Full Mouth Reconstruction
We Can Give You a Reason to Smile Again
A full mouth reconstruction is the process of restoring health, function and aesthetics to a patient’s smile through a combination of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. While the appearance of the smile is always a consideration, the goals of a full mouth reconstruction are typically done to correct health and functional concerns.
What can I expect if I undergo a full mouth reconstruction?
At Morgan & Haupt Dentistry, the first step in a full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive evaluation to assess the teeth, gums, jaw joints and muscles, looking for signs of instability and decay. Next, we use the latest technology to take high-definition digital images, diagnostic x-rays and impressions to create a customized treatment plan for you. As your dentist develops a surgical approach to your full mouth reconstruction, your entire facial appearance is taken into consideration in order to create an ideal smile that looks and feels natural.
What is involved in the actual full mouth reconstruction procedure?
A full mouth reconstruction usually includes several different dental procedures including:
- Dental Crowns
- Teeth Whitening
- Dental Implants
- Composite Bonding (Dental Fillings)
- Root Canal
What types of patients would benefit from a full mouth reconstruction?
Patients with Missing Teeth
Missing teeth make it difficult to chew and speak and the gaps they leave can cause neighboring teeth to shift or move out of place. Additionally, the bone begins to disintegrate once a tooth is lost and the exposed gum is susceptible to disease and decay. Your dentist may recommend Dental Crowns, Dental Bridges or Dentures.
Patients with Broken or Chipped Teeth
Teeth can break from accidents or simply by wearing down. Worn-down teeth sometimes create an underlying instability that needs to be addressed to ensure any dental work will be long lasting. Minor chips can be corrected with Dental Fillings (composite bonding, inlays or onlays). Larger chips and broken teeth benefit from veneers or dental crowns. Sometimes complete removal is indicated and replaced by a dental implant.
Patients with Eroded Teeth
Teeth can become eroded and stained by tobacco use, medication, trauma and age. The enamel on our teeth is very sensitive and once it is lost, it cannot be replaced. In severe cases, Veneers or Dental Crowns may be used to cover the teeth and restore their beauty and function. These types of restorations also serve to protect the natural teeth from further damage.
Patients with Misaligned or Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth can be a source of embarrassment, and can also create dental health issues, such as difficulty chewing, speaking and your ability to brush out food particles (which can lead to decay and gum disease). Extractions may be necessary, and your dentist may recommend our advanced orthodontic option, Invisalign®, to help straighten your teeth without traditional braces. Once the alignment is correct, Dental Crowns or Veneers may be applied for symmetry and a perfect smile.
Patients with TMJ Disorders
Temporomandibular (TMJ) Disorders affect millions of adults and is characterized by chronic pain in the jaw, a clicking or popping in the jaw joints, frequent headaches and teeth grinding. TMJ disorders may be a result of an imbalanced occlusion (bite). Your dentist can evaluate your bite to determine if an adjustment needs to be made. Treatment for TMJ includes splint therapy, mouth guards, changes in the shape, length or placement of teeth, or in some cases, additional surgical procedures.