November 28, 2016

Damaged or missing teeth are an unfortunate situation that causes a range of problems, including declining self-confidence, an inability to chew comfortably, pain and speech impediment. Some patients are turning to full mouth reconstruction to restore function and beauty to their teeth. Reconstruction may be right for you as well.


What Is It?

Full mouth reconstruction is the process of fully restoring or rebuilding a patient’s teeth in the upper and lower jaws. It is sometimes referred to as full mouth restoration or full mouth rehabilitation. A typical procedure requires the collaboration of general or restorative dentists as well as specialists, orthodontists, endodontists and oral surgeons. The number and type of doctors required depends on the individual situation.


Who Gets Reconstruction?

People lose teeth and require reconstruction for several reasons. Common reasons include decay, injuries, fractures or tooth erosion due to acid reflux or grinding. Sometimes a patient requires surgery to adjust the bite until it no longer causes jaw or muscle pain or headaches.


How Does the Process Work?

The process begins with a full examination. This exam determines the condition of current teeth, the health of the gums, joints and jaw muscles, and esthetics such as shape, size and proportion. Each of these factors determines what will happen during oral surgery. Each surgery has several different components, although not every surgery will require all components. Typical ones include:

  • Periodontal care
  • Crown lengthening
  • Repositioning of the jaw
  • Contouring of the gum tissue
  • Reduction of natural teeth
  • Placement of temporary restorations
  • Placement of permanent restorations
  • Braces
  • Placement of dental implants
  • Grafting of bone or soft tissue


How Do I Learn More?

You must meet some criteria to be approved for serious dental surgery. Dr. Gerry Curatola provides rejuvenation dentistry services and can help you determine if you qualify for full mouth reconstruction. Contact his office for more information.



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