As a Board Certified Prosthodontist, most of the referrals I receive come from other specialists and general dentists. Many of these are patients in need of a Full Mouth Reconstruction. This will be the first of a series of blogs in which I will address the most common questions regarding this type of treatment.
What is really a Mouth Reconstruction?
When enough teeth on your jaws have to be fixed or replaced to modify or restore your bite that is considered a mouth reconstruction. Not all the teeth have to be treated. Doing a full set of veneers on your front teeth is not really a full mouth reconstruction, but veneers can be a part of a bigger plan intending to do so.
Having said that, you can figure there are different degrees and complexities proportional to the amount of damage. A full mouth reconstruction requires advanced knowledge and clinical experience applied. The challenge is to establish a new functional bite, maintaining proper esthetics and provide you with teeth that last. So only Prosthodontists are trained to perform Full Mouth Reconstructions. It takes a rigorous full time training of three additional years to regular dental school to qualify to perform these kinds of procedures with adequate outcomes.
A Prosthodontist also should be able to give you multiple options to achieve your oral rehabilitation. Depending of what led you to your current condition, he or she will advise on the type of reconstruction needed including extractions, dental implants and/or materials to be used on your restoration.
On the blogs to follow, as I will discuss the following seven common causes and their respective treatment options.
- Extremely worn dentition
- Advanced Carious lesions (many cavities)
- Advanced Periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Chronic bite problems
- Missing teeth
- TMD problems
- Inadequate dental work
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