Do I Need Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Submitted by San Francisco Aesthetic Dentistry on September 20, 2017 - 9:00 am
Full mouth reconstruction is the process of rebuilding or replacing all or most of the teeth in the upper and lower jaws. The treatment plan typically includes a combination of restorative and general dentistry services.
In this post, Dr. Samir Ayoub, a talented and compassionate restorative dentist in San Francisco, explains who might benefit from full mouth reconstruction.
Candidates for Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction may be appropriate for individuals that have any combination of the following:
- multiple missing teeth
- teeth that are structurally compromised or failing
- teeth that are badly worn from chronic grinding or clenching
- cracked or broken teeth
- teeth with large fillings or significant decay
- badly positioned or aligned teeth
- crooked or crowded teeth
There are many reasons why someone may struggle with the problems described. One of the biggest reasons is poor oral hygiene, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease. The aging process can cause some teeth to fail or fall out. Other people develop oral cancer that destroys their teeth, gums and other structures of the oral cavity. And certain people are born with congenital conditions requiring extensive dental restorations.
What Does Full Mouth Reconstruction Involve?
As Dr. Ayoub mentioned, full mouth reconstruction typically involves combining two or more restorative or general dentistry services. These can include any combination of the following:
- placement of dental implants to replace the entire tooth (root included)
- placement of dental crowns to recreate the entire exterior of a tooth
- placement of dental bridgework to close the gap left by a missing tooth
- placement of dental fillings to restore teeth that have large areas of decay
- fitting and placement of partial or complete dentures to recreate the appearance of an entire set of upper or lower teeth
- orthodontic therapy to shift teeth into the proper position and alignment
- jaw surgery to correct a bad bite
- fitting and placement of an orthotic-like device for a bad bite
Though full mouth reconstruction is usually a complex process, having a complete set of beautiful, functional teeth is extremely rewarding. Smiling, speaking and chewing are much easier with healthy teeth.
Contact San Francisco Aesthetic Dentistry Today
To learn more about full mouth reconstruction and how it can improve your smile and oral health, please call (415) 781-2227or send us an email today.