If you feel awkward about your less than appealing smile, and find yourself consciously or sub-consciously hiding it with your hand, a full mouth reconstruction may be what you need. This is recommended for patients who are missing one or more teeth, suffer from badly decayed teeth and bite problems, all of which hinder their facial and smile aesthetics. Basically, nothing less than a complete reconstruction is necessary to give you the confident, new smile that you’ve always wanted.
If that sounds like you, fret not. First of all, many adults suffer from these dental problems so you are not alone. What you may require is a multi-phase and -procedural treatment that combines elements of cosmetic dentistry with neuromuscular dentistry, which essentially is what a full mouth reconstruction is about. When your teeth are out of alignment, the lack of a proper bite can seriously impair your chewing functions. At the same time, it can wear down your teeth and put excessive strain on your jaw joints and muscles.
Patients with one or more missing teeth, extremely worn, broken, or decayed teeth may experience problems in both the bite and their facial & smile aesthetics. If your teeth are out of ideal alignment, they can cause bite problem, and without a proper bite chewing can become impaired, teeth can become severely worn down and strain (pain) can occur on the jaw joints and muscles. A full mouth reconstruction can be used to restore multiple teeth (in the front and back of your oral cavity), it is also designed to repair damaged teeth, correct your irregular bite and even treat problems with gum tissue and bone structure.
The full mouth reconstruction is typically performed by a team of dental professionals, including both general dentists and specialists in individual dental fields like periodontics, orthodontics and endodontics. In short, the dental team is able to deal with problems concerning multiple aspects of your mouth and facial function as well as beauty.
Depending on the condition of your teeth, a host of restorative procedures may also be employed, including porcelain veneers, inlays/onlays, crowns & bridges as well as dental implants.
For instance, the condition of your teeth will determine what restorative procedures are needed for your specific case, such as inlays or onlays, porcelain veneers or full-coverage crowns, and bridges or dental implants. When it comes to teeth alignment problems, orthodontic braces or modern alternatives like Invisalign will be recommended to deal with the issues. To treat your periodontal problems such as gum disease, procedures like root planing and scaling may be prescribed.
Likewise, if your jaw is not aligned and your bite gums are not healthy, root planing and scaling will most likely be required to treat your periodontal disease.
Here is a list of treatment procedures that may be included under the extensive banner of a full mouth reconstruction. A FMC involves one or more of the following treatments:
- New fillings or crowns
- Prophylactic teeth cleaning
- Periodontal therapy
- Gum surgery procedures
- TMJ therapy
- Sleep apnoea treatment
- Orthodontic procedures (dental braces)
- Crown lengthening
- Replacement of amalgam fillings
- Oral surgery procedures
- Crowns, veneers, porcelain inlays/onlays or bridges
- Neuromuscular dentistry
- Dental Implants
- Dental bonding
- Tooth/gum tissue contouring