Full mouth rehabilitation improves the appearance of the teeth and has a number of less obvious benefits. Full mouth reconstruction is one of the most comprehensive forms of dental treatment that is currently available and due to its complexity its usually carried out by a Specialist Prosthodontist.
Also known as full mouth rehabilitation or restoration, the process combines all dental specialities to individually reconstruct every damaged tooth in the mouth. This helps to correct a variety of complaints, such as improper bite position and chipped, worn down or broken teeth.
Typically, the treatment involves the application of white fillings, dental bridges, Dental Implants, crowns and veneers to multiple damaged teeth in the mouth. While it requires a huge amount of effort on the part of a team of skilled dental professionals, it is widely considered to be preferable to offering patients removable dental restorations such as dentures.
For instance, studies have shown that people with removable denture solutions are only able to chew at between 10 and 20 per cent of their potential – a problem that would not arise if they opted for a full mouth reconstruction with fixed restorations.
Upper dentures can also cause wearers to lose their appetite, as the layer of acrylic covers the roof of the mouth, taking away any sense of taste from the palate and can become a harbour for oral fungal infections.
Anyone considering a full mouth reconstruction should first consult with one of our experienced dentists at Pearl dental clinic, who will perform a comprehensive examination to see if the treatment is the best course of action.
In particular, the dentist will look at whether or not the teeth show any signs of decay or cavities as well as root canal problems and potential movement.
Periodontal issues – complaints related to the gums – will also be taken into consideration, as people who suffer from these problems are likely to need root planing and scaling and full mouth debridement before full mouth reconstruction is started.
For more intensive treatments a gum specialist opinion may be required in some circumstances, in order to ensure that the newly-reconstructed teeth have a firm foundation and do not move around. Among the possible courses of action that could be taken to prevent this from occurring is the process of grafting soft tissue or bone grafting to build up the jaw bone and gums for dental implants.
Your Pearl dental clinic dentist will also consider aesthetics – namely the colour, shape, size and proportion of the teeth – and whether or not you have a stable bite when deciding if we should proceed with full mouth reconstruction.
During this thorough examination process, detailed records of the mouth – including X-rays, photographs, study models and impressions of the upper and lower teeth – will be taken to ensure that nothing important is missed.
When all the relevant information has been gathered, we will draw up a written treatment plan detailing how we intend to go about correcting all of the mouth-related complaints that you have.
If at any stage you feel that you do not fully understand the procedure, it is important to ask us for more explanations and further description of the work we plan to carry out. We will also provide you with a written consent form that will detail your treatment at length. Not only will this make the treatment – including the associated risks and benefits – easier to comprehend, but it could also prove useful if you decide you would like a second opinion.
The decision on which procedures are required during each full mouth reconstruction ultimately lies with the dentist and any specialists working with them on the case, although other processes may be available.
Among the potential treatments that can be used for full mouth rehabilitation are crown lengthening of the crowns of the teeth to expose a healthy and sound tooth structure, contouring of the gum tissue to bring more balance to a smile and the fitting of invisible braces to ensure the teeth are in the best possible position for restructuring.
Regardless of the course of action that your Pearl dental clinic dentist decides to take, you should bear in mind that any full mouth reconstruction treatment is likely to be a lengthy project involving multiple phases and trips to the practice.
Despite this, anyone who feels the procedure may be beneficial to them should not be put off by the possibility of 3 months or more of treatment, as the advantages will be obvious for all to see come the end of the process.
Once full mouth rehabilitation treatment is complete, those who have opted for reconstruction will typically find the appearance of their teeth is far better, while their functionality and overall comfort should also have greatly improved.
Furthermore, the work could have a number of less obvious health benefits. For instance, the ability to chew more effectively means that food can be more easily digested as it travels through the body, helping you to make the most of your meals’ nutritional elements.
In this way, a healthy mouth can help to enhance the body, allowing patients who have undergone full mouth reconstruction work to gain a new, positive outlook on life.