|Everything You Need to Know About Full Mouth Reconstruction
Posted on 6/22/2022 by Neil Starr DDS PC
|In my years of experience, I have conducted many full mouth reconstruction surgeries. These procedures are invasive and time-consuming.
Not many people know much about them. If you are in need of complete reconstruction or just interested in learning more about it, keep reading to find out everything you need to know.
When Is Full Mouth Reconstruction the Best Option?
Complete reconstruction is not the best treatment option for every patient; however, it may be the next logical course of action in cases where:
There is tooth loss from trauma or decay.
There is tooth loss from fracture or injury.
There is tooth loss or wear from long-term acid erosion or grinding.
The bite needs to be adjusted in order to relieve pain in the head, jaw, or neck (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).
Complete reconstruction is typically performed in situations where it is medically necessary, and it is not an elective cosmetic procedure.
The Reconstruction Process
The restoration process will begin with a thorough visual examination where we will assess the state of your teeth, gums, jaw, and muscles in order to form a plan of action suited to your specific needs. We will also take x-ray images and impressions. Not every reconstruction will be the same because not every patient will have sustained the same level of injury, decay, or erosion.
It is likely that your reconstruction will be in multiple stages carried out in separate appointments. During your first appointment, we will give your mouth a deep cleaning in order to lay a solid foundation for the upcoming work. What comes next will vary on a case-by-case basis. Depending on your needs, it could be:
Surgery to reposition the jaw.
Preparatory reduction of teeth in order to place new veneers, bridges, or crowns.
Bone or tissue grafting.
Scaling and root planing.
Restoration and temporary or permanent implant placement.
Placement of ceramic inlays and onlays.
Crown lengthening and placement.
Root canal therapy.
If necessary, we will work with other specialists in a practice known as interdisciplinary dentistry, in order to supply you with every treatment you need.
Finally, when the restoration has been completed, you will not only be able to enjoy the aesthetic of your new smile, but the benefit of utilizing your new, functional teeth as well.
Contact Neil L. Starr, DDS
If you are in need of full mouth reconstruction, you deserve the best care available. Contact my practice, Neil L. Starr DDS, and let’s see what we can do in order to get you smiling again. As the leading prosthodontist, I am passionate about providing the best care possible through safe, compassionate, and innovative treatments and helping my patients to live a life free of mouth and tooth pain. We take extensive COVID-19 precautions in order to keep both our staff and patients safe, so you can feel at ease in our office. We are located in Washington D.C. and we serve surrounding areas including Potomac, Rockville, McLean, Fairfax, and Arlington cities.