Full Mouth Reconstruction – Explained

If you’ve heard the term “full mouth reconstruction” from a dentist or while exploring your options for restoring your smile, you might be wondering what it means, and what’s involved in the process. In this guide from Buckwalter Dental Care, we’ll explain everything you need to know.

What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction? Why Would I Need It?

Full mouth reconstruction is a term used to refer to a variety of different dental procedures that may be done to restore both your oral health and the appearance of your smile, particularly if you have many damaged, decayed, or infected teeth. 

For example, this could include things like dental crowns to repair damaged teeth, dental implants to replace missing teeth, oral surgeries to treat gum disease, and even treatments like veneers to cover up misshapen teeth. As the name implies, a full mouth reconstruction is meant to completely restore your smile, your bite, and your oral health. 

Most often, full mouth reconstruction is necessary for patients who have had severe oral health problems in the past, such as chronic gum disease or tooth decay. It may also be needed for people who have experienced major dental trauma, like a car accident that damages most of their teeth.

How Does Full Mouth Reconstruction Work? Explaining The Process

Every patient is different, and the process could take anywhere from a few months to a year or more, depending on the situation. However, there are a few basic steps that most people will go through when getting full mouth reconstruction. 

  • Get an initial consultation – Dr. Joel Darrah will start by examining your mouth, taking x-rays and images of your teeth, and assessing your overall oral health challenges. He will discuss your smile with you, and learn more about your budget, personal preferences, and situation to develop a custom treatment plan.

  • Developing your treatment plan – After your consultation, Dr. Darrah will design a treatment plan that will restore your smile and your bite completely. Once you approve, he will begin scheduling your consultations at Buckwalter Dental Care.

  • Treatment begins – Usually, restorative dentistry is the first step. You’ll get treatments like dental implants and crowns to restore missing or damaged teeth, and your oral health will be restored. After this, Dr. Darrah may recommend cosmetic treatments to complete your treatment.

  • Enjoy a bright new smile – Once your treatment is done, your smile will be completely restored. You’ll be able to eat normally, speak clearly, and smile proudly with your new smile.

How Is Full Mouth Reconstruction Different From A Smile Makeover?

These terms may seem similar, but they’re very different. Smile makeovers usually refer exclusively to cosmetic treatments, such as dental bonding, veneers, and teeth whitening. A smile makeover restores your appearance, but does not treat oral health problems.

Full mouth reconstruction does both. It restores both your oral health and the appearance of your teeth, so this is a better option if you have serious oral health problems like damaged or missing teeth.

Interested In Full Mouth Reconstruction? Contact Buckwalter Dental Care Today!

If you believe you are a good candidate for full mouth reconstruction in Bluffton, Dr. Darrah is here to help. To explore this treatment in further detail, just contact us online or give us a call at (843) 815-3232. We're always accepting new patients, and we look forward to meeting you and discussing your situation in further detail. 

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