The term full mouth rehabilitation is used to describe a larger set of dental treatments that are used to rebuild the teeth in the upper and lower jaws. In some cases, this process will also require realignment or reshape the bone structure in your jaw as well.
Dr. Mabry is experienced in the various dental restorations required by a full mouth rehabilitation. For most patients, this will include procedures such as dental bridges, crowns, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and more specialized treatments as well. In some cases, you may also receive consultations with an oral surgeon or another specialist when necessary.
Why is full mouth rehabilitation considered?
Dr. Mabry may recommend a full mouth rehabilitation when a patient needs a number of dental procedures in order to restore or ensure their good oral and dental health. In general, it may be used to correct a combination of issues that may include:
- Teeth that are missing due to trauma or decay
- Teeth that have become cracked, chipped, fractured, or injured in some way
- Acid erosion due to the consumption of acidic foods or beverages, or acid reflux
- Teeth that have become worn down due to conditions such as bruxism (tooth grinding)
- Jaw pain, muscles aches, or recurring headaches that are caused by an incorrect bite or problems in the TMJ
Beginning the Full Mouth Reconstruction Process
Dr. Mabry will begin by performing an examination of your teeth, gums, and bone structure. This will allow him to identify any and all of the dental and oral health issues you may be experiencing. Using this information, he will create a treatment plan to fit your unique situation. In particular, Dr. Mabry will pay close attention to your:
- Teeth – Dr. Mabry will examine your teeth, looking for any issues that may require dental restorations. This may include checking for teeth that need dental crowns, fillings, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, inlays/onlays, or dental implants and bridges. These issues may include tooth decay, tooth abscesses, broken or fractured teeth, unusually worn teeth, and loose teeth.
- Gums – when checking your gums, Dr. Mabry will look for signs of gum disease and periodontal disease. In the early stages, these can be easily treated with simple scaling and root planing. However, advanced and severe cases may require more complicated treatment. This is important because the gums provide the foundation for all dental treatment. If your gums are not healthy, the restorations that are used may fail. In cases where gum loss has occurred, a soft tissue graft may be required.
- Bite issues – having a proper bite is important to your teeth, gums, and bone health. An improper bite can cause unusual wear and tear on your teeth, as well as unusual jaw clenching or teeth grinding. If you do have bite issues, Dr. Mabry may recommend orthodontics, bite reprogramming, or other corrective procedures.
- Aesthetics – finally, Dr. Mabry will take into account the appearance of your smile, including ensuring that your teeth are the correct shape and size. The way your jaw and teeth affect your appearance will be considered when your facial rehabilitation plan is created.
In order to ensure that every aspect of your teeth, jaw, and face, is carefully examined, Dr. Mabry will take impressions, photographs, CT scans, and dental x-rays your mouth. All of these things will be used to create a model of your teeth and bite. Dr. Mabry will show you a contrasting model of what your appearance will look like after your full mouth rehabilitation as well.
Once all of the information has been gathered, Dr. Mabry will create a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs and preferences. If you have any questions, he will be happy to discuss each of the restorations and procedures in your treatment plan.
What Procedures Are Needed for Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
The procedures required for your full mouth rehabilitation will vary depending on your specific dental issues. For most patients, you will need to visit our office several times for restorations and treatments. In most cases, the entire rehabilitation process from consultation to completion can take up to a year. Procedures often included in a full mouth reconstruction are:
- Deep cleaning of the teeth and gums.
- Dental bonding to build up teeth that have become worn in order to provide a healthy, tooth structure to support restorations.
- Oral surgery to reposition the jaw.
- Gum contouring to improve the overall appearance of your smile.
- Removing a small portion of tooth enamel to prepare the teeth for restorations.
- Temporary restorations that will allow you to adjust to the how your new bite and teeth feel.
- Proper placement of your permanent restorations.
- Orthodontics in order to properly align your teeth.
- Dental implants, partials, or bridges to replace missing teeth.
- Soft tissue or bone grafts to improve the stability of your teeth and restorations.