The term “Full mouth restoration” refers to the process of restoring or rebuilding teeth in both the upper and lower jaws simultaneously. Conditions that could benefit from full-mouth restoration or reconstruction include lost teeth due to trauma or decay, fractured or injured teeth, and severely worn out teeth. This series of treatments may also help a patient who often complains of headaches, jaw and muscle pain due to the positioning of the teeth.
The reconstruction process typically involves cosmetic dentists who specialize in veneers, bridges, and crowns. Sometimes, the expertise of periodontists, orthodontists, endodontists, and oral surgeons may also be needed.
The Full Mouth Restoration Process
A full mouth restoration addresses issues related to the teeth, gums, temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles, and also the aesthetics.
So before restoring the teeth, the dentist will address gum issues such as deep pockets, bone density, gum tissue irregularities, and gum disease. Unhealthy portions of gum and jawbone can be treated with soft tissue or bone grafts to ensure that the reconstructed teeth have a solid foundation. Another area that should receive particular attention is the stability of the bite. The dentist has to make restoration plans that consider changes on occlusion or how the maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) teeth approach each other.
The dentist will then check for cavities, decay, cracks, root canal issues, short or long teeth, and tooth wear or movement to determine the restorative process each tooth may need. We may recommend that the patient get porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays, bridges, or implants to restore damaged or missing teeth. By the end of the restoration process, the patient should have teeth that are of the right shape, size, colour, and proportion, and these aspects should visually complement his or her gums, lips, face, and profile.