A full-mouth reconstruction is a challenging treatment modality that corrects imperfections in bite position and enhances the appearance of the smile. The entire dentition is rehabilitated during a full-mouth reconstruction. The restorative dentist needs to thoroughly understand every aspect of the dentition, its relationship to the temporo-mandibular joints, and the functional interactions of the masticatory muscles. Age, illness, or accidents can sometimes lead to extreme tooth loss. When a patient experiences the loss of several teeth, your dentist may recommend a full-mouth rehabilitation to correct the problem.
Full-mouth rehabilitation (or sometimes called reconstruction or rejuvenation) is the individual recreation of each tooth in a mouth. Full-mouth reconstruction is needed when the teeth are worn down, broken or missing, causing problems in both the bite and appearance of the mouth. The Medical Center Dental Group can totally rejuvenate your mouth, creating a healthy, beautiful smile in as few as two visits. This process is so successful that others cannot distinguish the real teeth from the restored teeth.
Who is a Candidate?
If you answer ‘yes’ to one or more of the following statements, you are more likely a candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction
- I have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome
- I experience frequent headaches or migraines
- I have unexplained congestion or stuffiness in my ears
- I have facial, neck, shoulder and/or back pain
- There are clicking or grating sounds in my jaw joints
- I experience limited jaw movement or have locking jaw
- I have unexplained loose teeth
- My teeth are chipped, cracked or extremely worn dentition
- I have pain in my teeth that seems to move around
- My dental restorations frequently crack, chip or break
- I have pain or soreness around my jaw joints
- I have unexplained numbness in my fingers and arms
- I have vertigo
Full mouth rehabilitation is the best option so that you do not have to settle for the natural course of aging your mouth has taken. You can eat without getting pangs of discomfort from hot or cold food, you can start your day without soreness in your jaw, and you can complete tasks without having to fight recurring headaches. It is typically performed on people with severely worn teeth or TMJ problems.
A full-mouth reconstruction approaches the oral cavity truly holistically. Factors such as “vertical dimension,” “centric relation,” “speech,” “muscle tone “and” equilibrated bite” are essential elements of a full-mouth reconstruction. Combining the science of Neuromuscular Dentistry with the artistry of Cosmetic Dentistry, Full Mouth Rehabilitation creates a smile that is functional, comfortable and beautiful. The jaw position is corrected with the use of an orthotic (a virtually invisible appliance that fits over the top of the lower teeth, gently repositioning the jaw) or the application of dental restorations, including porcelain veneers, crowns or onlays. As an added benefit, the restorations are exceptionally attractive and strong, enhancing the smile beautifully.
In order to achieve the desired result one needs to wear the orthotic for several weeks or may be for several months. The Jaw starts dropping naturally. It eventually takes the most comfortable position much to the relief of patient. It now is the time that the doctor can begin the further process of restoring the bite. He will then make the choice of appropriate and beautiful porcelain dental restorations. The aim is to either raise or lower the bite, as the case may be, to best arrive at the jaw position that is optimally comfortable. With this correction, patients experience decreased or eliminated pain and discomfort, and better overall health. Once a patient sincerely commits to the use of an orthotic, the results so achieved are not easy to reverse.
If the patient takes the decision to abandon the treatment and remove the orthotic mid way and/or disallowing the full mouth restoration, it is not going to help his cause at all. The patient is sure to experience discomfort. His muscles are more like to start moving back fast only to stop at their previous position. All his TMJ symptoms will return to the same irritants he experienced when the orthotic were placed.
The first task in formulating a plan is developing a relationship. It is important that your comforts, anxieties, expected goals and budget issues are dealt with at the beginning. Full-mouth reconstruction does not necessarily mean surgery. It can be a non-surgical, comprehensive approach to getting the upper and lower jaws in proper alignment by removing all decay, repairing all chipped, weakened, and broken teeth, placing veneers, crowns and bridges in the patients’ mouth. Ultimately, a healthy, attractive smile is created that will last for years.
Dentures or Implants:
Previously, dentures were the solution to address several lost teeth; however modern technology and dental advancements offer the option of a full mouth rehabilitation using dental implants. Implants offer many advantages over dentures. When a patient has limited funds and cannot afford ideal restoration, complete dentures can restore a smile and good looks. Even with unlimited funds, the remaining teeth may not be restorable and must be removed. This can occur with severe periodontal (gum) disease or extensive tooth decay.
Following is a comparative list of the disadvantages of dentures versus the advantages of a full-mouth rehab procedure that is achieved using dental implants.
Disadvantages of Dentures
- Cause pain, sore spots, and denture breath
- Require relining as bone melts away
- Require adhesives
- Cause an inability to eat certain foods
- Compromise integrity of facial structures
- Accelerate visible aging
- Unattractive changes in facial appearance
- Embarrassment when denture moves or falls out
Benefits of Implant-supported Tooth Replacement
- Increases comfort
- Restores natural biting and chewing capacity
- Virtually stops bone loss/deterioration
- Maintains integrity of facial structure
- Improves facial appearance, restoring lost lip support and minimizing wrinkles