Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Full-mouth rehabilitation is the restoration of the mouth involving every tooth in the top and/or bottom arch. Full mouth rehabilitation/restoration is a good option for people whose teeth are excessively worn down, damaged, missing, or for people who have problems with their temporomandibular joint (TMJ) (jaw joint).
Worn or damaged teeth are more than just unattractive; they can cause difficulty in chewing, poor nutrition, gastrointestinal upset, TMJ problems, headaches, pain, and facial collapse. Full mouth restoration, which can include a variety of crowns, veneers, onlays, bridges, or implants, is usually accomplished in two to four office visits.
Prior to the first treatment visit, there are two consultation visits. The first visit gathers the following records:
- Full mouth x-rays
- Study models of both arches
- Facial analysis
- Patient intent
The second consultation addresses the smile design and goals of the treatment. A hand crafted wax-up of the proposed design is presented on the study models.
Full mouth rehabilitation sometimes requires consultations with a periodontist, oral surgeon, and/or orthodontist to provide you the optimal dental health you deserve.
During the first treatment visit, old dental work and decay are removed, and impressions are made of the healthy tooth structure.
Temporary teeth are hand sculpted from the proposed design and are placed in your mouth to allow a preview and/or “test drive” of the design. The impressions are sent to the laboratory and our master ceramist meticulously builds the design in about three to four weeks. This time allows for acclimation and modification if necessary.
Once the restorations are shaped and polished, an appointment is set to bond the natural-looking restorations to your teeth.
All full mouth cases take hours of planning and development. Because of this, these treatment visits are on a day open only to you.
If you have short, worn, missing, or broken teeth, and suffer pain or displeasure with the appearance of your smile, you may be a candidate for full mouth restoration. Here are some additional signs and symptoms that might indicate you are a candidate:
- TMJ disorder with frequent headaches or migraines
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Dental restorations that crack, chip, or break frequently
- Flat, short teeth
- The absence of teeth showing when you smile
- Deep wrinkle in the corner of your mouth with constant sores
Full mouth restoration is realignment of the entire dentition keeping into consideration alignment of jaws and the muscles.