Full mouth restoration refers to rebuilding and/or replacing all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. It often requires full mouth reconstruction, combining aesthetics with the science of restorative dentistry to improve and restore a patient’s health, function, and smile.
You may be an ideal candidate for a full-mouth restoration if you have one or more of the following dental problems
- Multiple missing teeth (due to periodontitis or oral cancer)
- Numerous teeth with large fillings that are failing or exhibiting decay
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Badly worn teeth due to teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Hypersensitive teeth due to severely worn dentition
- An irregular bite
- Jawbone damage
- Issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) (e.g., jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds when opening the mouth)
- Collapse of vertical dimension and airway issues
For patients who have severely worn teeth that are also hypersensitive, they may have difficulty eating because of the condition of their teeth.
For any patient experiencing one or more of these dental problems, a full-mouth restoration can improve both function and esthetics quite significantly.
Additionally, you would also be a candidate for a full-mouth restoration if you were born with a genetic condition such as ectodermal dysplasia, amelogenesis, or dentinogenesis imperfecta. A patient with any of these conditions usually requires extensive restoration of their teeth.
Your consultation for full mouth restoration will include a review of
- Your medical history including any autoimmune disorders or heart problems
- Your medication and known allergies
- Your dental history
- Your lifestyle or personal habits that may affect your oral health (e.g., smoking, heavy drinking, illegal drug use)
Dr. Reece will also perform a comprehensive oral, head, and neck examination to assess
- The condition of your teeth (e.g., cavities, decay, chips/cracks, root canal problems, or excessive wear).
- The condition of your gums (e.g., excessive or insufficient gum tissue or signs of periodontal disease).
- Your bite (e.g., pain when you close your mouth or chew, TMJ or jaw muscles).
- The appearance of your teeth (e.g., shape, size, color, and uniformity).
These will all be assessed to establish the extent of the problems and the correction needed.
Necessary x-rays and impressions of your teeth will also be taken to have visual images of the structures of your mouth, and photographs will be taken of your teeth and face for before and after pictures.
Additionally, Dr. Reece will create a diagnostic wax-up design of what your teeth will look like after treatment.
After your consultation, Dr. Reece will develop a treatment plan based on the results of your exam and diagnostics. Recommendations will include a combination of treatments and procedures that will help you achieve the best results–restored oral health and a complete set of healthy teeth.
At Advanced Dentistry of Kearney, treatment options for full mouth restoration may include a combination of general and/or restorative dentistry procedures, including
- Placement of dental restorations like crowns, veneers, fillings, inlays, onlays, bridges, dentures, or dental implants
- Root canal therapy
- Gum recontouring
- TMJ disorder treatment
- Dental extraction
- Corrective jaw surgery
- Deep cleanings
- Crown lengthening
- Bone or soft tissue grafting
- Dental implants
Any combination of these procedures will not only provide you with a smile makeover but will also improve your oral health and function.
For patients who have oral cancer, treatment options may include the replacement of missing teeth as well as restoration of missing structures of the oral cavity. In such cases, Dr. Reece will develop the best treatment plan that meets your needs.
Full mouth restoration can take a day, a month, or a year. It all depends on the specific procedures and treatments identified in your treatment plan for your full mouth restoration. In general, complicated treatment plans require multiple phases and office visits to achieve the optimal, desired results.
Full mouth restoration offers the following benefits to patients:
- Restored oral health
- Restored oral function (improved ability to bite and chew normally without pain)
- Improved appearance of your teeth and smile
- Improved confidence
- Improved overall well-being (as there is a direct link between oral health and systemic health)
After a thorough examination, including a review of your medical and dental history and a comprehensive dental exam, Dr. Reece will develop a plan tailored to your unique needs, along with an up-front, all-inclusive cost.
The cost of your full mouth restoration usually depends on several factors including
- Treatments and procedures performed
- Materials used to construct your restorations and prosthetics
- Dental sedation used to keep you comfortable and relaxed
- State-of-the-art equipment used
- Expected laboratory charges
- Number of appointments needed
- Coordination of care with other specialists
As part of our commitment to you, this cost estimate will help you fully understand the investment you are making.
For patients needing extensive dental work, you may opt to split your full mouth restoration treatments into stages, allowing you to spread the costs out over a few months or a year.
You should check with your dental insurance provider to see if you are eligible for partial or complete coverage of full mouth restoration. Some plans have limitations where they will cover some services, but not others. If you need help figuring out your coverage options, our front office staff will assist you to the best of their ability.
If you or a loved one is in need of full-mouth restoration, please call Advanced Dentistry of Kearney at (308) 237-1311 to schedule a consultation and experience our team-based, compassionate care.
In using the latest technology, Dr. Reece will provide you with a complete, customized treatment that allows you to walk out of our office with fully functioning teeth.