Full mouth restoration refers to rebuilding and/or replacing all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. It often requires full mouth reconstruction, combining esthetics with the science of restorative dentistry to improve and restore a patient’s health, function, and smile.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Full Mouth Restoration?
You may be an ideal candidate for a full mouth restoration if you have one or more of the following dental problems
- Multiple missing teeth (due to periodontitis or oral cancer)
- Numerous teeth with large fillings that are failing or exhibiting decay
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Badly worn teeth due to teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Hypersensitive teeth due to severely worn dentition
- An irregular bite
- Jawbone damage
- Issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) (e.g., jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds when opening the mouth)
For patients who have severely worn teeth that are also hypersensitive, they may have difficulty eating because of the condition of their teeth.
For any patient experiencing one or more of these dental problems, a full mouth restoration can improve both function and esthetics quite significantly.
Additionally, you would also be a candidate for a full mouth restoration if you were born with a genetic condition such as ectodermal dysplasia, amelogenesis, or dentinogenesis imperfecta. A patient with any of these conditions usually requires extensive restoration of their teeth.
What Can Belmont Family Dentistry Do For You?
In using the latest in technology, our dedicated team, which includes a highly-skilled oral surgeon and a state-of-the-art dental lab, will provide you with a complete, customized treatment that allows you to walk out of our office with fully functioning teeth.
What Is Involved In The Consultation?
Your consultation for full mouth restoration will include a review of
- Your medical history including any autoimmune disorders or heart problems
- Your medication and known allergies
- Your dental history
- Your lifestyle or personal habits that may affect your oral health (e.g., smoking, heavy drinking, illegal drug use)
Dr. Tinkle or Dr. Yoon will also perform a comprehensive oral, head and neck examination to assess the condition of your teeth (e.g., cavities, decay, chips/cracks, root canal problems, or excessive wear); the condition of your gums (e.g., excessive or insufficient gum tissue or signs of periodontal disease); your bite (e.g., pain when you close your mouth or chew, TMJ or jaw muscles); and the appearance of your teeth (e.g., shape, size, color and uniformity). These will all be assessed to establish the extent of the problems and the correction needed.
X-rays and a scan of your teeth will also be taken to have visual images of the structures of your mouth and photographs will be taken of your teeth and face for before and after pictures.
Additionally, your doctor will create a digital design of where your teeth are and where they will be after treatment. Digital scanning technology also helps to create a three-dimensional model of any planned restorations or prosthetics.
What Happens After The Consultation?
After your consultation, your doctor will develop a treatment plan based on the results of your exam and diagnostics. Recommendations will include a combination of treatments and procedures that will help you achieve the best results–restored oral health and a complete set of healthy teeth.
What Treatment Options Are Available For Full Mouth Restoration?
At Belmont Family Dentistry, treatment options for full mouth restoration may include a combination of general and/or restorative dentistry procedures, including
- Placement of dental restorations like crowns, veneers, fillings, inlays, onlays, bridges, dentures or dental implants
- Root canal therapy
- Gum recontouring
- TMJ disorder treatment
- Dental extraction
- Corrective jaw surgery
- Deep cleanings
- Crown lengthening
- Bone or soft tissue grafting
- Dental implants
Any combination of these procedures will not only provide you with a smile makeover but they will also improve your oral health and function.
For patients who have oral cancer, treatment options may include the replacement of missing teeth as well as restoration of missing structures of the oral cavity. In such cases, our team of professionals will work together to develop the best treatment plan that meets your needs.
How Long Does Full Mouth Restoration Take?
Full mouth restoration can take a day, a month, or a year. It all depends on the specific procedures and treatments identified in your treatment plan for your full mouth restoration. In general, complicated treatment plans require multiple phases and office visits to achieve the optimal, desired results.
What Are The Benefits Of Full Mouth Restoration?
Full mouth restoration offers the following benefits to patients:
- Restored oral health
- Restored oral function (improved ability to bite and chew normally without pain)
- Improved appearance of your teeth and smile
- Improved confidence
Improved overall well-being (as there is a direct link between oral health and systemic health)
How Much Does A Full Mouth Restoration Cost?
After a thorough examination, including a review of your medical and dental history and a comprehensive dental exam, your doctor will develop a plan tailored to your unique needs, along with an up-front, all-inclusive cost.
The cost of your full mouth restoration usually depends on several factors including
- Treatments and procedures performed
- Materials used to construct your restorations and prosthetics
- Dental sedation used to keep you comfortable and relaxed
- State-of-the-art equipment used
- Expected laboratory charges
- Number of appointments needed
- Coordination of care with other specialists
As part of our commitment to you, this cost estimate will help you understand fully the investment you are making.
For patients needing extensive dental work, we do offer financing options. Sometimes you may opt to split your full mouth restoration treatments into stages, allowing you to spread the costs out over a few months or a year.
What Is Dental Sedation?
According to Mouth Healthy brought to you by the American Dental Association, there are several medications available to help patients have more relaxed, comfortable dental visits. Your doctor will discuss all of these options with you. Some drugs control pain, some help you relax, and others put you into a deep sleep during dental treatment. You and your doctor can discuss a number of factors when deciding which drugs to use for your treatment. The type of procedure, your overall health, history of allergies and your anxiety level are considered when determining which approach is best for your particular case.
Does Insurance Cover Full Mouth Restoration?
You should check with your dental insurance provider to see if you are eligible for partial or complete coverage of full mouth restoration. Some plans have limitations where they may cover, for example, metal restoration but ceramic restoration would be an out-of-pocket expense. If you need help figuring out your coverage options, our front office staff will assist you to the best of their ability.
At Belmont Family Dentistry, we value the quality of our work as much as we care about your comfort–that’s why we provide the latest technology while still giving you the warm, personable attention we’re known for delivering. By working together, we’re able to give you the teeth you deserve–and a dental experience you’ll love.
If you or a loved one is in need of full mouth restoration, please give us a call at (503) 234-1218 to schedule a consultation and experience our team-based, compassionate care.