Individuals with severe tooth decay, excessively worn teeth, or missing teeth are most likely candidates for a full mouth reconstruction. A full mouth reconstruction is a medically necessary process to restore good general oral health, including your ability to eat properly. Dental problems work in a domino effect. If you have severely damaged or missing teeth, this will eventually lead to more serious dental issues. A full mouth reconstruction can stop this domino effect before more serious damage and decay sets in.
Many of the same procedures are used for full mouth reconstructions that are done during smile makeovers. However, a typical full mouth reconstruction tends to require much more extensive dental work, often requiring dental implants and in severe cases, maxillofacial surgery.
Am I a Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Typical full mouth reconstruction candidates include:
- Accident and trauma victims – Individuals who have suffered significant dental trauma as a result of an automobile, sporting, or any other accident are prime candidates for reconstruction. Time is of the essence when it comes to repairing or replacing teeth. Your chances of having a successful reconstruction are far higher the sooner you seek dental treatment after an accident.
- People with severe decay or worn teeth – Decay is usually the result of poor oral hygiene habits, though it may have other underlying causes. Excessive tooth wear is typically caused by tooth grinding or high acidity in the mouth. Bulimics and those prone to dry mouth are most likely to suffer from chemically eroded teeth, while chronic tooth grinding (bruxism) is the typical cause of mechanical erosion.
- TMD sufferers – Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) often has tooth grinding as one of its symptoms. This will lead to severe tooth wear, and even cracked or broken teeth. Severe TMD can cause a wide variety of other tooth damage that may require maxillofacial surgery in serious cases.
Treatments will vary from individual to individual. Due to the extent of work that usually needs to be performed, expect your full mouth reconstruction to take several months.
If you live in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area and have severely damaged or missing teeth, you may need a full mouth reconstruction. Please contact Pennsylvania full mouth reconstruction dentist Dr. Babak Firouzi at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry today to schedule your complimentary consultation.