Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction refers to the process of completely restoring all, or nearly all, of the teeth in a patient’s mouth.  The following conditions may be indications for full mouth reconstruction:

  • Multiple missing teeth
  • Multiple severely damaged teeth due to dental caries (decay)
  • Multiple loose teeth due to periodontal (gum) disease
  • Tooth migration due to periodontal disease, with abnormal changes in the bite
  • Severe tooth wear due to abrasion (tooth-to-tooth contact) or erosion (chemical), often with abnormal changes in the bite

Procedures Involved in Full Mouth Reconstruction

Every patient’s needs are different. Usually, full mouth reconstruction requires multiple office visits, referral to other dental specialists, and provisional (temporary) dental restorations.  These temporary restorations are made from an acrylic material, and may serve as prototypes for the “definitive” restorations.  The definitive restorations are comprised of some combination of dental crowns, fixed bridges, and restorations on dental implants.  At our practice, we work with an experienced team of dental specialists who can provide the inter-disciplinary treatment that is often required before the definitive restorations can be placed.  This inter-disciplinary treatment may include endodontics (root canal therapy), periodontics (gum surgery), orthodontics, and oral surgery.

Some examples of inter-disciplinary treatment include:

  • Crown lengthening to increase the tooth structure available for crowns or bridges
  • Surgery to reposition the jaw (orthognathic surgery)
  • Contouring of the gum tissue
  • Reduction of natural tooth structure to prepare for crowns, bridges, and veneers
  • Braces to move teeth into the ideal position for reconstruction
  • Bone or soft tissue grafting to increase the stability of your teeth or implants