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In certain situations, rebuilding or replacing every tooth in a patient’s mouth is necessary. A full mouth reconstruction can be extensive, but is advantageous on many levels, including physical health, emotional confidence, technical functionality, and aesthetic beauty.
Candidates for full mouth reconstruction often have multiple missing teeth, numerous teeth with large fillings that are decaying, cracked or broken teeth, or badly worn teeth due to bruxism (teeth grinding). Their mouth is not sound from an aesthetic or functional perspective. Oftentimes, as the teeth break down or wear over time, it also contributes to TMJ disorders and pain, headaches, clicking, or popping of the jaw joints is common.
Full mouth reconstructions begin with a consultation. This process requires in-depth records of your mouth, such as X-rays and photographs, bite analysis and impressions of your upper and lower teeth. You may also visit specialists (periodontist, orthodontist, oral surgeon) for more specific opinions. Often specialized 3-D x-rays are needed, as well as MRIs.
Step-by-step courses of treatment are determined based upon individual circumstances. Your treatment plan may include onlays, bridges, crowns, veneers, implants, dentures or any combination of these restorations. Most reconstructions involve multiple phases and office visits. It is not unreasonable to expect treatment to take 12 months or more, depending on the development of your treatment plan over time. Also known as a smile makeover, full mouth reconstructions improve chewing and speaking capabilities, as well as gum health. Just ask our patients – they are worth the work!
It’s time to regain your smile! At Joanna Kleckner DDS, we love to see our patients feel better and look better. Schedule your consultation for a full mouth reconstruction today.