Who is a Good Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?

If you are need of replacing or rebuilding a majority of your teeth, then a full mouth reconstruction procedure may be right for you. Full mouth reconstruction is part of restorative dentistry that aims to improve the beauty of one's mouth. While giving a patient a smile makeover, it also strives to add to the health and functionality that comes along with having teeth.

What is a full mouth reconstruction?

The term full mouth reconstruction is actually used loosely and can refer to any dental treatment that affects all the teeth in the mouth. There are extensive treatments that use onlays, crowns and bridges to help provide an improvement to the chewing ability of the patient as well. There are many dental implants and cosmetic options such as veneers and dental bonding for those looking to go a gentler and more natural route.

Who is a perfect candidate?

A full mouth reconstruction can be perfect for anyone who has a multitude of missing teeth, large fillings, tooth decay or broken teeth. It is also ideal for people who have badly worn teeth from grinding or sports injuries. The main product that these patients get in return will be a new mouth with improved function and aesthetic.

People who were born with rare oral conditions such as Ectodermal Dysplasia or Dentinogenetic Imperfecta may be candidates for a full mouth reconstruction. It is important to note that most full mouth reconstructions require some level of local anesthesia. The ideal candidate should be able to handle this sort of sedation if they are to undergo more extensive oral procedures.

Benefits

There are many benefits that come with full mouth reconstruction.

  • It can help eliminate the greater risk of oral infections associated with tooth loss and extensive tooth damage
  • If you have current health issues in the mouth such as tooth decay or gum disease, this procedure can eliminate those completely. You will be able to enjoy a strong and healthy smile after reconstruction knowing that any nagging oral infections are gone
  • If you are also dealing with TMJ issues, a full mouth reconstruction could be the perfect correction for your bite and jaw issues

Potential concerns

There are some potential concerns with treatment and recovery times. Although most younger patients respond well to this procedure, the older the patient, the more risk there is involved. This goes for any dental or medical procedure. Treatment plans for older patients may involve less invasive options to avoid unnecessary trauma.

For example, an older gentleman may be recommended mini dental implants instead of the extensive, traditional dental implant procedure. This is to reduce recovery time, pain and the amount of medicine used during the procedure.

Surgery is generally required during a full mouth reconstruction. As with all surgeries, there is always a risk of increased infection, blood and the failure to execute. The same goes for patients who do not maintain good oral health as they may not experience lasting results from their treatment plan.

In conclusion

Anyone considering dental work on the majority of their teeth should be aware of the modern procedures available to them. Contacting a dental professional is an excellent first step in beginning the process of full mouth reconstruction.

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