If you have a lot of decayed teeth in your mouth, it would take a dentist a very long time to replace each tooth, and this would get expensive for you. Instead, your dentist may suggest a full mouth reconstruction. Below is some information on what this is and what it involves.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction completely rebuilds every tooth in your mouth including the lower and upper teeth. When the procedure is finished, your teeth will look normal again. In some cases, your teeth may even look better than they did before. For example, if you had very yellowed teeth, you will now have white teeth. This can make a big difference in the way your teeth look.
How Full Mouth Reconstruction Works
Full mouth reconstruction does not work the same for everyone. However, a variety of issues will be resolved. You may need one or several root canals done. You may need teeth extracted, have a sinus lift, or bone graft. You may need to have dental implants in your mouth.
Full mouth reconstruction can also involve getting crowns, bridges, or onlays. The dentist may choose veneers, or you may want dentures instead. The dentist will check your jawbone to make sure it does not have problems, such as being misaligned. If so, your jawbone will have to be fixed, which is done in many cases using dental implants. An orthodontist may be called if you need orthodontic treatment.
A full mouth reconstruction involves many visits to your dentist as this cannot all be done in one visit. You will have to be careful in between visits in how you use your teeth while eating and brushing. Your dentist will tell you much more about this.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Recovery
In most cases, you will have to take time off work in order to have the full mouth reconstruction done. This may be a few days or even longer. The recovery time will depend on what you had done.
Your recovery time for fillings and bridges will be much different than recovery time from dental implants or dentures.
The doctor will have you use an ice pack or cold compresses on your jaw to help with the pain. Your dentist may prescribe pain medication to take for a few days after the procedure if needed. It is important that you follow your dentist's instructions in order for you to heal correctly.
Talk with a local dentist about full mouth reconstruction and they can give you much more information.