Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Full mouth rehabilitation, or reconstruction, refers to the process of completely restoring all of the teeth in your mouth. Full mouth reconstruction, is a necessary series of dental procedures, recommended by the prosthodontist to correct extreme circumstances of tooth loss and general dental breakdown, to treat oral dysfunctions, or to restore lost oral structures as a result of disease or trauma. Dental reconstruction or rehabilitation is an intense, detailed, and meticulously completed procedure which is best performed by a prosthodontist who is trained and has specialized in utilizing advanced restorative techniques and is skilled in using the proper materials to provide the best long term results and expectations from this involved procedure.
Procedures Involved in Full Mouth Reconstruction
Every patient’s full mouth reconstruction is different, and, therefore, requires various procedures and techniques usually specific to the patient’s need. A complete dental rehabilitation often spans the realm of dental prosthetics ranging from single tooth fillings to complex restorations utilizing multiple materials and means of support. Any full mouth reconstruction requires several office visits and often appointments lasting several hours. Dr. Fischer will determine which procedure or combination of procedures is necessary to restore and rehabilitate your dentition to a healthy, functional state. He will also refer you to other dental specialists if needed. Some options may include:
- A Periodontist for crown lengthening procedures to expose additional tooth structure under the surrounding bone or soft tissues or to treat localized periodontal (gum) disease
- An Oral Surgeon for non-restorable tooth extraction, to place implants, bone grafts, or to reposition the jaw (orthognathic surgery) if the need is determined.
- An Endodontist to perform root canal therapy if a tooth nerve is exposed from decay, fracture or extreme wear.
- An Orthodontist to repositon teeth so that proper positional relationships may be achieved prior to restorative procedures.
- A physician to assess the patient’s general physical condition to determine if it suspected a systemic problem is attributing to the patient’s dental or oral breakdown.