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How to Prepare for Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction is often done for functionality and necessity, as opposed to solely aesthetic reasons. There are several other ways to improve the look of your smile.
If you are considering getting a full mouth reconstruction and have questions about preparing for this procedure, here is some information on the process.
What exactly is a full mouth reconstruction?
A full reconstruction of the mouth is an option for individuals who cannot be treated with less invasive methods like simple crowns, veneers and/or bridges. Getting a full mouth reconstruction can be quite a lengthy process — sometimes taking a year or more for the full procedure. All or most of the person’s teeth might be replaced with crowns and/or veneers.
An individual might need full mouth reconstruction for several reasons, including but not limited to:
- Trauma or injury
- Significant wearing down of teeth
- Pain related to jaw issues
Preparing for a full mouth reconstruction
The first step when it comes to preparing for a full mouth reconstruction is to see a qualified and certified dentist (or prosthodontist) to assess the condition of the teeth, gums and jaw. If there are immediate issues requiring treatment, the dentist will address those first, before beginning the first stages of reconstruction. These issues can include gum disease, intense pain and/or broken teeth.
Depending on the condition of the patient’s mouth, they might need other treatments before starting reconstruction. This can include treating periodontal disease or bone tissue related problems. This part of the process helps to ensure a strong foundation for the new teeth.
After addressing the urgent issues listed above, the dentist will conduct further assessments to prepare for the reconstruction. This will likely include x-rays, molds/models of the teeth, and visual inspections of the structures in the mouth.
One important aspect to note about a full reconstruction is that there is no such thing as an average procedure. Each patient’s issues will differ, requiring varying treatments to achieve pain-free and aesthetically pleasing teeth. For this reason, patients are encouraged to ask any questions they have. This will help to prepare them for the unique treatment they are about to receive.
Recovery and risks
The associated risks and recovery times for full mouth reconstruction vary from patient to patient. There will often be several procedures that are spaced out to allow for recovery time in between. Younger patients will also usually deal with fewer risks and speedier recoveries. Individuals with heart issues or other serious health conditions should inform their dentist before the procedure.
Keeping up with good oral health after the reconstruction is critical for optimal results. These results will not last long if the patient does not get into the habit and routine of good oral care, which includes brushing and flossing twice a day (but this can vary, so make sure you follow your dentist's recommendations). Using a quality mouthwash can also help tremendously.
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