From grinning Greek sculptures to the single most popular emoji today (face with tears of joy) – we all love a good smile. A smile is one of the most fundamental parts of being human.
When you look at somebody, the first thing you see is often their face. The smile instantly communicates social acceptance, understanding, and trust. When your smile is compromised by failing teeth, it changes everything.
Your smile is the gateway into your social world. Full mouth reconstruction is one of the best ways to get that world back and make it brighter than ever before. renew Institute in Louisville, KY is one of the leading providers of full mouth reconstruction and sedation dentistry to give you a comfortable process and a beautiful smile.
What Is A Full Mouth Restoration?
Any dental treatment that involves all the teeth in the mouth is referred to as full mouth restoration. A full mouth reconstruction is the rebuilding and/or replacing all of your teeth. It is the combination of aesthetics and dental technology to improve the health, function, and beauty of your mouth.
Full Mouth Restoration vs. Smile Makeover: A full mouth restoration and smile makeover can have similar aesthetic results, but are very different procedures. A smile makeover is an elective cosmetic procedure to improve the look of your teeth. Full mouth restoration provides for great aesthetics with the objective of improving the function of your mouth and teeth. It is a necessary procedure to allow the mouth and teeth to function normally.
Who Is a Candidate for a Full Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction can be done for numerous reasons on both young patients and senior citizens. The main reason is to improve the functionality and aesthetics of the mouth. Some of the most common reasons for mouth restoration we see at renew Institute in Louisville, KY include:
- Missing teeth due to decay or trauma.
Effects of Bruxism
- Teeth that have been injured or fractured.
- Worn down teeth as a result of acidic foods, beverages, acid reflux or tooth grinding, also called bruxism.
- Ongoing complaints of jaw, muscle, and headache pain requiring adjustments to the bite.
- Loss of teeth due to periodontal disease or infection
- Mobile or loose teeth
- Removal of oral structures (teeth and bone) as a result of cancer or cancer treatment
- Congenital conditions (see below)
- Subsequent to or combined with orthodontic treatment
- Final arrangement of bite after orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery)
- Tetracycline or Fluorosis conditions that have discolored or distorted enamel
There are also patients who were born with conditions that affect their teeth and jaw that require a full mouth reconstruction.
- Ectodermal Dysplasia: This is a condition where the teeth are developed abnormally. They may be misshapen, scarce, or missing completely.
- Ameliogenesis: A rare disorder of abnormal enamel formation. This causes discolored teeth, early tooth loss, difficulty eating, and mouth pain.
- Dentinogenisis Imperfecta: Teeth that are translucent and discolored-often also the teeth are weaker than normal leading to wear, breakage, and loss.
While losing a smile is a serious blow at any age, it can have a particular impact on children. “When you look at somebody, the first thing you see is their face…If someone can’t read your facial expressions, then it’s difficult to be socially accepted. It’s hugely devastating for kids,” said Tami Konieczny, supervisor of occupational therapy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Common Symptoms Associated With Malocclusion
If you suffer from Malocclusion, or a poor bite, it can have a domino effect causing other issues. These issues include:
- Jaw Soreness
- Pain in the back and neck
- TMJ Dysfunction or TMD
- Fractured Teeth
- Loss of Teeth
- Accelerated breakdown of fillings and crown
A full mouth reconstruction can alleviate these problems. Talk to your prosthodontist if you suffer from any of these side effects.
How Long Does A Full Reconstruction Take?
You should expect the whole full mouth reconstruction process to take anywhere from a couple of months to a year or more to complete.
The actual duration is different for each client. It depends on the severity of your mouth’s condition, the types of procedures required and how long it takes to heal between each procedure.
During your initial consultation, we will be able to give you a more in-depth analysis of your specific condition and the types of procedures that will work best for you. From there, you and the prosthodontists can come up with a plan together that includes adequate recovery time and comprehensive strategy.
A full mouth reconstruction is the best method to give you a full functioning smile, comfortable bite, and pain-free living.
What Does Mouth Reconstruction Involve
In order to restore full esthetics, comfort, and function of the mouth, there are several treatment areas involved. Typically, these treatments are used in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment plan. Here are some of the types of procedures we use at the renew Institute in Louisville, KY that may be recommended for your full mouth reconstruction.
- Dental Restoration: This includes things like crowns, veneers, fillings, inlays, onlays, bridges, dentures or dental implants. These procedures may be used as temporary place holders or as a permanent part of your full mouth reconstruction.
- Orthodontics: Getting braces may be part of straightening out the teeth you have, and creating adequate space for new teeth to be added.
- Root canal therapy: This is commonly referred to as a “root canal.” But it is a process where the doctor treats the roots to preserve the structure of the tooth as much as necessary.
- Gum tissue recontouring: Gums play an important role in your mouth. Recontouring is an aesthetic procedure that creates a beautiful and even gum line.
- Treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD): This is a common disorder where affected muscles and nerves around the jaw cause pain when chewing or speaking. If TMD is present in a patient during a full mouth reconstruction there may be physical therapy, massage, stretching or relaxation techniques to soothe this condition.
- Dental extractions: Some teeth may need to be completely removed in order to make room for new ones or to replace them with a healthier alternative.
- Corrective jaw surgery: If your bite is out of alignment due to the skeletal position of your jaws, this will need to be addressed as part of your full mouth reconstruction.
- Crown lengthening: This occurs if the tissue or bone needs to be removed to expose more of a tooth’s surface so it can hold a crown adequately. This can be necessary for both esthetic and functional reasons.
- Bone or soft tissue grafting: This may be necessary after a tooth extraction to stabilize and preserve the bone involved.
We maximize the amount of dentistry that can be accomplished in one appointment and massively minimize discomfort through the use of sedation dentistry. More is accomplished and treatment is completed earlier.
Full Mouth Dental Restoration Benefits
The overlying benefits of full mouth reconstruction are improved health, comfort, appearance, and confidence. A full mouth reconstruction can help with dental related conditions and overall health including:
- Gorgeous smile
- Improved speech
- More effective chewing
- More security and confidence with your teeth (less distraction)
- Stable Tempromandibular Joints (TMJ)
- Comfortable muscles
Our team here at renew Institute in Louisville, KY is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our clients. Everyone should have a smile they are proud of and a mouth that functions the way it should so they can enjoy life more fully.
Is Mouth Restoration Necessary?
Only your prosthodontic dentist and their team can determine what procedures are necessary for your specific case. However, if you ignore your mouth’s warning signs and either delay or choose not to get a full mouth reconstruction, you could suffer from several complications including:
- Loss of teeth
- Ugly teeth
- Compromised natural facial contours
- Pronounced signs of aging in the lower third of your face
- Furrows and cracks along your lips
- Increased pressure on your temporomandibular joints (jaw joints), which can cause muscle pain, headaches, and further complications
- Joint disease
- Loss of chewing function
Healing Time for Mouth Reconstruction
The exact healing time is different for each patient. With sedation dentistry, your recovery can be more comfortable without recollection of treatment and no pain during the procedure(s).
How Long Does a Full Reconstruction Last?
After your full mouth reconstruction is finished, you can expect it to last a long time. As with any mouth, the key is regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups to ensure your smile stays strong for years to come.
Let renew Institute Restore Your Confidence
When you choose renew Institute in Louisville, KY for your full mouth reconstruction, you are not only getting a team of experts, but a family of providers who truly care about you and your overall well-being. We will work with you every step of the way to make you as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process. We go above and beyond typical dentistry for an experience you deserve.