Full mouth reconstructions are restorative procedures that are generally required when an entire mouthful of teeth is missing, severely damaged or decayed, or has been affected by gum disease. In most cases, a full mouth reconstruction consists of removing the damaged or decayed teeth, and then placing an all-on-four implant supported denture on both the top and bottom jaw. In some cases, gum grafting or contouring procedures may also be performed during a full mouth reconstruction.
Did You Know?
Full mouth reconstructions can be performed for cosmetic or oral health reasons. In both cases, the goal is to restore the natural function of the missing teeth, as well as to improve the appearance of the smile.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a full mouth reconstruction?
You may need a full mouth reconstruction if you have an entire mouth that has been affected by severe damage, decay, or gum disease. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for a full mouth reconstruction, schedule a consultation with Park City Dental today.
What can I expect when having a full mouth reconstruction at Park City Dental?
When having a full mouth reconstruction at Park City Dental, you can first expect that any severely decayed or damaged teeth will be extracted. Then, you will have four dental implants placed in each arch that are used to support a denture. Depending on the condition of your gums, additional periodontal procedures may also be performed.
To place your dental implants, a minor oral surgery is needed. First, Our doctor will make a small incision in your gums to reach the jawbone. Then the empty tooth socket will be shaped and prepared for the implant screw. Once the implant screw has been placed in the jawbone, the metal abutment will be screwed on so that it sticks out from under the gums. The gums will be sutured up around the abutment and a temporary restoration will be placed. Once the implants have healed, a dental impression will be taken and used to fabricate the permanent restoration.
What can I expect after having a full mouth reconstruction?
After having a full mouth reconstruction, you can expect to experience some minor discomfort and swelling for the first few days after surgery. Our doctor will also provide you with postoperative instructions to follow while you recover. While these instructions can vary, they generally revolve around keeping the treatment area clean, temporarily modifying your brushing routine, managing pain and swelling, and eating a temporary soft foods diet. On average, it takes about two weeks for the incisions to heal, but around 3-6 months for the implants to completely fuse with the surrounding bone. During this time, it is extremely important to follow your dentist’s directions to prevent implant failure.