Dentists use full mouth reconstruction and full mouth restoration interchangeably to describe the repair and building of a healthy mouth and dentition.
When the process is complete, you’ll have an esthetically pleasing smile with regular (and easy) functionality. The treatment aims to meet as many of the psychological and physiological expectations a patient can have for their mouth and teeth.
While it demands considerable time and financial commitments, the rewards can be life-changing.
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What is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction uses various dental procedures to restore a patient’s mouth to an improved state of health and esthetics. Each plan of treatment is different according to your needs. Dental crowns, bridges, veneers, fillings, implants, extractions, root canals, bone grafting, orthodontics, gum surgery, and TMJ treatment can all be a part of your full mouth reconstruction.
You are about to embark on the most advanced and complex of all dental procedures. The most modern and cutting-edge technologies make it possible to give you a beautiful smile and the function your teeth need to maintain the best oral health. You will be investing considerable time and money in this customized plan that is sure to improve the quality of your life.
Make sure we answers all your questions before treatment begins, and if any confusion arises during the process, make sure to clear it up quickly. Dr. Lasry wants you to be aware of every aspect of the treatment as it unfolds. From the list of potential procedures (see below), you’ll see that the operation can become complicated. Always ask questions so that you understand where you are in the process.
You should expect to spend twelve months or longer in the reconstruction process. Every step is essential, but we take care of you with extreme care and precision. Your patience and determination to obtain the best results will be necessary for a successful outcome.
How Long Does It Take?
There are three aspects of the full mouth reconstruction process for you to consider as you prepare to begin treatment.
- Your oral health. Getting rid of as much inflammation in your mouth as possible is an excellent benefit once treatment begins. This means a heightened dedication to brushing, flossing, and the daily use of an anti-bacterial mouth rinse.
- Your mindset. Everything is about to change, and you must be prepared mentally for these changes. Completing your treatment requires more than one or two dental visits, so you need to be ready for hours in the dental chair.
- Your monetary responsibility. You are about to make a significant investment in your health and your appearance. Don’t allow financial stress to mar this life-changing experience. Make all the arrangements in advance. Spend time with the dental office administrator to evaluate expenses covered by your dental insurance. If you need financing or a payment plan, discuss this before treatment begins.
Full Mouth Restoration Procedure
Here’s what your full mouth restoration procedure might look like:
1. Comprehensive oral exam
All full mouth restoration cases begin us doing a thorough evaluation of your current dental condition. This step is critical for a successful outcome and involves evaluating your teeth, gum tissues, TMJ, jaw muscles, your bite, and the appearance of your mouth and teeth. This step includes a visual examination, X-rays, photos, and models of your teeth.
2. Treatment plan
This is the detailed, individualized, step-by-step plan that includes all aspects of your full mouth restoration from beginning to end.
3. Teeth cleaning
This may include more involved gum treatments, including periodontal (gum) surgery, if necessary.
4. Root canal treatment
Some teeth may be salvageable with a routine root canal treatment. Before your complete smile makeover, we may simply remove the tooth decay to help decide to keep or extract these teeth.
Each tooth will need sufficient tooth structure and bone support for crown placement.
The high success rate of dental implants makes them desirable for reconstruction cases.
7. Temporary restorations
Well-done temporary repairs are important to ensure the best creation of the permanent restorations’ esthetics and function.
8. Bone or gum grafting
These procedures can enhance the look and function of the final restoration.
9. Permanent restorations
The reconstruction concludes with the cementation of crowns, inlays, onlays, and bridges.
Other procedures (such as oral surgery and orthodontics) may be a part of your treatment plan in addition to those listed above.
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Every step in the process requires a recovery time before beginning the next phase. This is especially true for surgical procedures. Your patience and attention to instructions will be critical to a successful recovery. Dentists sometimes prescribe medications such as antibiotics and special dietary changes (such as soft foods or liquid diets) after certain procedures.
Oral hygiene habits will also change during the process. Dr. Lasry will stress meticulous attention to keeping your teeth and gums healthy during and after completing the reconstruction. In a sense, the recovery never ends because your regular dental checkups take on added significance. It is critical to keep all regular dental checkup appointments. Contact Lasry Dental Clinic at once if you have any pain or gum swelling between office visits.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Cost
The cost for full mouth reconstruction varies depending on your teeth and gums’ present condition and the types of procedures necessary to reach your goal. The need for bone and gum grafts makes a treatment plan more costly than one completed with only crowns and fillings.
If you are working within a specific budget, it is best to discuss this with us before treatment. With some dental treatments, using one material instead of another could affect the cost. You need to know the advantages and disadvantages of each material before treatment.
Many people embarking on full mouth restoration have this question in mind, “How much does it cost to replace all your teeth?” The answer to this question is, it depends. It depends on the procedures necessary to get your mouth ready for the restorations, such as oral or periodontal surgery, TMJ treatment involvement, the use of dental implants, and the types of repairs required, such as crowns and fillings.
Dental implants are commonplace in full mouth reconstruction, and the number of these placed can significantly affect the total cost. The entire cost of full mouth implants can easily exceed $30,000. Discussing the total amount of treatment with Dr. Lasry early in the process is essential due to the inherent variability in these complex dental cases.