Full mouth reconstruction, rehabilitation and restoration are terms often used interchangeably to describe the process of rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.
Full mouth reconstruction typically involves general or restorative dentists (performing procedures like crowns, bridges and veneers), and can incorporate dental specialists like periodontists (specializing in the gums), oral surgeons, orthodontists (specializing in tooth movements and positions) and endodontists (specializing in the tooth pulp).
The need for full mouth reconstruction may result from:
- Teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma.
- Teeth that have been injured or fractured.
- Teeth that have become severely worn as a result of long-term acid erosion (foods, beverages, acid reflux) or tooth grinding.
Each treatment plan for a full mouth reconstruction will vary. It will depend on the patient’s teeth. It is essential to follow the dentist’s instructions. Here are some of the most common procedures.
It is common for patients undergoing a full mouth reconstruction to receive one or more dental implants. These implants are surgically placed in the jawbone. Patients receiving dental implants will usually need to take at least a day or two off work. The bone of the jaw will gradually grow around the implant and this process can take three to six months.
Sometimes, decayed or worn teeth will need to be extracted so they do not continue to decay. Recovery from a tooth extraction will generally take around seven to 10 days, depending on the patient’s health and the location of the extracted tooth. Avoiding strenuous activity and not rinsing the mouth can help keep the blood clot in place and promote healing.
After getting dentures, a patient’s mouth will need time to adjust to the new dentures. This procedure may take several weeks. Often, the dentures will need to be adjusted as the patient’s mouth adjusts to them.
Crowns or bridges
If the teeth are decayed or otherwise damaged, the patient may need crowns or bridges. This may reason some discomfort for the patient at first. However, pain relievers can help manage the pain. Generally, the pain will subside within a day or two.
After the full mouth reconstruction treatment plan has been designed, the dentist will provide the patient with specific instructions to follow to allow for quick healing. It is essential for patients to follow these instructions for great results from the full mouth reconstruction. This will help patients avoid excessive pain.
After treatments that involve oral surgery, such as tooth extraction or a dental implant, patients will need to avoid physical activity for a few days. Planning ahead of time to take off enough time from work will help ease recovery. It can also be helpful to have a plan in place to ensure that housework and other necessary work will be taken care of. This will allow the patient to rest.
Recovery time from a mouth reconstruction can vary. However, it is essential to follow all instructions from your dentist during recovery. Using ice can help reduce recovery time. While recovering from a full mouth reconstruction may not be the most fun, your beautiful smile will be worth it.