The full mouth reconstruction or full mouth rehabilitation refers to rebuilding or replacing all of the teeth in the patient’s mouth. It involves the combination of esthetics with the science of restorative dentistry to improve the health, function, and beauty of the mouth.
Full mouth reconstruction typically involves dental procedures such as crowns, bridges, veneers, dental implants, and/or dentures that will essentially provide not only smile makeover, but improved chewing efficiency for the patient, done by specialists like periodontists (specializing in the gums), oral surgeons, orthodontists (specializing in tooth movements and positions) and endodontists (specializing in the tooth pulp).
The need for full mouth reconstruction condition arises from:
- Teeth lost due to decay or trauma
- Teeth are injured or fractured
- Teeth are severely worn because of acid erosion (foods, beverages, acid reflux) or tooth grinding.
- Ongoing complaints of jaw and muscle pain and headache requiring adjustments to the bite (occlusion).
Who Requires a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
There are people who have dental problems throughout their mouth which needs comprehensive treatment with a vision of improving both functional and esthetics. These patients are suffering of multiple missing teeth, many teeth with large fillings that are failing or exhibiting decay, cracked or broken teeth, or badly worn teeth due to teeth grinding or other habits.
There are also patients who are born with conditions such as Ectodermal Dysplasia, Ameliogenesis, or Dentinogenisis Imperfecta, requiring extensive restoration of their teeth. These patients may opt for full mouth reconstruction. In most cases, patients have to take at least 2/3 days off of work or for longer period, considering the gravity of the implants placed. The entire healing process takes approximately three to six months.