Your Quick Guide on Full Mouth Reconstruction
When you need extensive dental work, it’s best to look at the big picture of everything that needs to be done vs. treating each dental problem one at a time.
This method is called a full mouth reconstruction. Other interchangeable terms are full mouth rehabilitation or full mouth restoration.
Why should you opt for a full mouth reconstruction?
From a wellness standpoint:
It’ll improve your oral and overall health, treat painful dental-related problems, enhance your smile’s appearance, boost your confidence, and more!
From a convenience standpoint:
It’ll likely save you money, eliminate unnecessary treatments, and minimize the overall number of appointments.
What is a full mouth reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction is a complex dental treatment plan that focuses on rebuilding or restoring your teeth and gums.
It can include a combination of general, cosmetic, and/or restorative dentistry procedures.
Full mouth reconstruction is usually performed by a skilled dentist, someone with cosmetic and restorative dentistry experience. Sometimes dental specialists, like a periodontist or oral surgeon, are involved in the process too.
What’s the difference between full mouth reconstruction and smile makeover?
A smile makeover is elective.
Its primary goal is to improve your smile’s aesthetics. Although most skilled cosmetic dentists, like ours, won’t overlook ways to also improve your health and function.
Generally, candidates for smile makeovers don’t have extensive dental problems, like gum disease or bite issues, which may compromise the effectiveness or longevity of the cosmetic dental work, if not appropriately treated first.
Whereas full mouth reconstruction is something you need.
Its primary goal is to improve your smile’s health and function. However, most of the treatments used today, like crowns, improve your smile’s aesthetics simultaneously.
Candidates for full mouth reconstruction often have one or more of the following:
- Dental or facial pain, including TMJ
- Gum disease
- Periodontal disease
- Decayed teeth
- Missing teeth
- Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Misaligned, spaced, or gapped teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Dental trauma
- Stained, discolored, or yellowed teeth
- Root canal issues
- Restorations in need of replacing
What procedures are included in a full mouth rehabilitation?
The types of procedures vary from case to case.
To determine what you need, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth. This may include x-rays, photographs, impressions, and other dental technology.
They’ll likely spend one-on-one time with you to understand your needs, concerns, and goal.
From there, your dentist will provide you with one or more possible treatment plans, which may include a combination of any of the following full mouth reconstruction procedures:
- Inlays or onlays
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental bonding
- Teeth whitening
- Crown lengthening
- Dental implants
- All-on-4® dental implants
- Bone or soft tissue graft
- Periodontal gum therapy
- Scaling and root planing
- TMJ treatment
- Orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery)
How long does full mouth reconstruction take?
It depends on the number of treatments, types of treatments, condition of your health, etc.
You may also choose to work with your dentist to spread out treatments in a budget-friendly manner and to maximize dental insurance.
How much does it cost for full mouth reconstruction?
Again, this depends on many factors.
According to this Consumer Guide to Dentistry article, the average cost per tooth may vary between $800 to $1,500 at a minimum.
To find out for certain, we recommend scheduling a consultation with your dentist for a customized quote based on your unique case.
Is it covered by dental insurance?
Many dental insurance plans cover a portion of restorative dental procedures.
Generally, dental insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic dentistry.
What and how much your insurance covers will depend on your plan, the diagnosis, and treatment plan.
Worried about costs?
Ask your dentist about financing options!
Many dentists who offer full mouth reconstructions don’t expect you to have the full amount readily available, which is why they often offer in-house or third-party financing.
Full mouth reconstruction before-and-after photos
Get inspired by this real full mouth rehabilitation patient from Tempe, AZ.
She came to our dentist, Dr. Robert F. Walker, in Chandler, AZ because she had:
- Bite issues
- Chronic headaches
- Chronic jaw pain
Dr. Walker was able to restore her smile’s function and eliminate pain with:
- Porcelain Veneers
Now, she has a straight smile that looks decades younger and a renewed amount of self-esteem!
Want Dr. Walker’s recommendations for your full mouth reconstruction?
Schedule a consultation at Robert F. Walker Jr., DDS.
Dr. Walker is uniquely qualified as a cosmetic and restorative dentist in Chandler, AZ.
- Offers a range of dental services under one roof (often eliminates the need for specialists)
- Accepts dental insurance and provides third-party financing with CareCredit… This text opens a new tab to the CareCredit website…
- Fellowship in the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies… This text opens a new tab to the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies website…
- Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry… This text opens a new tab to the Academy of General Dentistry website…
He’ll help you custom design your new smile, so it looks natural and lasts!
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Our office is located in Chandler, AZ… This text opens a new tab to our location on Google… and serves patients from Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, and Tempe.