Full Mouth Reconstruction commonly refers to the restoration or rebuilding of all one’s teeth in the upper and lower jaw. Full mouth reconstruction does not only apply with one who is completely edentulous (missing all teeth) and in need of full dentures. Full mouth reconstruction will allow the dentist to repair multiple problems in the mouth at one time.
In many cases, the patient may have experienced a traumatic accident and be in need of repairing a chipped tooth, while also simultaneously replacing another tooth that fell out. Since accidents can happen at any time, it is difficult to prepare for the possibility of damaging more than one tooth. Through full mouth reconstruction, the dentist will be able to repair the mouth, while also repairing the appearance and functionality of a patient’s teeth.
If a patient experiences an accident that results in damage to the teeth, seeking an emergency dentist as soon as possible is a necessity. If a patient goes to a normal emergency room after damaging a tooth, the nurse will only be able to triage the wounds but not treat the condition. At Dr. Jeevan V. Ghatnekar, DDS – Irvine Dentist
we will find the best treatment for each individual and recommend options that help to repair the damage.
Patients assume that the only option will be one that merely imitates the appearance of a natural tooth and that the patient will have to practice caution when eating for the rest of his or her life. In reality, we can provide possible treatments such as dental implants, dental bonding, dental crowns, dental veneers, dental bridges and more to help repair the appearance and functionality of the tooth. After a full mouth reconstruction at Dr. Jeevan V. Ghatnekar, DDS – Irvine Dentist
our patients will be able to smile confidently and eat what they like since our repairs are long-lasting and sturdy. There is no need for a patient to live with a cracked or damaged set of teeth.
In other cases, a patient may lose multiple teeth to dental caries (tooth decay), gum disease or other infections. Upon infection, the dentist will do everything in his or her power to prevent the spreading. However, some patients may not visit the dentist at least once every six months and allow the infection to spread. If the infection spreads to the tooth, then there is a possibility that an extraction will be necessary.
When a patient has an infection, a root canal is one option to treat the tooth. A root canal allows the dentist to remove the infected pulp and clean the area. Following a root canal, we will plug up the hole with a dental filling. In the cases where the tooth is removed due to infection, we may recommend a dental implant. The dental implant is a titanium post that bonds with the jaw bone through osseointegration. We will also place a dental crown on top of the implant to create a sturdy and natural-looking tooth.
If the infection has spread to multiple teeth, Dr. Jeevan V. Ghatnekar, DDS – Irvine Dentist
will recommend the best option for treating the infection and repairing one’s teeth.
Patients do not need to worry since we will sit down with each patient and go over all of the details with that specific patient’s procedure. With full mouth reconstruction, each patient will need a treatment that is slightly different than another. By customizing the treatment to each individual, we can help ensure that the patient is completely satisfied with the result. There are multiple reasons as to why a patient may need full mouth reconstruction, including trauma, infection and long-term wear.
If all or most of your teeth have been damaged or decayed, and you are struggling with pain, discomfort, dietary restrictions, and a lack of self-confidence then you required Full mouth reconstruction. This process rebuilds or restores all of the teeth in your upper and lower jaws.
Full mouth reconstruction is needed when oral function and appearance are affected by systemic disease or damage. It is designed to restore your smile, and make eating easier and more comfortable.
A full mouth reconstruction is not a single stage or process. It usually involves series of restorative and cosmetic treatments. It differs from one patient to the next depending on their oral condition.
For some people, proper dental care is not a common part of daily life. When one chooses to not practice proper dental care, the teeth wear down more quickly as a result. Acid from certain foods, types of citrus, beverages, acid reflux, grinding and more are all causes for a patient to lose his or her teeth more quickly.
At Dr. Jeevan V. Ghatnekar, DDS we can monitor the teeth at least once every six months and help patients remain healthy. For patients who experience these issues on a regular basis and have teeth that are wearing down, we can use full mouth reconstruction to address multiple issues.
Planning for Full Mouth Reconstruction:
For a successful Full mouth reconstruction, a dentist need to analyze and understand the symptoms and the underlying causes of patient’s dental issues and then design an appropriate plan. First of all, dentist will evaluate your teeth, gums, and soft tissues. Then he will take x-rays, impressions, intra-oral and extra-oral images and maybe even a Panorex image to decide which procedures are best for your full-mouth reconstruction. Once your dentist has created a unique restoration plan, the full-mouth reconstruction process will likely require many visits to the dentist, and it’s not unreasonable to expect it to take 12 months or more.
Determining Candidacy for Full Mouth Reconstruction:
Patients with extensive damage to their teeth and gums throughout their mouths need to go under full mouth reconstruction process. You are a good candidate for full mouth reconstruction if you are facing some or all of the following oral health issues:
- Worn teeth as a result of long-term exposure to acid from certain foods and beverages.
- Fractured, broken or missing teeth that are a result of an accident, severe decay or trauma.
- Chronic headaches, back pain and muscle tenderness.
- Chronic jaw pain, clicking or popping of the jaw as a result of any accident.
- Swollen, bleeding, and painful gums.
- Badly stained, discolored or loose teeth.
Full Mouth Reconstruction include following treatments:
DENTAL CROWNS & BRIDGES: If your teeth are chipped, cracked or broken then you may need dental crowns or bridges, which are natural-looking dental restorations that cover your damaged tooth (or teeth) securely and protect them from any further damage.
DENTURES: Dentures are worn over the gums in cases where you have too many missing teeth for crowns or bridges. It makes more sense to have dentures, which can provide you with many, or even a full set, of replacements. This restores your smile and helps you regain much of the function you lost.
DENTAL VENEERS: Dental Veneer is a very thin layer made of material which is placed over a tooth to protect tooth’s surface from damage. Dental Veneer is one of the most suitable approaches to change tooth’s color, size, or shape. Veneers look like your natural teeth. It improves the appearance and functionality of your teeth and improves your self-confidence also.
DENTAL IMPLANTS: A dental implant is an artificial tooth root which is placed into your jaw to support a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental Implants are the best solution for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an accident, or some other reason.
Some patients may have concerns over the price of full mouth reconstructions and avoid the necessary treatment. The longer one goes without the necessary treatment, the great the pain and risk. For instance, an adult who loses a tooth and does not seek treatment will allow the jaw to weaken over time. If the jaw weakens enough, then there will not be a way to install a dental implant in the gap.
In other cases, a gap can become infected just as a tooth can; especially if the individual does not keep it clean. The full mouth reconstruction process will take multiple appointments to customize the restoration and then install it. However, it will be worth it since the restoration will give back complete functionality of the teeth. We will be careful and precise during the installation process, making sure that each restoration is complete to perfection.
How do I start my Full Mouth Reconstruction?
If you or a loved one are in need of a full mouth reconstruction for any reason, do not hesitate to call Dr. Jeevan V. Ghatnekar, DDS – Irvine Dentist at 949-552-1380 and schedule an appointment today. Our staff will go over all concerns and questions that you may have before the appointment. Once you arrive for the appointment, we will make sure that you have a complete understanding of the procedure and what happens after. Call and begin a new life with a full set of healthy, natural-appearing and functional teeth.