We all know that feeling good about yourself makes you feel confident. And when it comes to one’s appearance, teeth play a huge role. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with a beautiful smile. The good news is that the science of modern dentistry has developed procedures and treatments to improve the appearance, as well as the structure of your teeth.
Dental procedures not only involve working on single tooth or several teeth, but they also refer to long term procedures like full mouth rehabilitation. Full mouth rehabilitation, or reconstruction, is an extensive restoration of the entire mouth utilizing crowns, veneers, implants, bridges and more to restore the natural function of your teeth and smile.
All the teeth of the upper and lower jaw are simultaneously reconstructed and restored. This set of procedures, referred to as a full mouth rehabilitation or full mouth restoration, is the ideal way to restore overall dental wellness.
Here are some reasons why a full mouth reconstruction may be recommended:
- Missing teeth that have been lost due to periodic decay or trauma.
- Periodontal disease that has resulted in tooth loss.
- Teeth that have been fractured or injured.
- Teeth that have been shortened due to teeth grinding while you sleep.
- Teeth that have been eroded due to acid attacks over a long period of time by foods, beverages and/or acid reflux.
- Patient complaints regarding mouth-ache, headache and muscle pain.
What is involved in a full mouth reconstruction in a nutshell?
- Full Mouth Examination: The condition of your teeth when analyzed properly by a qualified cosmetic dentist, will determine the direction of a full mouth reconstruction will take. Cavities, decay, tooth discoloration and similar problems help to decide which restoration procedures will be required by the patient including, but not limited to full-cover crowns, veneers, 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 associated with biting and chewing. For this, the occlusal surfaces (the surface of the tooth that is used for chewing or grinding) will need to be examined and repaired.
- Aesthetics: This refers to the procedures that provide the proper shape, size, color and proportion of your teeth in relation to your gums, lips, profile and face.
- Prophylactic teeth cleaning.
- Periodontal care.
- Crown lengthening in proportion to the size of face of the patient. (Sometimes necessary or desirable when a patient has shortened the length of his or her teeth due to grinding over a long period of time).
- Implants and bridges.
- Orthodontic braces for optimal position for reconstruction.
- Contouring of gums and tissues to ensure healthy smile.
- Bone graft in order to have a good foundation.
What procedures are commonly included in the Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
The procedures required for your full mouth rehabilitation will vary depending on your specific dental issues. For most patients, you will need to visit the office several times for restorations and treatments. In most cases, when done properly, the entire rehabilitation process from consultation to completion can take up to a year. Procedures often included in a full mouth reconstruction are:
- Deep cleaning of the teeth and gums.
- Dental bonding to build up teeth that have become worn in order to provide a healthy, tooth structure to support restorations.
- Gum contouring to improve the overall appearance of your smile.
- Removing a small portion of tooth enamel to prepare the teeth for restorations.
- Temporary restorations that will allow you to adjust to the how your new bite and teeth feel.
- Proper placement of your permanent restorations.
- Orthodontics in order to properly align your teeth.
- Dental implants, partials, or bridges to replace missing teeth.
- Soft tissue or bone grafts to improve the stability of your teeth and restorations.
How do I get started?
In Juno Beach and for patients in the surrounding areas of Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, and Northern Palm Beach County in general, Dr. Patrick Smith DDS will want to ensure that every aspect of your teeth, jaw, and face, is carefully examined. Dr. Smith will take impressions, photographs, possibly CT scans, and dental x-rays of your mouth. All of these tools will be used to create a model of your teeth and your bite. Dr. Smith will also show you a contrasting model of what your appearance will look like after your full mouth rehabilitation as well.
Once all of the information has been gathered, Dr. Smith will create a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs and preferences. If you have any questions, he will gladly discuss each of the restorations and procedures in your rehabilitation treatment plan.
Keeping your oral health a top priority can be a challenge. However, your overall health and wellness are closely tied to your dental health, so it is important that you keep up with good care practices at home each and every day.
If you need cosmetic dental care services in the Juno Beach and surrounding Northern Palm Beach County areas, then give us a call at
(561) 694-9000. We will show you why we are leaders in the cosmetic dental industry. We do smile makeovers right the first time, every time!
Contact us today to set up your consultation appointment with our dental team and discover for yourself how a new smile can dramatically change your life and your future!