Full Mouth Reconstruction
Dental procedures not only involve working on single tooth or a set of teeth, but they also deal with long term procedures like full mouth reconstruction. Full mouth reconstruction is extensive restoration of the entire mouth with crowns, bridges and/or implants to restore natural function of the teeth. All the teeth of the upper and lower jaw (i.e. maxillary and mandibular jaws) are simultaneously rebuilt and restored.
This is called a full mouth rehabilitation or full mouth restoration. It usually involves more than one dental specialist and requires the work of oral surgeons, periodontists (specializing in the gums), endodontists (specializing in the tooth pulp) and orthodontists (specializing in tooth movements and positions).
Here are some reasons where a full mouth reconstruction is recommended:
- Teeth that have been lost due to periodic decay or trauma.
- Teeth that have been fractured or injured.
- Teeth that have been eroded by long time acid attack via foods like beverages and acid reflux.
- Complaints regarding mouth ache, headache and muscle pain.
What Is Involved
- Teeth: The condition of your teeth when tested by Dr. Chaves will determine the way full mouth reconstruction is to be done. Caries, decays, tooth discoloration and similar defects help Dr. Chaves to decide the restoration procedures required by the patient – full-cover crowns, bridges, implants and inlays for example.
- Periodontal tissues: Scaling and root canalling are done before a periodontist does their procedures so that the fixed teeth can have a strong base for the future.
- Temporomandibular joint: After fixing the teeth and creating a stable foundation, a stable bite is required so that there is no pain in mastication and chewing. For this, the occlusal surfaces will need to be examined and worked on.
- Esthetics: This is the procedure to give the proper shape, size, color and proportion of your teeth in relation to your gums, lips, side profile and face.
- Prophylactic teeth cleaning and periodontal care
- Orthognathic surgery.
- Crown lengthening depending on the size of face of the patient
- Implants and bridges.
- Orthodontic braces for optimal position for reconstruction.
- Countering of gums and tissues to ensure healthy smile.
- Bone graft in order to have a good foundation.
Sunset Center for Dental Excellence
9201 Sunset Blvd. # 609
West Hollywood, CA 90069