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Will a Full Mouth Reconstruction Improve My Oral Health?
A full mouth reconstruction is a process that combines multiple restorative, cosmetic and neuromuscular procedures to achieve the goal of restoring the appearance of one’s teeth as well as their structure and function.
How to improve your oral health with a full mouth reconstruction
If a patient has some damage to their teeth, missing teeth, bite problems as well as tooth decay, their dentist may recommend a full mouth reconstruction to fix the various problems because each of these problems affects the other, and fixing one issue without fixing the other can lead to bigger problems.
Patients who are born with conditions such as ectodermal dysplasia, amelogenesis, dentinogenesis imperfecta or oral cancer require extensive restoration of their teeth, which makes them likely candidates for full mouth reconstruction.
What happens during a full mouth reconstruction?
People who feel they need to undergo full mouth reconstruction have to schedule an appointment with their dentist to get their mouth evaluated and determine what the best cause of action is. Some of the factors the dentist considers before recommending a full mouth reconstruction include:
The dentist will examine the patient’s teeth to determine what restorative procedure will be required to fix the problems with the teeth. They will check for cavities, decay, cracks, wear, tooth movement and root canal issues. Some of the restorative treatment options the dentist will use to fix any problem with the teeth include:
- Dental implants
- Dental crowns
The dentist will check the health of the gums to make sure they are healthy. If they are not, some of the treatment options that will be used to treat the gums include scaling and root planing. If the patient has serious gum disease, the dentist will recommend soft tissue or bone grafts to build up the gums and the jaw bone.
Jaw and bite problems
A stable bite is important to one’s oral health because if there is no pain when a person chews their food, there also is not any wear on their teeth caused by their chewing. If a patient has a bad bite, it can lead to damage to the teeth as well as the jaw. When it comes to fixing the bite problem, the dentist will likely recommend using orthodontic treatment.
During the examination, the dentist will go through the patient’s dental record, take X-rays and photographs of the patient’s mouth and make models of their teeth. In some cases, they might refer the patient to specialists in order to develop the right treatment plan for that patient.
Since full mouth reconstruction is used to fix a lot of problems in the mouth, it is recommended that patients get a second opinion before agreeing to the treatment plan and understand the risks and benefits of the treatment option they choose.
The bottom line
A full mouth reconstruction can be used to fix multiple problems people have with their teeth, restoring the appearance and functionality of their teeth. If you have more than one problem with your teeth, schedule an appointment with a dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for a full mouth reconstruction.
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