An Introduction to Full Mouth Reconstruction

Posted on: May 3, 2019

A full mouth reconstruction is a group of general or reconstructive dental treatments performed collectively to totally transform the dentition, including restoring a lost tooth, fixing damaged teeth and correcting jaw alignment. The result is an improved smile with a better appearance.

A full restoration requires reconstructing all the teeth on the lower and upper jaws using dental restorations such as bridges, crowns, veneers, dentures and implants. Full mouth reconstruction is sometimes a crucial treatment to maintain the patient’s oral health and the appearance of their teeth.

Full mouth reconstruction

Candidates for full mouth reconstruction

Missing teeth can cause severe dental issues and can limit the patient’s ability to talk and eat. Restorative treatment must be sought quickly if a tooth is missing, particularly if most or all the teeth are damaged. You may be eligible for this procedure if your teeth are damaged or missing due to decay, fracture, injury, malocclusion, tooth grinding or acid erosion.

What to expect during the procedure

Patients who wish to do full mouth reconstruction must first undergo a comprehensive oral examination, including the teeth, gum tissue and jaw and joint muscles and appearance. The dental expert will takes images and impressions to ascertain the current condition of the mouth. Using the results from the initial examination, they will be able to detect the level of damage and prepare a personalized treatment plan for the patient to restore their smile.

Once the treatment plan is solid, the full mouth reconstruction process starts. The treatment requires multiple restorations, which means the patient will need to visit the office multiple times. The reconstruction process can take about a year or longer to finish, depending on the condition of the patient.

The options available

A wide range of prosthetic materials is available for replacing missing or damaged teeth. These options could be permanent implants or bonding to the teeth and can be either removable or temporary. They can substitute single teeth, multiple teeth or the entire teeth on a dental arch. The options available include dental crowns, bridges, implants, veneers and dentures.

Advantages of full mouth reconstruction

Despite the lengthy process involved in rehabilitation, the advantages are many. The benefits lie in lifestyle and general health improvement. You can witness changes in your oral health, sleep, smile, confidence, concentration and overall wellbeing.


The recovery time varies and depends on the treatment plan and the procedures involved. Recovery can range from a few weeks to several months. If the treatment plan is spread out over time, the patient will recover from each procedure between the stages. Age and oral health are crucial factors that affect the rate of recovery.

Final note

Full mouth reconstruction has many advantages. It is useful for restoring the function, health and appearance of the smile. It resolves structural issues such as broken or worn teeth, missing teeth or a collapsed bite. Treating infections of the teeth and gums, filling tooth decay and extracting hopeless teeth can help restore oral health. With orthodontics, the bite can be improved to make teeth cleaning easier and give the teeth a straight and healthy appearance.

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