Do You Need a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

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Sometimes, patients have multiple dental problems throughout their mouths that require multiple procedures to address. For example, they may have missing, decayed, cracked, broken, or worn teeth, failed fillings, and/or gum disease. If this sounds familiar, you may need comprehensive treatment to reconstruct or replace all of the teeth in your mouth, with a vision of restoring full function and a beautiful smile. This is called a “full mouth reconstruction,” also known as “full mouth rehabilitation” and “full mouth restoration.”

What does a full mouth reconstruction entail?

A full mouth reconstruction usually involves multiple dental specialists, including general dentists (who perform procedures like crowns, bridges, and veneers) periodontists (gum specialists), orthodontists (tooth position specialists) and endodontists (tooth pulp specialists).

Treatments can include:

  • Restorative dental treatments: This includes dental crowns, bridges, fillings, inlays or onlays
  • Implants: If you have missing teeth, dental implants can help replace them from root to crown
  • Cosmetic treatments: You can improve the appearance of your teeth through dental veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding and gum re-contouring
  • Neuromuscular/TMD treatment: Addressing problems in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can help reduce pain and headaches
  • Teeth grinding treatments: Therapy and fitting you with a night guard can help reduce damage from teeth grinding and clenching at night
  • Orthodontics: Using braces, Invisalign, spacers, expanders, and retainers can position your teeth so they look beautiful and are easy to clean
  • Oral surgery: You may need root canal therapy, soft or hard tissue grafting, and/or tooth extractions
  • Periodontal treatments: If you have gum disease, you may need periodontal surgery

Are you a candidate?

If you have multiple problems in the mouth that affect most or all of your teeth and tissues in the mouth, a full mouth reconstruction may be right for you. You may be a good candidate for full mouth restoration if you have:

  • Missing teeth due to decay or trauma
  • Fractured or broken teeth from injury
  • Severely worn-down teeth due to erosion from foods, beverages, acid reflux, or teeth grinding
  • Jaw, muscle or headache pain related the jawbone

Good candidates are also in good general health and can receive local or general anesthesia. Young patients tend to recover faster from surgery, but there is no age limit on who can get a full mouth reconstruction.

If you have heart problems or an autoimmune disease, you should consult with your dentist before electing to have oral surgery. If you cannot maintain good oral health, are a smoker, or consume alcohol heavily, you may not get lasting results from a full mouth reconstruction.

What are the next steps?

If you think you may need a full mouth restoration, you should see your dentist for a comprehensive exam. The dentist will look at your mouth to determine your needs and possible treatment options.

You can learn more about dental veneers and dental implants from our previous blog posts, and check out our discussion on full mouth restoration with Dr. Mario Bonilla. And if you are interested in speaking with one of our dentists who offer full mouth reconstruction, you can contact them here.

Christie is a UChicago grad currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her free time, she enjoys tap dancing, learning to windsurf, and trying new foods.