Candidates for ReconstructionYou might be a good candidate for the reconstruction of your whole mouth if you have lost several teeth, and/or have teeth that have been damaged (due to erosion or wear from bruxism).
You may also be suffering from severe jaw pain, or temporomandibular disorder. However, to be considered for the treatment, a whole mouth exam must first be done that includes the following:
|•||Looking at your teeth. Your dentist will check your teeth for decay and damage, anything that might require fillings or other restorative work.|
|•||Checking your gums. Your gums will be examined for signs of periodontal disease. This issue must be treated for reconstruction to be successful.|
|•||The condition of your jaw. Pain in the jaw, known as temporomandibular disorder, must be addressed. It can be due to misalignment, which, untreated, only continues to cause problems.|
|•||General looks. Your dentist will examine the general appearance of your mouth as well, looking at the shape and color of your teeth as well as your profile. During your exam, your dentist will take pictures, impressions and X-rays to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.|
Types of Procedures
There are many types of procedures involved in a full mouth reconstruction, but your specific needs will dictate the ones your dentist chooses. Procedures include:
|•||Crowns, bridges, veneers, fillings or bonding.|
|•||Contouring gum tissue.|
|•||Surgery to reposition the jaw.|
|•||Grafts of bone or soft tissue.|
Depending upon the procedures you require, you may need to make several visits to the dentist. For example, restorations such as crowns or veneers use a temporary device until your permanent one is made. Implants require several visits while you heal, until your permanent prosthesis is complete.
If you are considering a full mouth reconstruction, or are wondering if it is right for you, contact our office and schedule an appointment for your comprehensive exam.