How Can A Full Mouth Restoration Improve My Smile?

Full Mouth Restoration is a term dentists and patient coordinators use to describe dental procedures that help to rebuild/restore teeth in both the patient’s upper and lower jaws. After making an appointment with your dentist, you will travel to your selected clinic, where you will be prepared to restore your smile.

First, patients will be diagnosed by a professional. One of our professionals will enter and personally interact with the patient and explain the Full Mouth Restoration options that are available. Options included are:

Before performing any of the above options, the dentist will recommend a deep cleaning. This procedure is useful because it will prevent any possible infections that could arise after the Full Mouth Restoration and it will indicate the level of sensitivity the patient has. This will help the dentist determine if sedation is required and which procedure will be best for the patient. Now, let’s see how each Full Mouth Restoration option is performed.

Full Mouth Restoration – Steps and Procedures

After being diagnosed, one may need to undergo several “initial procedures”. These procedures will shape your jaw bone and prepare your jaw for the restoration. Below is a list of procedures that might be needed. Please note that each patient is different and you may not need all of these “initial procedures”. We will refer to these “initial procedures” as Phase I in this post. Phase II will refer to the recovery time needed after the “initial procedures” have been finished. To speed-up recovery time, your dentist might recommend a specific dental procedure, depending on the procedure the patient has done. Final Phase will refer to the last stage of your treatment, the dental procedures that will be done after your jaw has been reshaped and has recovered.

Dental Implants

Phase I

Extractions: Any tooth that is too damaged or could interrupt the restoration process will be extracted.

Alveoplasty: This is a dental surgery that smooths the jawbone. This procedure is usually done at the same time that the extraction is performed, as this will reduce the risk of future complications.

Bone Graft: This dental procedure is done to reinforce the jaw bone and strengthen the area where the implant will be placed.

Sinus Lift: This dental surgery adds bone graft to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. This procedure is used to strengthen the area where the implant will be placed.

Phase II

Laser Therapy: The dentist will recommend this procedure to speed-up the recovery process and prevent oral infections.

Final Phase

Dental Implants: Dental implants are the best solution to replace missing teeth. A dental implant will have the same strength and stability as a natural tooth. In addition, a dental implant will look and feel like a natural tooth.

Dental Bridge

Phase I

Extractions: Any tooth that is too damaged or could interrupt the restoration process will be extracted.

Phase II

Laser Therapy: The dentist will recommend this procedure to speed-up the recovery process and prevent oral infections.

Final Phase

Your jaw is now ready to have the dental bridge placed.

Dental Bridge: A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge prevents bite imbalances as they serve as anchors, preventing other teeth from shifting and/or rotating.

Removable Dentures

Phase I

Extractions: Any tooth that is too damaged or could interrupt the restoration process will be extracted.

Alveoplasty: This is a dental surgery that smooths the jawbone. This procedure is usually done at the same time that the extraction is performed, as this will reduce the risk of future complications.

Torus Surgery: This procedure will be performed to remove any abnormal bone growth discovered after the extraction.

Final Phase

With most dentists you have the following denture options:

Temporal Denture: This type of denture are flexible, affordable and can be removed on a daily basis. They are placed immediately after the teeth have been extracted.

Snap-On Denture: This snap-on procedure is similar to a permanent denture — they go over dental implants. An additional attribute that this denture offers is its ability to be removed.

Now that the dentures have been placed, it’s time to recover.

Dental Crowns

Phase I

Root Canal: A dental treatment in which an inflamed, infected, or dead tooth root is removed.  This procedure focuses on repairing and saving the patient’s tooth.

Phase II

After treating infected teeth, it’s time to place the crown. What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap. The crown is used to support a broken or weakens tooth, to cover a misshaped tooth, to cover severely discolored teeth, to cover a dental implant, or to make other cosmetic modifications.

Final Phase

Now that the crown(s) have been placed, it’s time to recover, and laser therapy will reduce the risk of infection and speed-up recovering time.

All on 4, 6, or 8 Procedure

Phase I

Alveoplasty: This is a dental surgery that smooths the jawbone. This procedure is usually done at the same time that the extraction is performed, as this will reduce the risk of future complications.

Extractions: Any tooth that is too damaged or could interrupt the restoration process will be extracted.

Bone Graft: This dental procedure is done to reinforce the jaw bone and strengthen the area where the implant will be placed.

Sinus Lift: This dental surgery adds bone graft to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. This procedure is used to strengthen the area where the implant will be placed.

Phase II

Now your jaw is ready to have the implants placed. Keep in mind that an all on 4, 6, or 8 involves the placement of several implants. The cementation of this implants could take months, but once cemented, your perfect smile will be one step closer.

Dental Implants: Dental implants are the best solution to replace missing teeth. A dental implant will have the same strength and stability as a natural tooth. In addition, a dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth.

Permanent Denture: This is an implant supported denture. Unlike temporal dentures, these dentures offer you jaw support and are attached to implants.

All on 4: 4 Implants are placed on your jaw, to rehabilitate the patient smile and teeth.

All on 6: 6 Implants are placed on your jaw, to rehabilitate the patient smile and teeth.

All on 8: 8 Implants are placed on your jaw, to rehabilitate the patient smile and teeth.

Final Phase

Now that the all on 4, 6, or 8 has been placed, it’s time to recover, and laser therapy will reduce the risk of infection and speed-up recovering time.

Content provided by Carlos Brian Hernandez, Sani Dental Group

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