FAQ about Full Mouth Restoration
Q: What constitutes a full-mouth restoration?
A: Full-mouth restoration is sometimes referred to as Full-mouth reconstruction. No matter what you call it, the process combines several dentistry procedures which, when properly integrated, will enhance and improve both your health and the appearance of your smile.
Full mouth reconstruction / restoration is usually recommended for clients whose teeth are damaged, severely worn, or which are completely missing. It may also be recommended for patients whose teeth are significantly unattractive, misshapen, or badly discolored. In this case, the primary purpose of full mouth reconstruction is cosmetic.
Missing or damaged teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue, though. Yes, they negatively impact the appearance of your smile, but, they may also limit your ability to properly bite and chew your food, and may impact your ability to speak clearly—and dental issues have been linked to a variety of other, sometimes serious health risks.
Depending on the extent of your tooth damage and the results that you desire, one or more of the following dental treatments may be required to properly correct your dental issues: tooth-colored fillings, tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental bridges, and dental implants.
Q: What should I expect if I choose a full-mouth restoration?
A: The first step of the process is a thorough dental evaluation. Your dentist will conduct a detailed oral exam, make full mouth X-rays, assemble your complete dental history, and check for neuromuscular problems. After evaluating this information, your dentist will be able to determine which options are applicable in your case, and recommend a course of treatment to restore the beauty and full function of your teeth.
Q: Will a full-mouth restoration help me to look younger?
A: When a person’s teeth are badly worn, chipped, or missing, the visual effect is often that of a tired, weathered, old man / woman. Making the necessary investment to achieve a full-mouth restoration is likely to result in a more youthful smile; and knowing that your smile looks nice will encourage you to smile more often. When neuromuscular treatments are prescribed, they often alleviate debilitating symptoms such as a bad bite that may be causing you to feel older than you are.
Each of the treatments that are utilized in full-mouth restoration are designed to present a healthy, natural appearance. In many cases, cosmetic dentistry clients say that they feel more energetic and youthful when their full-mouth restorations have been completed.
Q: Am I a good candidate for full-mouth restoration?
A: If your teeth have been severely damaged, or if you are suffering from symptoms of TMD, such as headaches, jaw pain, or popping sounds in the jaw, you may be a good candidate for a full-mouth restoration.
Definition: TMD is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint disorder – commonly manifested as tenderness or pain that is centered in or around the temporomandibular joint – in simple terms, the hinge where your jaws meet.
If missing teeth or gum disease are causing your bite to be unbalanced, or if you have pain that you suspect may be TMD, this procedure is likely to help alleviate the problem. Clients whose teeth have been damaged by habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth may be good candidates, as well.
Q: What is the cost of full-mouth restoration?
A: There is no “one size fits all” answer to that question. Each full-mouth restoration must be customized to fit the dental needs of the individual client. Because each individual’s dental issues are unique, the cost may vary greatly from one patient to another. There’s only one way to answer the question for your situation – make an appointment with a prosthodontic specialist that you trust, and ask for a cost estimate.
To find out what treatments are appropriate for your situation, and to get personalized details on the cost of treatment, call our office and schedule a visit with our team today. They will help you to determine whether you should choose full mouth reconstruction.