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Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Sometimes, after years of dental procedures and seeing different practitioners using the newest and most up to date procedures of their time, our mouths can end up looking like a hodgepodge of patch fixes.  When this has become a truth for us, it’s time to consider having full mouth rehabilitation done.  Full mouth rehabilitation includes the removal of old dental work including porcelain veneers, fillings, and crowns to replace them with up to date dental work.  Full mouth rehabilitation is aimed at improving your bite, removing tooth decay, and improving your dental health.

 

Lost Teeth And Dental Implants

Those patients who have lost teeth or have had extensive dentistry in their past often have excellent reasons to desire full mouth rehabilitation.  The combination of dental veneers, extracted teeth, silver fillings, dental crowns and composite fillings can create an unattractive combination that doesn’t fit the ergonomics of the patient’s bite, or the rest of the dental work in their mouth.  

 

Dental Wear And Tear

Another thing addressed by full mouth rehabilitation is the natural wear and tear our teeth suffer.  Throughout our lives, whether due to sickness or stress, we all have times where we clench our jaws or grind our teeth.  This condition, known as bruxism, can lead to severe wear and tear of the teeth over time, wearing down enamel and cracking or chipping teeth.  These conditions, combined with tooth sensitivity, are often excellent reasons to consider having bite reconstruction done.

 

What Types Of Rehabilitation Are There?

There are multiple types of full mouth reconstruction treatments that are aimed at slightly different results.  Additionally, each dentist will have their own process for performing these procedures, so it’s important that you both understand what is possible and what you should expect from your procedure.

 

  • Long-Term Treatment Taking Months Or Years: If your full mouth reconstruction is going to involve the replacement of fillings, crowns, and compromised porcelain veneers, the process could take several months or years.  This is the traditional form of reconstruction.
  • Treatment Over Several Weeks: This process is what is typically meant by full mouth reconstruction, taking a period of weeks to overhaul your mouth and compensate for things like changed bite and individual dental realities.  Every aspect of your oral health should be improved during this procedure, including chewing issues, missing teeth, tooth sensitivity, and decay.  This does not, however, include any form of jaw repositioning and thus your facial profile will remain unaltered.
  • Reconstruction With Jaw And Bite Repositioning: This is the top end treatment for full mouth reconstruction, adding in improvements to the position of your jaw and bite.  Conditions like weak chin, a round face, and some of the elements of aging can be reversed or improved with this treatment.  Even those with otherwise healthy teeth can benefit from this treatment as it improves the look and function of their mouths.

 

If you think you could benefit from full mouth rehabilitation, contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation.  Your oral and dental health will be evaluated, along with the likelihood that you would benefit from this procedure.