What is Full mouth rehabilitation?
Full mouth rehabilitation is a highly individualized treatment. The point of a full mouth reconstruction plan is to optimize the health of the entire mouth, including the teeth, the gums, and the bite. In many cases, it is necessary to replace or restore every tooth in the mouth using a combination of dental services.
Teeth can become damaged or fall out for a number of reasons, including disease and trauma. Ideal candidates for full mouth rehabilitation need to be in good general health but have multiple missing or badly damaged teeth. Many full mouth rehabilitation patients also require the replacement of existing dental restorations that have worn over time.
Under the reconstruction process, the dentist will examine the following -
- Teeth : The condition of your teeth will determine what restorative procedures may be needed, such as porcelain veneers or full-coverage crowns, inlays or onlays, bridges or implants restored with a crown.
- Periodontal (gum) tissues : If your gums are not healthy, you will most likely need scaling and root planing to treat periodontal disease.
- Temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles : Occlusal changes need to be taken into consideration when your dentist plans your restorations.
- Esthetics : The color, shape, size and proportion of your teeth, and how they appear in relation to your gums, lips, mouth, side profile and face, are also important factors in full mouth reconstruction.
The following procedures may be involved, depending on your needs -
- Placement of temporary restorations so you can become accustomed to your new teeth and the feel of your new mouth or bite alignment.
- Contouring of the gum tissue to create balance and harmony in your smile.
- Orthodontics (braces) in order to move your teeth into the optimal position for reconstruction.
- Implant placement and restoration to replace missing teeth and/or anchor bridge restorations.