Full mouth rehabilitation is sometimes called full mouth reconstruction or restoration. It is a process used to restore a person’s dental health and ability to talk, eat comfortably and smile confidently.
What is the Difference between Full Mouth Rehabilitation and a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover is generally an elective process, so it is something you desire to improve the appearance of your smile but not necessarily your dental health. For example, teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental treatment that can provide fantastic results but will do nothing to improve your dental health.
Full mouth rehabilitation is a process that is needed to restore dental health and get rid of any pain or discomfort. While the treatments used in full mouth rehabilitation can also improve the appearance of teeth, that is not the primary aim of treatment.
Full Mouth rehabilitation can use a combination of treatments and might require the close collaboration of several dental specialists.
A person requiring full mouth rehabilitation could have problems that include:
- Teeth that are missing due to decay, infection or trauma
- Severely damaged teeth
- Teeth that are severely worn, perhaps because of oral habits like teeth grinding and clenching
- Bite problems, where teeth do not meet or occlude together correctly
- Issues affecting their jaw joints (temporomandibular joints)
Which Treatments Can Be Used in Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
Possible treatments for full mouth rehabilitation include root canal therapy for severe tooth infections, crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, fillings and inlays and onlays, and more specialized treatments. These might include periodontal therapy for gum problems, orthodontics for bite problems and dental implants to replace missing teeth. Procedures such as bone and gum grafting are sometimes needed in preparation for dental implants or to help restore dental health.
What to Do If You Think You Need Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
If you have problems eating comfortably and have teeth that are missing or failing, make an appointment for a comprehensive dental examination here at Bel Canto Dental. Please don’t worry if it has been a while since you last saw a dentist. Our friendly staff treats everyone with kindness, respect and compassion.
Our dentist will gently examine your mouth and discuss your concerns, and we may take digital dental x-rays and photos. These diagnostic images will help us to assess your oral health more fully and devise a suitable, step-by-step treatment plan. The diagnostic images are also useful if we need to liaise with other dental professionals.
Once we have completed your treatment plan, we can discuss it with you in detail, taking you through it stage by stage and explaining each proposed treatment thoroughly. Understanding each procedure’s potential risks and benefits is important, so please don’t hesitate to ask questions. You can also get an estimate of the costs involved, but it might not be possible to provide a firm quotation at this stage.
How Long Will Treatment Take to Complete?
The time needed depends on the problems requiring correction and the selected treatments. Some procedures, such as root canal therapy, crowns, bridges and fillings, can be completed relatively quickly. Others, such as dental implants and orthodontics, take longer.
We can explain how the treatment plan will proceed, stage by stage and the estimated time needed once we have devised your custom treatment plan.
Treatment is generally completed in phases and requires multiple dental visits, but the final results are well worth the effort. With the proper aftercare, you should be able to enjoy a healthy, attractive and functional smile for years to come. Get started today.