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What are the Steps of a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is often recommended for people who have suffered disease, severe trauma or infection to their oral cavity. The procedure incorporates different dental treatments to restore a patient’s smile.
Getting started – consultation
Patients who think they need extensive dental procedures (full mouth reconstruction) need to schedule a consultation with the dentist. During the appointment, the dentist and the patient will discuss the primary concerns and goals for treatment. What would the ideal results be, and how quickly do they want to see changes?
The dentist will ask questions about the patient’s dental health, medical history and any relevant lifestyle factors such as a smoking habit or current medications. The patient will also answer questions about pre-existing physical problems and anxiety that may make the dental procedure harder and if sedation would be needed during the dental appointments.
The dentist will conduct a comprehensive oral, neck and head examination to ascertain the extent of the issue and the treatment required. They will consider the following:
- Condition of the teeth
- State of the gums
- Bite alignment
- The appearance of the teeth
Records and impressions
Aside from the visual exam, the dentist will also take some records of the oral cavity, including x-ray scans, images and impressions of the patient’s teeth. X-rays and intraoral pictures of the oral cavity can help reveal areas of the mouth that are invisible to the eye. The dentist will also take pictures of the teeth to serve as a reference upon completion of the procedure.
Designing the smile
This is the part where the dentist creates a digital design of the current position of the teeth and where they are expected to be after treatment. With digital scanning technology, the dentist can make a 3D model of possible dental restoration or prosthetics.
The patient will be able to test the mockup restoration to get an overview of the look and feel. This test is important so patients can offer valuable feedback about the mockups, which will be used to adjust the final restorations.
Creating the treatment plan
Using the results of the visual examination, records and models, the dentist will explain in detail the optimal combination of dental procedures and treatments to help the patient achieve excellent dental health and a full set of healthy teeth. The procedures could include any of the following:
- Orthodontic treatment
- Removal of damaged or infected teeth
- Root canal therapy
- Periodontal treatment
- Placement of dental crowns, veneers or implants
- TMJ treatment
- Corrective jaw surgery
- Placement of implant-supported dentures
The patient will get a copy of the treatment plan so that they can review and decide how they want to proceed. They will also get an estimate of the cost of full mouth reconstruction.
Full mouth reconstruction happens in different stages and requires multiple office appointments. The dentist may spread out the treatments over several months due to the timeline of some dental procedures and the cost. Procedures such as dental implant placement require some healing time before placing the final restoration. During the full mouth reconstruction, the dentist will probably work with a dental lab to create dental restorations.
Full mouth reconstruction can give you a new healthy smile. If you have more questions about the procedure, contact the dental office for a consultation.
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