What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Male dental restoration patient in dental chair and dental assistant.
Male dental restoration patient in dental chair and dental assistant.

When you hear “full mouth reconstruction” from your dentist you may think, ‘Wow! That sounds like a long and intense procedure!’ However, a full mouth reconstruction is not a single procedure but a combination of procedures to restore functional health and esthetics.

Also known as full mouth rehabilitation or full mouth restoration, it involves restoring or rebuilding the entire set of teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. Our doctors typically recommend a full restoration for individuals who have extensive dental issues affecting multiple teeth, the jawbone, and the surrounding oral structures. The goal is to restore your ability to maintain a healthy mouth.

Why Would I Need a Full Mouth Restoration?

Conditions that might warrant a full mouth reconstruction or restoration include:

  1. Multiple Missing Teeth: When a patient has lost several teeth, it can affect their ability to chew, speak, and maintain proper oral health. Full mouth reconstruction may involve various tooth replacement options such as dental implants, bridges, or dentures.
  2. Severe Tooth Decay: Extensive tooth decay can lead to the need for multiple restorations. Our dentists may include dental fillings, crowns, or inlays/onlays, to restore the teeth to their proper function and appearance.
  3. Advanced Gum Disease (Periodontitis): Gum disease that has progressed to an advanced stage can result in gum recession, bone loss, and loose teeth. Full mouth reconstruction may involve periodontal treatments to address these issues.
  4. Trauma or Injury: Accidents or injuries that result in extensive damage to multiple teeth and oral structures may require a comprehensive approach to restore the mouth’s functionality and aesthetics.
  5. Malocclusion (Misaligned Bite): A misaligned bite can lead to various issues, including difficulty chewing, jaw pain, and uneven wear on teeth. Our doctors may include orthodontic treatments, such as braces or clear aligners, in a full mouth reconstruction to address these problems.
  6. Worn Teeth: Chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) can cause significant wear on the teeth over time. This can lead to sensitivity and decreased functionality. Our dentists use restorative procedures like dental crowns or veneers to rebuild worn teeth.
  7. Cosmetic Concerns: For individuals with a combination of cosmetic issues like severely discolored, stained, misshaped, or damaged teeth, a full mouth reconstruction can help. Procedures involve aesthetic treatments to improve the appearance of the smile, like veneers, or teeth whitening.

What’s Involved?

A full mouth reconstruction typically requires a combination of different dental specialties. Some of these specialties include general dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics (specialty in gum health), oral surgery, and prosthodontics (specialty in tooth replacement and restoration). The treatment plans at Millennium Family Dental are tailored to each patient’s specific needs. The plan may involve a series of coordinated procedures over a period of time to achieve the desired results. Thankfully, when you visit Millennium Family Dental in Meridian, ID, the doctors perform all of these procedures in one office.

Call Millennium Family Dental

A full mouth reconstruction is a complex and individualized process. If you think you might need restorative procedures, it’s best to consult with one of our dentists at Millennium Family Dental. We assess your oral health and provide you with a personalized treatment plan. Contact Millennium Family Dental for a consultation today.