Full-mouth restoration, also referred to as full-mouth reconstruction, is a collection of restorative, cosmetic, and neuromuscular procedures that together rebuild your smile from scratch. A dentist approaches a full-mouth reconstruction not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also a functional one. Your teeth can look good, but your teeth, jaw, and bite also need to work properly so that you are able to have an attractive smile as well as a structurally sound smile.
The first thing to understand about full-mouth reconstruction is that it’s a completely customizable undertaking. There is no one-size-fits-all. One person’s restoration could consist of porcelain veneers and crowns. Another person’s smile makeover might include gum disease treatment and dental implants. The one thing that all restorations do have in common is that they typically involve the repair or replacement of a great number of teeth, and the length of time to complete these procedures is significant.
Full-mouth restoration is not a simple undertaking, and both you and your dentist must be committed to the procedure from start to finish. Be certain that the dentist who will be doing your full-mouth reconstruction is experienced in such a comprehensive and extended treatment plan, and comfortable with modern cosmetic and restorative dentistry innovations and technology.
Mouth pain, broken teeth, missing teeth, and simple insecurity about the appearance of your teeth are all signs that a full-mouth reconstruction could be beneficial for you. If your teeth feel loose, you’re experiencing bleeding, you’ve lost teeth, or your mouth is constantly sore, it’s clear that the foundationof your teeth has been compromised, and the appearance of your smile no doubt reflects that truth.
What’s important to know is that your dentist has seen it all – the broken-down smiles, the disrepair, gum disease, stained teeth. Your smile, no matter how badly damaged it may be, is nothing new to your dentist. If the state of your oral health is holding you back from making repairs, try to move past that embarrassment. Your dentist’s goal is to help you recapture sound oral health and a dazzling white smile.
It doesn’t matter whether neglect, injury, worn out cosmetic treatments, or lack of preventive dental care has gotten your mouth into the condition it’s currently in – now is the time to make a change. If you’re experiencing any of the following problems, a full-mouth restoration may be in the cards for you:
Even though some of these symptoms seem unrelated to oral health care, know that they most certainly are tied together. A broken tooth can impact your bite. A compromised bite can make chewing or speaking difficult. Problems with chewing can lead to wear on your teeth. Wear and tear can create jaw and neck pain or soreness and minor to severe headaches.
If your teeth and gums are in disrepair, this will not do the rest of your body any favors, and it will impact the kind of diet you are able to maintain, which will affect your overall well-being. In short, if you’re having trouble with your teeth or any pain at all, see your dentist.
There are a great deal of options when it comes to full-mouth restoration, and your dentist will review all of them with you to determine the best course of treatment and the procedures for which you’re a good candidate. Here are just some of the procedures that may be included in a full-mouth reconstruction plan:
When you want to undergo any sort of restorative or cosmetic dentistry work and expect the work to last, the foundation of your mouth has to be healthy and clean. If you are suffering from gum disease – something your dentist will check before proceeding with any repairs – scaling and root planing will make up the bulk of your periodontal treatment. Regular deep cleanings may also be prescribed. Gum disease must be eradicated before any reconstruction can begin.
Gone are the days when people were destined to have silver fillings marking up their smile. Composite tooth fillings can be used to fill cavities, and their natural color blends in with your teeth – no one will ever know you had a cavity. Composite can even be used to make small surface repairs to teeth.
When tooth decay has reached the pulp chamber of a tooth, the nerves that are within the root will be destroyed, causing the tooth to die. In the past, tooth extraction was the only solution for this problem. However, root canals have eliminated the need for extraction in some cases, and your tooth can be saved and capped with a porcelain crown so that it looks brand new.
One of the simplest yet most effective cosmetic dentistry treatments is teeth whitening. If your dentist determines that the structure of your natural teeth is in good shape, and has finished filling in any holes or eliminating gum disease from your smile, a professional teeth whitening can round out your treatment. And the best news it – it only takes about an hour.
When you are missing teeth, or when you do have need for tooth extraction – as is often the case in full-mouth restorations – dental implants are the most secure option for replacing a hole in your smile. The implant root is placed in your jawbone and, after the gum and area around the implant has healed, a prosthetic tooth will be attached to the implant post. The result: Solid teeth, permanent teeth, teeth that look and act like strong natural teeth.
If your dentist determines that teeth whitening cannot get the stains out of your teeth, if you have short teeth and want more elongated teeth, if you want a full smile that’s straight and white, porcelain veneers get the job done. They resist stains so, once in place, you needn’t do more than maintain the veneers as you would any other natural tooth. Those famous Hollywood smiles? Many of them are made with veneers – you’d never know they aren’t a person’s original teeth, right?
Crowns are a reliable dental solution that are often used to restore the shape, size, or strength of a tooth while also improving its appearance. If you’re dealing with discolored teeth, need a broken tooth restored, or are trying to protect a tooth from decay, porcelain crowns may be the restorative dentistry treatment of choice.
This list of treatments is not exhaustive. Your dentist may also recommend dental inlays or dental onlays, dental bonding, braces, a mouthguard, or a bite repositioning appliance. The blueprint for your full-mouth restoration will be laid out from the beginning so you know what to expect and how to plan for major dental procedures.
When you need extensive tooth repairs, the journey ahead can feel daunting, exhausting, and overwhelming. You are facing several treatments that will be performed over a period of time, and the journey won’t always be easy. The reward, however, is a healthy, beautiful smile that makes you look healthier, happier, and younger.
Sometimes people choose to skimp on oral health care because it’s so hard to clean teeth that are crowded, broken, or loose. When your smile is solid and secure, it will be easy to clean and therefore simple for you to maintain a consistent brushing and flossing treatment at home. Keeping up with professional dental cleanings and exams will also help you maintain that good-looking grin.
If your teeth are moving around too much or you’re saddled with poorly fitted dentures, you won’t be able to eat a healthy diet. People with compromised smiles often turn to softer foods, which means any crunchy fruits and vegetables or chewy proteins go neglected, which means your body is lacking proper nutrition. A healthy mouth can lead to a healthier body and an improved well-being.
Let’s face it, when you’re embarrassed by your teeth, you won’t be smiling all that much. You may keep your hand in front of your mouth when you laugh or eat. Or you may choose not to smile at all and instead will look morose, grumpy, or uninterested all the time. When your teeth look good, you look good. In fact, a beautiful smile can make you look younger, healthier, happier, wealthier, and smarter. And confidence simply follows suit.
Keep in mind as you consider this major investment in your oral health and total health that oral sedation is available so you don’t have to sit alert in the dentist’s chair while they work on your teeth. You can take a little “nap” and wake up with yet another part of your new smile intact. Oral sedation also makes it possible for your dentist to complete several treatments at once, and the faster your full-mouth restoration can progress, the closer you are to a brand new you.
If you’re ready to change your life and invest in a brand new smile and a brand new you, contact Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez or Dr. Sharon Schmeiser in Miami, Florida, to schedule your consultation to discuss full-mouth restoration.