The procedure may be carried out when the patient has many worn, damaged or multiple missing teeth. It often requires every tooth in the patient’s mouth to be restored with the use of crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and full arch restoration with the use of dental bridgework and dental implantology.
A full mouth reconstruction may be needed as a result of:
- Teeth which have been damaged or fractured.
- Tooth loss which has occurred due to trauma or decay.
- Continuous problems of pain in the jaw or repeated headaches which necessitates adjustments to the patients bite.
- Teeth which are heavily worn due to continued acid erosion or Bruxism (tooth grinding).
The first part of the procedure involves a thorough examination of the patient’s mouth to accurately determine the extent of the problem and enable a detailed treatment plan to be developed to suite the exact needs of the patient. This involves the examination of the teeth, gum, jaw, jaw joint and muscles.
As well as a physical examination modern dental technology is often implemented such as a 3D cone beam scanner which can then be used in conjunction with specialized computer aided smile design software to accurately predict the final outcome of the treatment. This is often used in conjunction with digital photography and impressions of both the upper and lower jaw.
Following the dental examination a highly individualized treatment plan is decided upon. The dentist will explain to the patient all of the options which are available and the type of treatments which best suites the patients requirements will be decided upon by both the patient and dentist.
Types of Dental Treatment
The majority of full mouth reconstructions require numerous treatment stages and visits to the dental clinic. It’s not at all uncommon for the treatment to take one year or longer, dependant upon the patients needs. These treatments may include:
- A teeth cleaning session with a dental hygienist to remove plaque.
- Surgical repositioning of the jaw.
- Gum contouring – surgically removing selected areas of gum tissue to expose more of the tooth to make aesthetic improvements to the patients smile.
- In some cases braces may be used to move the patients teeth to the optimum position prior to other reconstruction work to be carried out.
- The use of temporary restorations in order for the patient to become familiarized to their new teeth and the feel of the new alignment of their bite.
- Preparation & placement of bridgework, veneers, crowns, inlays or onlays.
- Bone grafts may be carried out to increase the stability of the planned restorations such as dental implants.
- The placement of dental implants in order to hold dental bridgework or prosthetic teeth.
- Full arch restorations can be carried out by placing a dental bridge or dental implants in cases if the affected person is lacking a complete set of upper &/or lower teeth.
The Cost of Full Mouth Reconstructions
The cost of a full mouth reconstruction will vary greatly based on the quantity of and types of treatments required for each and every individual patent. One major consideration is the cost of the implants, as the expense will vary greatly depending on the differing fees of individual dental clinics – with some charging two or even three times as much as others.
More information about dental implants can be found here: dentalcareplus Although the treatment fees may be expensive, the cost can sometimes be reduced as some health insurance policies may cover some parts of the treatment plan. It is also often possible to spread the cost with a payment plan if the patient does not have an insurance policy or if the insurance policy fails to cover the full cost of treatment.