Are you in need of a full mouth reconstruction? When dental issues are severe and extensive, encompassing many or all of your teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for a full mouth restoration. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Your mouth is made up of hard tissues like your teeth and jawbones, as well as soft tissues like your gums, tongue, cheeks, and lips. A full mouth reconstruction addresses multiple issues with different parts of your oral anatomy. Issues that are commonly addressed include, but are not limited to:
- Damaged teeth
- Missing teeth
- Jaw/bite misalignment
- Damaged gums
- Jawbone damage
- Worn out dental work
These conditions can severely compromise dental health. If not corrected, they will continue to worsen, and often lead to a chain reaction. For example, a jaw or bite misalignment can cause damage to your teeth, damaged teeth that are not corrected lead to missing teeth, and so on.
What Procedures Are Included in a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction may include numerous dental procedures. Depending on your particular needs, you could experience any of the following:
- Restorative dental procedures. These include fillings, crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays.
- Dental implants. When a tooth is missing or damaged beyond repair, an implant can be used to replace it. An implant is a titanium screw anchored to the jawbone and topped with an artificial tooth.
- Cosmetic treatments. Teeth whitening, veneers, dental bonding, and gum recontouring are all cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of your teeth and mouth.
- Neuromuscular dentistry/TMJ treatment. This addresses jaw and bite issues to correct misalignment or inhibited mobility of the jaw.
- Bruxism correction. Bruxism is teeth grinding, which plagues many people. There are remedies to prevent and correct the effects of bruxism.
- Orthodontics. Orthodontic treatments include traditional braces, Invisalign, and other procedures to realign teeth.
- Oral surgery. Tooth extraction, root canals, and tissue grafting are just a few of the procedures that may be performed by an oral surgeon.
- Periodontal procedures. These include scaling (deep removal of plaque), root planing (thorough gum cleaning to treat gum disease), and a variety of periodontal surgeries.
In the case of a full mouth reconstruction, your treatment may include any combination of the above procedures.
How Much Will It Cost?
The cost of a full mouth reconstruction varies according to the current condition of your teeth, your goals for treatment, and the specific procedures that are selected. We will provide an itemized treatment plan following your comprehensive evaluation.
What About Dental Insurance?
Dental insurance is highly complex and often confusing. We will help you understand your policy, including which procedures are covered, your deductible and annual cap on benefits, and your projected out of pocket costs. We may be able to break your treatment plan into several phases to maximize your insurance benefits.
Advantages of an All-in-One Treatment Provider
At Smiles on the Upper Westside, we provide a complete range of dental services all under a single roof. Benefits of visiting an all-in-one treatment provider include:
- Lower overall cost. When you avoid bouncing from office to office for various treatments, the total cost of your procedures tends to be less.
- Convenience. Don’t waste time commuting all over town to different dental offices.
- Simpler insurance billing. Your procedures can be billed to your insurance all at once from one office for easier management.
- Avoid specialist fees. Different dental specialists may have different fees and your insurance may require higher copays for specialists.
- Establish relationships. It may ease your mind to get to know your dentist and other dental providers on staff at one location. You’ll know what to expect and see the same friendly faces at each visit.