When it comes to your oral health, you might not think of anything beyond your teeth, but the term involves much more. When everything works well, dental care involves little more than twice-yearly cleanings and exams. But a combination of poor oral hygiene and delinquent care can lead to serious dental issues, making it time to think about full-mouth reconstruction involving the teeth, jawbone, and gums. Ramin Mahallati, DDS, at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry in Beverly Hills, California, can perform the procedures, sometimes enlisting the expertise of specialists, to give you back your healthy, beautiful smile. Call the office today or request an appointment online.
As the name implies, this is a multifaceted approach, but the process usually involves all of the teeth and the soft tissues. Missing teeth are replaced, damaged teeth repaired, alignment of the bite and corresponding jaw joints addressed, gum disease treated, jawbone mass rebuilt, and worn out dental appliances replaced.
Dr. Mahallati performs most of the procedures, but he may bring in specialists such as a periodontist or oral surgeon, if necessary.
There isn’t a single threshold or set of problems that calls for a “full-mouth reconstruction,” as every patient is different. But when the damage has progressed past the point of involving just a few teeth, or when the gums are in periodontitis, you need more in-depth treatment to save your teeth.
These are some possible issues that lead to full-mouth reconstruction:
You may also be considered a candidate for full-mouth reconstruction if gum disease is threatening the health of your teeth and jaw.
Full-mouth reconstruction with the team at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry is an involved commitment. After your consultation, the team creates a treatment plan and discusses it with you.
Full-mouth reconstruction can include any combination of the following procedures:
Multiple phases and office visits are necessary. The entire process may require a full year, depending on your situation.
Modern techniques and anesthesia ensure procedures such as root canals, gum treatment, or the placement of implants are pain-free. But you may experience some discomfort during recovery.
Generally, this consists of soreness and aching. The team provides you with the necessary medication to manage your discomfort. Also, if you’re apprehensive about any part of the treatment, the team offers sedation to help with your anxiety.
Due to the wide assortment of procedures that can be included in your full-mouth reconstruction, it’s impossible to say what your recovery will entail. Implants usually involve a three-step process with some gum recovery for a few days. Cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers don’t require any recovery. Root canals have some soreness, but no real recovery. Rest assured the team at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry walks you through your recoveries, just like your procedures.
As with recovery, there’s no way to tell what your individual full-mouth reconstruction will require, so it’s impossible to estimate the cost. Once the team determines your individual treatment plan, they discuss what the various facets cost.
The Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry offers CareCredit®, LendingClub®, or Citi Health options for dental financing.
A full mouth reconstruction may be recommended to those who have missing teeth due to trauma or decay, injured or fractured teeth, and severely worn teeth due to long-term acid erosion or tooth grinding. If you’re suffering from temporomandibular disease symptoms, such as jaw pain and headaches, you may also be a good candidate for a full-mouth reconstruction. You can also benefit from this procedure if you’ve had gum disease or missing teeth that have affected your bite.
Some people have a combination of dental problems, including missing teeth, damaged teeth, faulty bites, and gum damage. Some have dental restorations that are worn out. Others have gum disease and jawbone damage.
Specific procedures can address each of these problems. However, when multiple problems exist, a full-mouth reconstruction may be the best course of action.
Dr. Mahallati performs a comprehensive examination of your mouth to identify the severity of the problem and create a treatment plan that addresses your needs. Dr. Mahallati examines the condition of your teeth, gums, temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles, and bite. Overall aesthetics are also considered.
Full-mouth reconstructions typically involve multiple visits to the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry. Depending on your situation, treatments may take more than a year. Your full-mouth reconstruction may involve the following procedures:
With full-mouth reconstruction, the team at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry aims to restore oral aesthetics and function to improve your health. To schedule a consultation, call the office or request an appointment online.