Are You a Good Candidate For Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
Going by the name, full mouth reconstruction refers to correcting and rebuilding either all the teeth, or using more than one method to restore missing and lost teeth.
It is also about taking care of the mouth from the point of view of not just functionality, but also aesthetics and health, so that it can function at its full capacity.
So whenever almost all the teeth need some sort of repair or treatment, along with gums issues, it is referred to as full mouth rehabilitation or full mouth reconstruction.
Who needs full mouth reconstruction?
There are two types of people who may need full mouth reconstruction.
1) Those who are genetically disposed
People born with certain medical conditions may require exhaustive dental work to make their mouth fully operational again.
2) Those who have lost several teeth
Second category of people who require full mouth reconstruction include people who
- have lost many teeth
- have many teeth which have been worked upon for root canal treatment
- have many teeth with dental fillings in them to treat cavities
- have cracked or broken teeth
- have teeth which are totally worn out due to many reasons, one of which could be bruxism
People from both these categories are good candidates for full mouth reconstruction.
What does your Prosthodontic surgeon do?
When you visit your dentist for your dental problems, he will examine your teeth and gums and will discuss options with you. In cases that require extensive rehabilitation, he will refer you to a prosthodontic surgeon.
Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry which deals with not only the replacing and repairing missing and lost tooth, but also deals with the hard and soft tissues of the moth and problems related to them.
A prosthodontic is a specialist who has been trained for extra 3 years after completing the degree course of dentistry and who can deal with problems of the entire mouth including soft and hard tissues, as well as teeth and gums. He can also reconstruct mouth and jaw structures with prothesis like bridges, braces, dental implants and dentures.
Options available for full mouth reconstruction
Your dentist will get you an appointment with a prosthodontic who will show you your options of full mouth rehabilitation including crowns, inlays and onlays, dental veneers and dental implants, bridges, and dentures. These procedures will give your oral health a new life and give you a new better smile.
In the case of people suffering from oral cancer, the prosthodontic will have to reconstruct the mouth in a special way, where the dentist will not only replace the lost teeth but also reconstruct the oral cavity which may have been damaged by cancer.
When considering total reconstruction of the mouth your dentist will have to coordinate with other dental specialists who will look into various aspects of dental treatment required for full mouth reconstruction. Your dentist will work as a coordinator who will see that each aspect of dental treatment is attended to by a specialist. This team who will be responsible for total mouth rehabilitation consists of specialities like endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology, orthodontics, orthodontal orthopaedics, periodontics and prosthodontics.
These categories of specialist dental workers sound quite formidable, but it is part of full mouth rehabilitation and it can be done with team work. Combining all these aspects of dentistry will help in achieving the result which the patient wants: the happy smile and healthy mouth.
Each individual patient comes with different set of issues, and therefore each full mouth restoration is unique to that person. Your dentist will find the right solutions with the help of required specialists, and will try to be design a treatment which is least invasive.
Sometimes when an invasive treatment is called for, the dentist will consult your physician and discuss your general health before going ahead.
Why are full mouth rehabilitations needed?
Restoration of teeth and restructuring of hard tissues are necessary for the oral health of an individual. Teeth are not designed to regrow and heal on their own. Human intervention is necessary for restoration and rehabilitation of teeth.
Human beings are programmed to get a set of teeth twice in their life. First time the teeth begin to appear when the child is about a few months old. A set of 20 teeth appear one after the other and will serve the child for a few years, if well cared for. Then at about age 6 years of age, the temporary teeth start to fall to make room for permanent set of teeth. This set of teeth should last for a lifetime, but due to lifestyle changes and a host of other reasons, the permanent teeth are usually lost or grow in ways which are not pleasing to eye, and may harm the oral and general health of the individual.
When these dental issues involve many teeth, and become a threat, the dentist may advise you to go for a total rehabilitation of the mouth. In these cases, as the dentist explains, the full mouth rehabilitation becomes a necessity, not an option. When your teeth get chipped or cracked, they cannot regrow like the tissues in the rest of our bodies. When these problems occur and are taken care of in time, there will be no need for full mouth reconstruction.
But in some cases, patients come up to the dental office with a number of dental issues which involve more than a single tooth, in addition to gum disease and related forms of problems. When these problems pile up, they need to be corrected one by one.
In such cases, full mouth reconstruction becomes imperative, so that the dentist can solve dental issues in proper order and in a series of sittings in a given period and give your dental make up a new life. This kind of restorative dentistry is designed to solve multiple problems at one go, and give you a better smile with better oral health.
What treatments are involved in Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
Usually, the dentist will consider to carry out the procedures from various branches of dentistry including; periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, cosmetic dentistry procedures like dental crowns, dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, and procedures to improve bite.