The purpose of a Full Mouth Reconstruction is to rebuild and/or replace all of the teeth in a patients mouth. In general, a Full Mouth Reconstruction is performed by a general or restorative dentist who performs procedures such as crowns, bridges, and veneers. In some cases, the dentist will incorporate dental specialists such as periodontists, who specialize in the gums, orthodontists and oral surgeons.
Am I a Candidate for a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Getting a Full Mouth Reconstruction can be a big step to a healthy smile. Before proceeding forward. it’s important to know whether you are a candidate for this type of procedure. There are various reasons as to why a patient may need to move forward with a full mouth reconstruction. Some reasons include but are not limited to:
- Missing teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Extensive tooth decay
- Gum disease or oral infections
What Procedure is Involved?
Before the procedure process begins, your dentist will examine your mouth to determine the extent of the issue. Your dentist will look at areas in your mouth such as your teeth, gum tissues, temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles, and occlusion, and esthetics.
The dentists need to examine the condition of your teeth as this will determine what restorative procedure is necessary moving forward. For instance, based on your teeth you may need full coverage crowns or implants restored with a crown. Your dentist will pay attention to things such as any cavities you may have, tooth decay, and any fractured teeth.
Also known as Periodontal tissue, your dentist will take a look at your gums to see how healthy it is. In the event that they are not healthy, you will need scaling and root planing to treat gum disease.
Temporomandibular Joints, Jaw Muscles, and Occlusion
Your dentist will want to know if you have a stable bite. A stable bite is seen as one that is free of pain when you bite down and chew. In addition, a dentist will be paying attention to whether your bite is causing any destruction or wear and tear on the teeth.
Your dentist will pay attention to the shape, color, and size of your teeth. In addition, they will pay attention to how your teeth are positioned in relation to your gums, lips, and mouth. Your dentist will also look at your side profile and face as this is an important factor in the reconstruction process. One of the great things about a Full Mouth Reconstruction procedure is that there are various combinations designed to fit the needs of the patient. Ultimately, your dentist will determine what treatment is best for you. With that said, here are a few possible treatments that one might get:
- Orthognathic surgery to reposition a patients jaw
- Prophylactic teeth cleaning, along with periodontal care
- Implant placement and restoration
- Gum contouring
- Placement of temporary restorations so patients can become used to new teeth
- Bone or soft tissue grafting to increase the stability of your teeth.
How Much Does a Full Mouth Reconstruction Cost?
Essentially, a full mouth reconstructive procedure combines multiple dental procedures to make a custom package for each individual patient so the cost will vary. The actual cost of your procedure will depend on the condition of your teeth upon coming into the dentist’s office and how extensive the planning is to correct your teeth. Other factors that play a role in the costs are the technologies that the dentist uses during the procedure, as well as, the overall quality of your procedure. Let’s take a closer look at the factors that affect your total treatment cost.
The planning stage is an essential step in a patient having a healthy and happy smile. During the planning stage, your dentist will do a full smile evaluation to get to the root of the issue. This means that the dentist will take a look at x-rays, CT scans, computer imaging, and intraoral photography. These tests will not only help the dentist develop a proper treatment but will help to determine your treatment costs.
The Extent of Treatment
Of course, your teeth’s current condition will play a huge role in how much your treatment plan costs. Some patients only have one or two health issues while others have multiple health issues going on. With that said, your dentist will make a record of all of these issues so that they can be addressed in the treatment plan. The more extensive your treatment needs to be, the more expensive your plan will become.
New technologies are continuously being created in the medical industry to help with more precise and effective procedures. More dentists are utilizing these technologies moving forward to help bring their patients the best results possible. Some dentists use dental lasers to do things such as reshape the gums and reduce infection. It’s important to note that even with dental insurance, some dental technologies are excluded from coverage and patients should discuss what tools will be used in the procedure to factor this into their budget. The approximate cost of a Full Mouth Reconstruction can cost $800-$1500 per tooth and for a full mouth, it isn’t unlikely to pay between $30,000 to $45,000 and more. It’s important to note that this price does not reflect things such as oral surgery charges and periodontal treatments.
A Full Mouth Reconstruction can take two visits. It is not uncommon for patients to feel a slight tenderness where the procedure took place. However, this feeling can be alleviated with over-the-counter medicine. Since each reconstructive procedure is unique to the patient, healing time will vary. Generally, younger patients tend to heal more quickly as compared to older patients as older patients tend to have more risk factors involved. If you suspect any concerns with your new reconstruction, it is best to call your dentist for guidance.
Learn More About a Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full Mouth Reconstructions have helped many patients obtain the smile they’ve always longed for. At Shore Smiles Dental, we are dedicated to helping patients love their smile again. If you think a Full Mouth Reconstruction is for you or you want to learn more about this type of procedure, feel free to contact us today. We offer a range of services such as cosmetic dentistry, general services, tooth replacement options, and much more – contact us today.