While many people undergo multiple procedures to improve the appearance of their teeth, a full mouth rehabilitation aims to improve the health and functionality of your entire mouth. While you might get some cosmetic treatments done at the same time, the end goal is to rebuild or restore your teeth, gums, and jaw.
At the dental practice of Dr. AnnMarie Olson in Austin, Texas, full mouth rehabilitation can restore a patient’s smile, boost their self-confidence, and improve their self-esteem.
What’s included in a full mouth reconstruction?
Everyone’s mouth is different, so no two reconstructions are the same. We perform an in-depth examination during your consultation to identify issues with your jawbone, teeth, and gums. Then, you have a chance to discuss your goals and expectations with us.
From there, you and Dr. Olson can decide what procedures will be included in your treatment. Your reconstruction might involve:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Jaw surgery
- Bone grafting
- Gum treatments
Depending on the condition of your mouth, it might take up to 12 months to fully reconstruct your teeth and jaw. The objective is to correct fundamental issues like a misaligned bite, damaged teeth, and unhealthy gums.
If you have a fear of dentists, or feel uncomfortable about the idea of undergoing multiple procedures, don’t worry. We can use sedation dentistry to make you more comfortable during the procedures, and you’ll be given adequate pain relief as part of your aftercare.
When reconstruction is necessary
If you frequently experience pain or discomfort due to your oral health problems, it might be a sign that reconstruction is necessary. While acute problems like toothaches, gingivitis, or singular missing teeth can be handled on a case-by-case basis, more serious issues might require a more intense rehabilitation process.
For example, if you have multiple missing teeth, seriously damaged teeth, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you might need a notable amount of work done. Instead of struggling to piece together a treatment plan over the course of years, a full mouth restoration can give you a chance to correct everything in one fell swoop.
First, we examine your gums. Your gums are the arguably the most important part of your mouth. They hold your teeth in place, and unhealthy gums can lead to a higher rate of tooth decay, tooth loss, and infection. If we see gum disease, Dr. Olson might use deep cleaning, scaling and root planing, and soft tissue grafts to rebuild the tissue.
Next are the teeth. We check your teeth for signs of decay, cracking, or instability. If you have missing teeth, we look at the surrounding teeth and jawbone to see if implants, bridges, or veneers can help.
Finally, we consider your jawbone. If your damaged teeth and discomfort are caused by grinding, TMJ disease, or an improper bite, Dr. Olson might recommend solutions like surgery, orthotics, or nightguards to protect your teeth.
Tired of living in pain? Have previous attempts at correcting your teeth fallen flat? Learn more about full mouth reconstruction by calling Dr. AnnMarie Olson at 512-212-5231, or visit the contact page for more information.