Full mouth rehabilitation is a highly individualised treatment. The point of a full mouth reconstruction plan is to optimise the health of the entire mouth, including the teeth, the gums, and the bite. In many cases, it is necessary to replace or restore every tooth in the mouth using a combination of dental services.
How long does full mouth reconstruction take?
In most cases, patients should take at least one to two days off of work, perhaps longer if they are having multiple implants placed. The entire healing process takes approximately three to six months. During this time, the bone tissue will fuse to the implants, this is known as osseo integration.
How the Process Begins?
If you think you need reconstruction, see your dentist for a comprehensive examination. Your dentist will examine your mouth to determine the extent of the problem and the treatment options that can be used to correct it. In particular, he or she will examine the condition of your:
1] Teeth: The condition of your teeth will determine what restorative procedures may be needed, such as porcelain veneers or full-coverage crowns, inlays or on-lays, bridges or implants restored with a crown. In particular, your dentist will make note of any cavities and decay, tooth wear, cracks, short/long teeth, root canal issues and any tooth movement.
2] Periodontal (gum) tissues: If your gums are not healthy, you will most likely need scaling and root planing to treat periodontal disease. You may require more intensive treatments from a periodontist to ensure that your newly reconstructed teeth will have a solid foundation. Such
treatments could involve soft tissue or bone grafts to build up your gums and underlying jaw bone. Your dentist will look for deep pockets, excessive or insufficient gum tissue, periodontal disease and bone density irregularities.
Full mouth reconstruction, rehabilitation and restoration are terms often used interchangeably to describe the process of rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.
Full mouth reconstruction typically involves general or restorative dentists (performing procedures like crowns, bridges and veneers), and can incorporate dental specialists like periodontists (specialising in the gums), oral surgeons, orthodontists (specialising in tooth movements and positions) and endodontists (specialising in the tooth pulp).
The need for full mouth reconstruction may result from:
1) Teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma.
2) Teeth that have been injured or fractured.
3) Teeth that have become severely worn as a result of long-term acid erosion (foods, beverages, acid reflex) or tooth grinding.
4) Ongoing complaints of jaw, muscle and headache pain requiring adjustments to the bite (occlusion).
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