What is a full mouth reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction consists of a number of procedures which result in a mouth that has a beautiful appearance, functions normally, and improves oral health. It is a customized treatment plan because it addresses the numerous dental issues of a specific patient. It is labeled as “full mouth reconstruction” or full mouth restoration because it involves more than one dental or cosmetic procedure.
Dental Reconstruction Treatments
The most common procedures in a full mouth reconstruction include:
- Bone grafting to strengthen the jaw
- Orthodontics to straighten teeth
- Veneers or crowns to reshape, resize, strengthen, and/or whiten teeth
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Gum contouring
- Reconstructive dental surgery
Who needs a full mouth reconstruction?
If a patient has multiple conditions that need to be addressed to result in a properly functioning mouth, they are likely to be a candidate for a full mouth reconstruction. This condition requires an overall vision and strategy to address the multiple areas of concern.
This procedure is necessary to confront the following conditions:
- Patients who might need a full mouth reconstruction may have:
- multiple missing teeth,
- teeth with large fillings that are cracking or decaying,
- broken teeth, and
- jaw misalignment.
- periodontal disease
- There are a few conditions that can potentially predispose a patient to require a full mouth reconstruction including Ectodermal Dysplasia, Ameliogenesis, and Dentinogenisis Imperfecta.
- X-rays will help determine if a patient needs a full mouth reconstruction, and if so, what specific procedures will be necessary for a full dental restoration.
Teeth Reconstruction Treatment Options
Full mouth reconstruction treatment options are unique to each patient and will result in different combinations for each person, depending on their goals. The more typical options include:
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Implants
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Bridges or Dentures
- Implant-Supported Dentures
- Porcelain Dental Veneers
How long does a full mouth reconstruction take?
The time it takes to complete a full dental reconstruction depends on the individual patient and their particular treatments and goals. It can vary between at least several months and can last up to a year or more. The majority of treatment time involves completing the procedures. Patients with less severe cases can expect 1 to 3 months to finish. Patients with more intense reconstruction needs can expect anywhere from 4 to 12 months to complete their treatments.
Your dentist will be able to give you an estimated time frame for your specific case. Although it is admittedly a lengthy process, many of our patients have expressed that the treatment is worth it in the end to gain these benefits.
Benefits of a Full Mouth Dental Reconstruction
Depending on your specific case, the goals and results of your dental reconstruction can vary. Generally, patients can experience the following benefits:
- Improved health and function — lowers your risk of future oral health complications
- Stronger dental foundation — aligned teeth and healthy bone structure will help maintain your new reconstructed mouth over time
- Improved appearance and aesthetics, resulting in increased confidence
- Living life with increased comfort
How much does a full mouth reconstruction cost?
Analogous to how long a dental reconstruction takes, the cost of the procedure also varies depending on what treatments you are receiving. Less intensive reconstructions will cost less due to their requiring fewer treatments. More intensive reconstructions will cost more. During your initial consultation, your dentist will provide an estimate that encompasses all of the necessary treatments for your mouth restoration.
Full mouth reconstruction can cost between $15,000-$40,000 for moderate full mouth restoration. However, extensive reconstruction can range from $45,000-$80,000 or more depending on the condition of the teeth and jaws, and the type and amount of procedures required.
If you have dental insurance, a full mouth restoration can often be more affordable. Some insurance plans will cover some or all treatments under a full mouth reconstruction plan. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to find out what level of coverage you might have for your customized plan.
Caring for your New Mouth
Once we complete your full dental restoration, our team will give you a detailed plan to ensure your new mouth will remain healthy for years to come. This plan could potentially include 1) scheduling check-up appointments every 6 months and 2) an at-home oral routine that could include specific products to target issues.
Learn More about Dental Reconstructions
Undergoing a full mouth reconstruction yields many benefits. Along with improved functionality of the mouth, patients also experience better overall oral health leading to increased confidence. Although it is not an easy or quick fix, full-mouth reconstructions are typically regarded as “worth it” by many patients.
To learn more about full mouth reconstructions, visit our Services page to see what dental services we provide our patients, and what might be involved in your dental restoration.