Full Mouth Reconstruction
for Complete Restoration
Patients who are missing all or the majority of their teeth, or who have significant oral health issues may be good candidates for a full mouth reconstruction, a process that involves the rebuilding and restoring of the teeth in the lower and upper jaws. Full mouth reconstruction can include a range of procedures, but typically includes restorative dentistry (such as veneers, bridges, crowns), and may include periodontal therapy to treat gum disease, oral surgery (implants such as All-on-4), treatment of the tooth pulp, and/or orthodontics that are designed to correct the position and movement of your teeth.
Patients who meet the following criteria may be good candidates for full mouth reconstruction:
- Teeth are missing due to trauma or decay
- Teeth are fractured or injured
- Teeth are worn due to tooth grinding or erosion
- Significant occlusion issues (malocclusion) resulting in persistent jaw, headache, or muscle pain
To ensure that you have a clear understanding of what is involved in the full mouth reconstruction process and/or to determine if full mouth reconstruction is right for you, please refer to the information provided below. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.
Procedures Involved in Full Mouth Reconstruction
Every patient will have a slightly different experience with the full mouth reconstruction process that will be informed by the severity of your case and your unique needs, as well as what procedure(s) are required. The following procedures may be part of your full mouth reconstruction plan:
- Deep teeth cleaning (scaling and root planing) and general periodontal care
- Crown lengthening to expose more of the tooth in preparation of a bridge or crowns
- Repositioning of the jaw using orthognathic surgery
- Gum contouring to improve the ratio of gums to teeth and create a more balanced looking smile
- Tooth structure preparation prior to placement of veneers, bridges, or crowns
- Temporary restoration placement to be worn to help you acclimate to your new bite
- Permanent restoration placement, such as bridges, inlays/onlays, bridges, or crowns
- Placement of implants (implant supported dentures, All-on-4 Dental Implants, etc.) to anchor bridge restorations and/or replace missing teeth
- Orthodontics designed to strategically move your teeth in a manner that will optimize the reconstruction
- Bone/soft tissue graft to support restorations and/or implants
As you begin the full mouth reconstruction process, it is important to understand that having this will be a multi-phase, lengthy process requiring numerous visits to the office. Treatment time will vary, but for certain cases, the entire process may take over one year to complete. If you have any questions or concerns about the steps involved in the full mouth reconstruction process, discuss these with your dentist.
Aftercare for Full Mouth Reconstruction
The recovery process following full mouth reconstruction will be slightly different for every patient, and determined by the severity of your case, what procedures you have performed, and your rate of healing. Following full mouth reconstruction, you will need to follow a soft food diet to avoid putting pressure on your teeth and jawbone, slowly reintroducing harder foods over time. Recovery time will be different for every patient, but many patients are able to return to a normal diet within six weeks of the procedure. During this recovery period, it is also common to experience bleeding, which can typically be stopped using gauze pads. Swelling and mild discomfort are also common, but can generally be managed with ice packs and over-the- counter pain relieving medication, or in some cases prescription medication, which should be taken as directed.
Once you have fully healed, it will not be necessary to continue any post-procedural modified self-care, although it is important to consistently follow good oral hygiene practices. In addition to brushing and flossing twice daily (at a minimum), be mindful of the types of food and beverages you consume, and avoid foods or substances that can negatively impact your oral health (chewing tobacco, staining foods, sugary drinks). It is equally important to schedule regular dental cleanings every six months, or more frequently, depending upon your unique oral health needs. If you follow these general guidelines, you will maximize the longevity of your implants and enjoy a healthy smile for many years to come!
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Cost & Dental Insurance
The cost of full mouth reconstruction will depend upon what procedures are performed, the length of each procedure, what materials are used, and what insurance coverage from your dental plan can be applied. It is important to be aware that you are fully responsible for all fees of treatment, and payment is due at the time of service, regardless of your insurance coverage. Monthly payment plans can be arranged, but this will need to be accomplished prior to the procedure being performed. Although we will not have a contractual arrangement with your provider, our staff is happy to assist with processing your insurance claim to ensure that you maximize your benefits and receive the high-quality care you need and deserve. For your convenience, we accept Mastercard, Visa and Discover.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Scheduling an appointment to be evaluated for full mouth reconstruction is the first and most important step towards restored functionality, improved aesthetic appearance, and the return of a natural feeling bite. At Kingwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to creating an environment where open dialogue is encouraged, so we can ensure you have a thorough understanding of the procedure being performed, and confidence that you are receiving high-quality specialized care designed to meet your unique needs.
To learn more about full mouth reconstruction, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office, which is located at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.
We look forward to hearing from you, and are committed to providing you with exceptional quality dental care that is grounded in a deep sense of respect!