Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Full mouth rehabilitation may also be referred to as reconstruction or restoration, interchangeably. This process can be described as rebuilding the structure of the mouth and restoring the teeth in both the upper and lower jaw. This type of surgery requires several of our trained staff, including general and restorative dentists, endodontists, oral surgeons, periodontitis, and orthodontists. You may require anywhere from one specialist to several depending on the type of full mouth rehabilitation we deem necessary. Each of our specialists and generalists at Lanier Valley Dentistry is fully trained and experienced to give you the most optimal results.
Why Would I need Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
A full mouth rehabilitation is different from a smile makeover in that it is usually a required medical surgery. A smile makeover is typically cosmetic, and it can be the difference in your insurance paying and paying out of pocket. A full mouth rehabilitation may result from a few unforeseen causes. Teeth that are lost due to severe decay or trauma often require extensive work to fix. If your teeth are riddled with injury, fractures, or are severely worn from tooth grinding or acid erosion, these are other common causes for a full mouth rehabilitation. There are rare cases where ongoing jaw, headache, or muscle pain require adjustments to the bite, which may require further work to the teeth.
How Is Your Full Mouth Rehabilitation Planned?
When you come in for rehabilitation, our team of experts will review your dental x-rays and perform manual comprehensive exams on your teeth, jawbone, and muscles to determine the best course of action. Our main goal when doing a full mouth rehabilitation is to ensure all of your problems are corrected through proper treatment.
We will first examine your teeth to determine which restorative procedures need to be performed. This can include restorative treatments such as inlays or onlays, bridges, dental implants, or crowns. We will also look carefully for any excessive decay, cavities, cracks, short or long teeth, tooth wear, and tooth movement that needs further examination.
Gum Tissue Examinations
Our next goal is to check the health and look of your periodontal tissue. We will first inspect the gums to see if you suffer from periodontal disease, which will need to be cleared up before any other treatment. We will perform a scaling and root planing technique and may prescribe an antibiotic. We will check for any deep pockets and excessive or insufficient gum tissue, where we will try to eliminate any of these issues through gum line reconstructive surgery. Lastly, we will check your bone density and overall structure. If new teeth are needed, a strong foundation is necessary to hold those new teeth together. We will offer a bone graft or tooth socket graft if we feel your bones will not sustain the new teeth we place.
The overall structure of your bite is important as part of your full mouth rehabilitation. We will examine the alignment of your upper and lower jaw to determine if you have an overbite or underbite. Occlusal changes are heavily considered at our offices and may require a night guard or reprogramming orthotic to stabilize your bite.
A full mouth rehabilitation can take anywhere from a few days to several years to complete, depending on the amount of surgery required to increase your oral health. Our office at Lanier Valley Dentistry takes procedures such as these as a serious matter and want to work on helping return the functionality and aesthetics of your teeth. Call us today at (678) 802-8654 to schedule an appointment.