Typically there are several restorative services like:
- Dental crowns
- Fixed bridges
- Partial and full dentures
- Root canal therapy
- Dental implant supported tooth replacement
- Tooth extractions
- Soft tissue or bone grafting
We may also recommend a variety of cosmetic dentistry services such as:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental bonding
- Porcelain veneers
- Invisalign alignment tray orthodontics
- Gum tissue reshaping
For more advanced services to treat extensive facial trauma or other severe oral health concerns, we may partner with local specialists. These experienced practitioners can provide services such as:
- Orthognathic (jaw) surgery
- Advanced orthodontics
- Oral surgery
Caring for Your Smile after Full Mouth Reconstruction
Each procedure you complete during your full mouth reconstruction will have its own set of post operative instructions. The main goals of these after-care plans include preventing infection, promoting healing, and minimizing any discomfort. We may prescribe oral antibiotics, antimicrobial mouth rinses, and other medicinal treatments to limit the amount of oral bacteria and promote fast healing. Following many dental treatments, over the counter pain relievers and cold compresses are typically adequate to alleviate discomfort. However, in rare cases, we may prescribe a stronger pain reliever. However, we always exhaust other options first. Once your smile is healed, you’ll go back to brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting our Ellington dentistry practice for checkups. You may need to change some of the products you use at home, and we may recommend you visit our office more frequently for checkups and professional teeth cleanings. Following the completion of your full mouth reconstruction, a dentist or hygienist will walk you through your best oral hygiene practices going forward.