Reasons for full-mouth reconstruction
Full-mouth reconstruction may be recommended for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:
- Teeth that have been fractured or damaged as a result of an accident
- Teeth which have been lost due to severe decay or trauma
- Teeth which have become extremely eroded due to long-term problems with acid reflux or tooth grinding
- Persistent jaw, muscle, ear, and head pain which means that your bite needs to be adjusted
Determining the need for full-mouth reconstruction
In determining whether a full-mouth reconstruction is right for you, your dentist will conduct a series of thorough examinations. This will help him/her to understand the extent of the work that needs to be carried out and identify which treatment option will be the most suitable and effective to make the necessary corrections. These may involve x-rays, photographs, and impressions as well as regular physical examinations. These will likely include:
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), jaw muscles, and bite (occlusion)
The way you bite can have a dramatic effect on the wear and tear of your jaw muscles and teeth. In some cases, it will be necessary for you to be referred to an orthodontist to correct your bite before any other reconstructive work can take place.
Periodontal (gum) health
Healthy gums are vitally important for good oral health. If you go into reconstructive procedures with unhealthy gums you will likely be required to have treatment to restore your gums to full health before any other reconstructive treatment can occur. This is to ensure that your new teeth will have a good, solid foundation so that they have the maximum longevity possible.