There are certain patients who may require full mouth reconstruction from time to time. This type of procedure is also known as full mouth rehabilitation or restoration. It simply describes the process involved with rebuilding all of the teeth in both the patient’s upper and lower jaws. In most instances a restorative dentist will perform a full mouth reconstruction, while dental specialists such as a periodontist, orthodontist or oral surgeon may also be involved in the process . An endodontist may also be called upon to assist with full mouth rehabilitation.
Trauma or Injury
A patient may require full mouth reconstructive surgery and other reconstructive measures as a way to deal with some type of trauma or injury. For example, there are cases where teeth have been lost because of tooth decay or physical trauma. In addition, teeth may have been fractured or injured in some way. Even teeth that have become excessively worn due to long-term acid erosion or excessive tooth grinding may require reconstructive procedures. Many times there are certain types of foods and beverages that can produce excessive acid in the mouth causing the teeth to decay or rot. These are all situations that may result in the need for reconstructive mouth surgery.
Another situation that may require a full reconstructive working of the mouth is when the patient has ongoing jaw or muscle related pain caused by a severe occlusion or improper bite. The actual process involved with full mouth reconstruction starts with a comprehensive and detailed examination by your dental care provider. The dentist will conduct a through examination to determine the extent of the problem and what the best treatment options will be going forward.
Your dental care provider will take into account a number of factors when determining if full mouth rehabilitation is necessary. For example, the overall condition of the teeth will have an impact on the decision-making process. Cracks, multiple root canals, cavities, decay and even porcelain veneers and other reconstructive treatments may have an impact on whether or not reconstructive treatment will be appropriate for the patient . In addition, periodontal gum disease will also be considered. If the gums are not healthy, it is likely that additional procedures such as scaling and root planing may be necessary.
Shape and Color of Teeth
Other factors taken into account are such things as jaw muscle problems and occlusions. Patients who have pain when they chew or bite may require specific types of procedures to deal with these dental problems. Some patients may need specific procedures designed to resolve orthodontic related issues prior to having any type of complete mouth reconstruction performed . Finally, everything from the proportion of the teeth to the size, shape and color of teeth can also have a bearing on whether or not a patient will be a good candidate for full mouth reconstruction. Contact your Campbell dentist, Dr. Vandi today to schedule an appointment in order to learn more about full mouth reconstruction procedures.