If your dentist thinks you might be a candidate for mouth reconstruction, you will begin with an evaluation to figure out specifically what procedures you'll need.
What Treatments Are Involved?
Each full mouth reconstruction is unique. Your dentist will evaluate the health of your teeth, gums and jaw. The overall look of your teeth is the final consideration in developing your dental treatment plan. During this initial phase, your dentist may refer you to dental specialists to determine what specific care you need. You may need a special type of dentist called a prosthodontist to oversee your care. Prosthodontists are specially trained to manage the complexity of a full mouth reconstruction and can act as the "architect" of your treatment plan.
Full mouth reconstruction will involve several treatments. Your dentist may recommend one or more of the following, depending on your specific situation:
- Tooth filling and root canal treatment
- Scaling and root planing
- A bite repositioning orthodontic appliance
- Mouthguard or night guard
- Dental crown
- Dental inlays and dental onlays
- Dental implants or a dental bridge
- Dental bonding
- Teeth whitening
- Dental braces
As you might have guessed, the process takes time. It isn't uncommon for a full mouth reconstruction to take at least a year to complete.
Where Do I Begin?
Once your dentist determines what procedures you need, you will set up treatment phases and establish a time frame for completing care. At this stage, it's key to talk about the cost of your care and what your dental insurance covers. You'll want to make sure the dentist can create a payment plan you can afford.
With the amount of work involved in a full mouth reconstruction, it's natural to feel overwhelmed. Not only can mouth reconstruction be expensive, but it will undoubtedly involve several treatments performed over a period of time. Start by taking the first step -- speak with your dentist to determine if you are a candidate. Then consider getting a few opinions to ensure you find the right fit for your needs.