Whether you lost your teeth in an accident, or had them pulled intentionally because of dental complications, the fact is, you need to have them replaced. Not only for esthetic reasons, but also to help improve your speaking and chewing, as well as to prevent any other dental complication resulting from having gaps in your smile.
This is where a procedure known as full mouth reconstruction comes in.
The procedure involves not just replacing missing and broken teeth, but also restoring the function of both your gums and jaw.
The result is a mouth that works and looks exactly the way that it did before you had missing teeth – if not better!
What Exactly is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction isn’t just a single procedure, but rather, it involves multiple restorative, neuromuscular and cosmetic procedures. This means that the aim of full mouth reconstruction isn’t just restoring the function of teeth, but also the function, as well as the structure.
The reason why a full mouth reconstruction aims to fix all three is that they all affect each other.
Case in point, broken teeth can cause a malocclusion, which can lead to difficulty chewing and can result to abnormal wear and tear of your teeth. In worse cases, this can lead to migraines, jaw pain, as well as pain in the eyes, neck, ears and even back.
A full mouth reconstruction, though, isn’t just recommended to anyone.
The procedure is often recommended for the following:
- Those who have a lot of missing teeth.
- Those who have several chipped, broken, or worn down teeth.
- Those who are suffering chronic pain in their jaws or neck, usually accompanied by a clicking and popping sound of the jaw.
- Those who experience chronic back pain, headaches and muscle tenderness around their jaws.
The Treatments Involved
Each case of full mouth reconstruction is unique, as each is tailor-made to fit a patient’s needs and goals.
The process starts off with a series of tests for the dentist to be able to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums, as well as the jaw. If necessary, you will be referred to other dental specialists that are better suited to handle your specific needs.
For example, you may be referred to a prosthodontist. These dentists have received further training and education that makes them best suited to handle all the complexities involved in a full mouth reconstruction. They typically act as an architect of sorts, planning how the treatment should go.
Because of the number of procedures involved in a full mouth reconstruction, the process will undoubtedly take time. In fact, it isn’t unusual for a full mouth reconstruction to take more than a year to finish.
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A full mouth reconstructions doesn’t just take a long time to finish, they’re also quite expensive. However, most dental practitioners will be more than happy to discuss the costs of the care and create an affordable payment plan. Also, speaking of payment plans, make sure that you know which parts of the full mouth reconstruction is covered by your dental insurance and which are not.
It is also recommended to speak with other dentists as well, to get a second, third or even a fourth opinion.
Make sure that you take your time to ease through things and once you’re done, speak with your dentist and talk about how you can get yourself a better-looking, more functional and healthier smile!
If you’re seeking a dental professional to perform a full mouth construction, contact Dr. Gerald Middleton DDS in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 to schedule a consultation today. Visit www.gmdental.com for more information regarding Dr. Gerald Middleton and his wonderful team.