What is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is the process of replacing all the teeth in your mouth, or many at a time on both the upper and lower rows. There can be many reasons that people will have full mouth reconstruction.
Reasons for Full Mouth Reconstruction include:
- Poor oral health
- Many lost teeth due to poor health or trauma
- Fractured or cracked teeth
- Teeth that are eroded from teeth grinding
- Occlusion therapy – having to makeover the mouth to relieve jaw pain
Full mouth reconstruction can involve many cosmetic dentistry services, as well as oral surgery and laser surgery. What procedures are done all depends on the patient and the extent of damage to the teeth or mouth.
What procedures are done during Full Mouth Reconstruction?
There are a wide range of procedures included when it comes to mouth restoration or rehabilitation. Many of the most popular services at Dr. Barney’s office include:
- Crown Lengthening – This procedure involves lengthening the top part of the tooth – the crown – to expose healthier tooth, or decrease the amount of gum showing when smiling. It can involve placing dental crowns over the area to protect it and make it appear more appealing.
- Jaw Repositioning: This procedure is most often done for people suffering from painful symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint problems, or TMJ. It involves using special device called a TENS to relax the jaw into a more comfortable position.
- Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a sort of covering for your teeth. Made of porcelain, they give a natural and clean look, and if your teeth are generally healthy, but discolored or cracked, they are a great alternative to implants.
- Dental Implants: Sometimes all teeth may need to be replaced, or just a few. Implants are a great alternative to dentures, putting individual false teeth into the supportive tooth tissue in the jawbone, to actually replace teeth permanently.
Full mouth reconstruction isn’t only for cosmetic reasons. Having missing or broken teeth, jaw problems and / or gum problems can make life very difficult for many people. That’s why it is important to distinguish full mouth reconstructive procedures from the well-known ‘smile makeover’. Although Dr. Barney also offers smile makeovers to his patients and they involve many of the same procedures, they are purely cosmetic. Full mouth restoration is the term used when the surgeries and procedures are necessary due to poor oral health or trauma. This distinction is important to make, especially for insurance reasons.
How do I know if I qualify for a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
As stated above, it is a procedure that is done on patients who need to have it done to improve their lives, rather than patients wanting to have it done for appearances. When you have been through a trauma or accident, or have been experiencing excessive tooth loss or cracking due to periodontal disease, you will qualify for the reconstruction. The best way to know is to book an appointment with Dr. Barney to discuss your motivations for wanting the procedure.
Is there a timeframe I need to have the procedure done in after my trauma happens, or after damage appears?
There is absolutely no time frame for how long you must wait. However, if you want to return to your best quality of life afterwards, it is always best to get it done as soon as you can, even though at times it can seem daunting. Dr. Barney’s office utilizes the latest in laser and neuromuscular technology to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in learning more about full mouth reconstruction, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (304) 754-8803 to schedule a consultation at our office in Hedgesville, WV.