If you are plagued by multiple oral health issues, you may be in need of full mouth restoration. Often referred to as full mouth reconstruction, this entails rebuilding and restoring most or all of your teeth. Full mouth restorations can repair everything from missing teeth to a crooked smile; what you have done all depends on the issues you have with your mouth.
Before any procedure, you will have a consultation with your dentist. During the consultation, your mouth will be examined to figure out the best plan of action. Your dentist will look at your:
- Teeth: This will determine which restorative procedures are necessary. Procedures may range from veneers, crowns, inlays or onlays, bridges, and implants. If you have any cavities, tooth decay, wear and tear, tooth movement or teeth that are longer or shorter than the rest, these issues will be addressed as well.
- Gums: If your gums are in peril, your dentist will look for signs of periodontal disease. Gum disease should be treated prior to any mouth restoration procedure to ensure that your gums are able to support the improvements to your mouth.
- Jaw and joints: Your dentist will examine your natural bite. If you experience any pain or teeth destruction that stems from chewing or bruxism (grinding), these matters will be dealt with before your mouth restoration occurs. You may need orthodontics to correct a bad bite or it could be as simple as having to wear a mouth guard while you sleep to prevent the outcome of teeth grinding.
- Overall look: Your mouth’s aesthetics play a huge part in full restorations. The shape, size, colour and proportion of your teeth in relation to your gums, lips, mouth and profile, can determine the extent of restorations you will need.
During the examination, your dentist will take x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth to get a feel for your mouth. You may receive a referral for a specialist such as a periodontist, orthodontist or oral surgeon if you require extensive gum and jaw work.
Your dentist will give you a step-by-step plan to help you understand your full mouth procedure. In general, complete mouth restorations comprise multiple procedures that could take a year or more to complete. Every individual’s case is different, which affects timeframe and cost. Some people require multiple surgeries, while others require none and can begin their restoration sooner.