Full Mouth Restoration
Full mouth restoration/reconstruction is the process of rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.
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.
- Ongoing complaints of jaw, muscle and headache pain requiring adjustments to the bite (occlusion).
If you think you need full mouth restoration or reconstruction, Dr. Vita will provide a comprehensive examination to determine the extent of the problem and the treatment options that can be used to correct it. He will examine the condition of your:
- Teeth: The condition of your teeth will determine what restorative procedures may be needed, such as porcelain veneers or full-coverage crowns, inlays or onlays, bridges or implants restored with a crown.
- Periodontal (gum) tissues: If your gums are not healthy, you will most likely need scaling and root planing to treat periodontal disease. You may require more intensive treatments to ensure that your newly reconstructed teeth will have a solid foundation.
- Temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles and occlusion: A stable bite - one in which you are not in pain when you close your mouth or chew and one that does not cause wear or destruction of your teeth - is important to your overall oral health. Occlusal changes need to be taken into consideration when your dentist plans your restorations. In fact, you may require orthodontics or some other type of treatment to correct occlusion before additional restorative procedures can be performed.
- Esthetics: The color, shape, size and proportion of your teeth, and how they appear in relation to your gums, lips, mouth, side profile and face, are also important factors in full mouth reconstruction treatment.
Once Dr. Vita compiles all information relevant to your case, he will develop a comprehensive, step-by-step treatment plan to correct all of the problems in your mouth and complete your full mouth reconstruction. Be sure you understand the risks and benefits of the recommended procedures and treatments.