Broken, fractured teeth and damaged gums can compromise the appearance of your smile and lead to jaw pain as well as functional and oral health problems, which can negatively affect your overall health and interfere with your everyday life.
If you are experiencing issues with your teeth, jaw and gums, you may be a suitable candidate for full mouth reconstruction. Call 949-859-8899 and schedule an appointment with Mission Viejo dentist Dr. Robert Milner to learn how he can help restore functionality and beauty to your teeth and gums, simultaneously boosting your quality of life.
What is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is a restorative dentistry procedure individually designed to address several dental conditions in one comprehensive treatment. Not to be confused with a smile makeover, which is solely a cosmetic procedure, full mouth reconstruction is medically necessarily in sustaining oral health. The treatment combines two or more procedures to repair worn or fractured teeth, replace missing teeth, correct a person’s bite and rehabilitate diseased or receding gums. Ultimately, full mouth reconstruction is designed to restore function to the mouth so the patient can smile, eat, speak and live comfortably.
Am I a Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Candidacy for full mouth reconstruction is determined by Dr. Milner on a case-by-case basis. You may be a suitable candidate for the treatment if you have two or more of the following issues:
- Missing teeth due to decay or trauma
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Eroded teeth due to acid or tooth grinding
- Gum disease and/or receding gums
- Ongoing jaw, muscle or headache pain
During your initial dental exam, Dr. Milner will thoroughly examine your mouth to determine the extent of your dental problems. Dr. Milner will also evaluate your medical and dental history, and may need to have X-rays and impressions made of your upper and lower teeth. With this, Dr. Milner will design a customized treatment plan to address your dental issues.
What Does Full Dental Reconstruction Typically Include?
Full mouth reconstruction involves two or more restorative procedures that are typically performed over the course of several months. Your customized treatment plan may include:
- Dental crowns to preserve functionality of chipped or otherwise damaged teeth
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Dental bridges to close the gap between two teeth
- Porcelain veneers to correct worn out tooth enamel or uneven tooth alignment
- Partial or full dentures to replace missing teeth
- TMJ treatment to improve the bite and reduce TMD symptoms
- Gum treatment to rehabilitate gums that have recessed or become diseased
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.