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Neil L. Starr, DDS, PC

Full Mouth Reconstruction


Alt DescriptionYour mouth has many responsibilities. It allows you to bite and chew your food. Your teeth are necessary for the first stages of digestion, breaking down the foods you eat to make the nutrients easily accessible. Your mouth is responsible for proper speech. It can also make a powerful first impression with your smile. There are several factors that can affect the health and appearance of your mouth. At Neil Starr DDS PC, we can restore your quality of life with a full mouth reconstruction.

Why Do You Need a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

A full mouth reconstruction is a procedure that is designed to restore and rebuild the teeth in your upper or lower jaw (or both jaws). It is a customizable procedure that often involves a combination of restorative dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and oral surgery. Full mouth reconstruction is used in a variety of different situations:
•  Your teeth are decayed, fractured, or otherwise damaged.
•  You have teeth that are severely worn (acid erosion or bruxism).
•  You have lost teeth as a result of decay.
•  Severe oral trauma.
•  Your teeth and jaw are severely misaligned, which then causes serious jaw pain (temporomandibular joint disorder).

Getting Your Exam

Before receiving treatment, a comprehensive oral exam is required. During this exam, we check all areas of your mouth to determine the best treatment(s) for your specific needs. Along with a complete visual exam, we will also take x-ray images, impressions, and pictures. We will look at several different components of your mouth, including:
•  The condition of your teeth. We inspect your teeth for signs of decay, fractures, chips, tooth wear, and other damage. This allows us to determine the best restorative options for your mouth.
•  The condition of your gums. We check your gums for signs of gum disease (and its extent), looking for issues such as redness, swelling, gum recession, periodontal pocket depth, and even excess gum tissue. This helps us to determine any necessary periodontal treatments.
•  The condition of your jaw. We look at your jawbone to assess its strength and stability.
•  The condition of your bite. We will check the alignment of your teeth and your jaw. If the alignment is off, this can cause significant jaw and temporomandibular joint pain, as well as excessive and uneven wear on your teeth. Problems with alignment can affect other necessary treatments, so these issues are often addressed first.

After the condition of your mouth has been assessed, we can then move forward and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Often, this requires us to work with other specialists (interdisciplinary dentistry). We will outline all of your necessary treatments and determine the order in which they need to occur.

Common Procedures for Full Mouth Reconstruction

A full mouth reconstruction is unique to each dental patient, as your specific needs are unique to you. Procedures often take place over a series of dental visits, and treatment can take up to a year or more to achieve the desired results. Procedures that are commonly performed for a full mouth reconstruction include:
•  Scaling and root planing.
•  Crowns and veneers.
•  Composite resin fillings (tooth colored).
•  Root canal therapy.
•  Gum recontouring.
•  Crown lengthening.
•  Orthodontics.
•  Dental implants.
•  Oral surgery.

If your mouth has been affected by oral health issues, a full mouth reconstruction can restore its aesthetics, functions, and health. Call Neil Starr DDS PC today at (202) 897-0015 to schedule your appointment.


Neil L. Starr, DDS, PC

Washington Office

1234 19th Street N.W. #306
Washington DC, 20036
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