If you have put off having dental procedures done for longer than you can remember, you are not alone. Many patients are in similar shoes. Although it may seem easier to ignore your oral health problems and hope that they go away, left untreated, they can result in more severe problems that threaten the structure, function, and appearance of your teeth. Fortunately, Drs. Stephen M. Katz, Sultan S. Salem, and Dilmarys Peña can help get you back on the straight and narrow path to a beautiful, healthy smile with a full mouth reconstruction. Contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice in Long Island, NY, to schedule your evaluation.
What Is Full Mouth Restoration?
Extensive trauma, infection, and the natural aging process can all contribute to the development or oral health issues. If most or all of the teeth in your upper and lower jaws need to be rebuilt or restored, the Smiles on Broadway dentists may recommend a full mouth restoration or reconstruction. This involves creating a customized treatment plan that will be used to restore your overall dental structure and health. Depending on the severity of your case, you may also be referred to one or more specialists for other procedures. It is helpful to keep in mind that, depending on the scope of your restoration, the work will likely be spread out over the course of several months.
To determine which treatments need to be incorporated into your full mouth reconstruction plan, your dentist here at Smiles on Broadway will perform a comprehensive examination of your jaw, neck, and mouth. During this examination, he will assess:
- The condition of your teeth
- Your periodontal, or gum, health
- Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs), jaw muscles, and occlusion, or bite
- The aesthetics of your smile
He will also take x-rays and photographs, create impressions of your teeth, and fabricate a model of your bite. Then, depending on your case, he may refer you to one or more dental specialists such as periodontists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, and endodontists for additional consultations. During your next appointment, he will create a step-by-step treatment plan for you and discuss the recommended procedures. Because there will be a large amount of information covered, you will want to raise any questions or concerns you wish to have addressed at this time.
Candidates for Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction is appropriate for patients with extensive dental problems due to:
- Injured or fractured teeth
- Missing teeth
- Teeth worn down from grinding or long-term acid erosion
- Recurring jaw, muscle, and headache pain requiring corrections to the occlusion, or bite
Those who require oral surgery also need to be healthy enough to receive local or general anesthesia.
Only a skilled, experienced dentist can determine which combination of treatments will provide you with the best possible results. However, procedures commonly incorporated into full mouth reconstruction plan include:
- Teeth cleaning and periodontal care, including scaling and root planing
- Orthognathic surgery to reposition the jaw
- Contouring of gum tissue
- Bone or soft tissue grafting
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental implants
Commonly Combined Procedures
Although it may seem daunting to see the list of dental procedures recommended for your full mouth restoration, it helps to keep in mind that some of the procedures may be combined. By outlining a treatment plan that can be completed in stages, you and your dentist can work together to help you achieve your dental goals. Common pairings include:
- Periodontal treatment and other general dentistry procedures
- Bone grafting and dental implants
- Oral surgery and orthodontics
- Porcelain veneers or bonding and teeth whitening
- Crown lengthening and dental crowns
Some procedures cannot be performed until the previous stage in the reconstruction has been completed. For example, if your jaw bone has lost density, a bone graft may be needed to strengthen it before you can receive dental implants.
Affording Your Treatment
Because full mouth reconstruction comprises several dental procedures, many patients have concerns about the cost. Fortunately, a staged treatment plan, along with dental insurance coverage and, if necessary, financing through CareCredit℠, can help ease the financial burden of dental bills. If cost is a concern, be sure to discuss this with one of our patient coordinators beforehand. There may be other procedures or dental materials that cost less, but are still highly effective.
Contact Our Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Practice
Returning strength, function, and aesthetics to your smile is an invaluable investment in your quality of life. If you believe you might benefit from a full mouth reconstruction, please contact our dental practice today to set up a consultation.