Thinking of undergoing a full mouth restoration? If yes, then you are in good company because we will walk you through what you should expect to help prevent any rude surprises along the way. Also known reconstruction or rehabilitation, a full mouth restoration means as it implies, that is the process of simultaneously reconstructing all your teeth.
How to know if you are a candidate of a full mouth restoration
Some people tend to consider a complete mouth restoration when they encounter a mild dental issue such as a missing tooth or a cavity. It is, nonetheless, vital to note that not everyone is an ideal candidate for this process. It is only recommended when you have multiple dental issues such as
- Several missing or lose teeth
- Cracked, worn out or fractured teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Chronic tooth or jaw pain
- Recurrent jaw, muscle and headache pains.
What dental procedures should you expect?
Your dentist will carry out various procedures depending on the state of your dental health. However, the ones outlined below are the most common
Even though the primary goal of a full mouth restoration is to retain or save as many natural teeth as possible, some of them might have undergone extreme damage, making it impossible for your dentist to salvage them. In such a case, dental implants are the best alternative as they tend to mimic natural teeth, giving you a natural look. They are also perfect for when you have several missing teeth. Therefore, if several of your teeth cannot be retained or are missing, then you should expect dental implants to be among the procedures that your dentist will carry out. Fortunately, they are not as painful as the process is carried out under local anesthesia.
If you have several missing or loose teeth that cannot be retained, but you can’t afford dental implants, then dentures are another ideal solution. However, unlike implants, these are removable. They are created by your dentist to fit your upper or lower jaw depending on the position of your missing teeth. Nevertheless, implants do a much better job as dentures tend to move easily due to their removable nature.
If your teeth, especially the front set which are the most visible are healthy but discolored, then one procedure to brace yourself for is the placement of porcelain veneers. These are often placed over discolored or misaligned teeth for a natural, white look.
Also known as caps, crowns are usually used when you have decayed, cracked, worn, fractured or damaged teeth. Unlike implants, these only cover the biting surface and sides of the tooth-protecting it from further damage. During the crown placement procedure, your dentist first reshapes your tooth so the crown can fit over it, and appear natural.
Other procedures to expect
- Pinhole surgical technique
- teeth whitening
- root canal
- Dental inlays/onlays
During your first visit
The dentist will first carry out a comprehensive examination so that he/she can be in the position to determine the procedures that suit you based on the extent of tooth damage you have incurred over the years. After the assessment, the dentist will then discuss with you about your personal goals so he/she can know what you expect, tell you about the dental problems you have and the procedures required to put them to rest as well as how long the entire process might take. The dentist will also ensure he informs you about the costs and also whether you can use your insurance coverage to cover for the treatment.