If you need major dental work to restore the condition of your teeth, then Dr. Robert Milner may recommend full mouth rehabilitation. Full mouth rehabilitation is a customized plan to improve the overall health, functionality and attractiveness of your teeth.
Since full mouth rehabilitation involves combining two or more dentistry procedures, it is important that you select a dentist who is skilled at a variety of restorative treatments. In Mission Viejo, no dentist is better at rehabilitating the appearance and performance of your teeth than Dr. Milner.
Candidates for Full Mouth Rehabilitation
You may be a good candidate for full mouth rehabilitation if you:
- Practiced poor oral hygiene habits over a long period that have left your teeth and gums in disrepair
- Were involved in a serious accident or injury that has damaged or knocked out your teeth
- Grind your teeth at night
- Have medical conditions or genetics that make you especially prone to tooth decay
- Have serious periodontal disease that threatens your teeth’s ability to stay in the gums
If you are like many of the full mouth rehabilitation patients Dr. Milner treats, you may feel embarrassment over needing to overhaul your mouth. In the long run, however, it is more embarrassing to go about life with an incomplete set of teeth than it is to receive necessary dental care from a professional who treats you respectfully and without judgment.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation Procedures
Since every person has a unique set of dental problems, what is involved in your full mouth rehabilitation treatment plan is not necessarily the same plan for other patients. Following a thorough examination with X-ray images, Dr. Milner may recommend some of the following procedures for your full mouth rehabilitation:
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that Dr. Milner surgically attaches directly to the jawbone with a titanium post. Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Dr. Milner may recommend a less expensive and more efficient alternative for several missing teeth, particularly if the teeth are in a row.
A crown fits over the top of your existing tooth to cover up damage like cracks and/or provide strength to a tooth that has been weakened by decay. Crowns are chosen to match the shade of your other teeth so they do not stand out in your mouth. Dr. Milner may use crowns as part of other restoration procedures.
A bridge is a prosthetic device that covers the space created by a tooth or row of missing teeth. Filling in this space helps to restore your bite and block your natural teeth from drifting out of place. The most utilized type of bridge is the traditional fixed bridge, which places crowns on adjacent healthy teeth to hold a prosthetic tooth (or row of prosthetic teeth) in place. Dr. Milner may also utilize other types of bridges, such as cantilever or Maryland bonded bridges, depending on your unique situation.
Although veneers are usually considered a cosmetic treatment, they can be useful for full mouth reconstruction when significant damage has been done to the front of your teeth. These porcelain shields are attached to the front of the teeth to provide aesthetic improvements to your otherwise healthy teeth.
To replace an entire row (or both rows) of teeth, dentures may be the best approach. Dentures are realistic-looking and custom-built to fit in your mouth. They can be supported by implants so are easily removed and snapped back in for convenient cleaning.
Frequently Asked Questions about Full Mouth Reconstruction
What are the benefits of a full mouth reconstruction?
Repairing, reconstructing or replacing damaged or missing teeth is beneficial for many reasons. Full mouth reconstruction can eliminate pain you may be experiencing due to the condition of your teeth. It can restore your ability to bite, chew and speak comfortably.
Full mouth reconstruction can reduce your chances of developing more serious dental problems in the future. Since research indicates a link between dental and overall health, full mouth reconstruction may help you avoid serious general health problems, too.
Finally, full mouth reconstruction can help you reclaim a complete, healthy smile that helps you look younger and more attractive.
How long will full mouth reconstruction take?
The timeframe for a full mouth reconstruction varies by patient, depending on the exact treatment plan. Due to the nature of most restorative and reconstructive procedures, and the process of creating custom restorations, you can probably expect the entire process to take at least a few months and several appointments.
Is full mouth reconstructive painful?
Dr. Milner and our team’s number one goal is to minimize any pain or discomfort you feel during treatment. Numbing medication is used to numb the area of the mouth being treated. Sedation dentistry techniques can also help to put you into a more relaxed state of mind during your treatment.
If you experience soreness or discomfort after the numbing medication wears off, we can recommend over-the-counter medication to take or suggest techniques to minimize your discomfort.
How expensive is full mouth reconstruction?
Factors such as the dental materials and techniques used influence the cost of treatment. For pricing information, please contact our office.
Schedule A Dental Reconstruction Consultation Today
If you seek to correct two or more dental concerns that are causing problems when eating, chewing or simply interfering with your everyday life, contact Dr. Milner today to inquire about full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Robert Milner is an experienced dentist who has helped countless patients in the Mission Viejo area obtain healthier, brighter smiles. Schedule a personal consultation today by calling 949-859-8899.