What Does "Full Mouth Reconstruction" Mean?

Full mouth reconstruction, rehabilitation or restoration, are terms often used interchangeably to describe the process of rebuilding or restoring all of the teeth in your mouth, or many at a time on both the upper and lower jaws. Full mouth reconstruction can involve cosmetic dentistry treatments, as well as oral surgery and laser dentistry. The procedures that Dr. Brandon Smith performs will depend on the patient and the extent of damage to the teeth or mouth.

When is Full Mouth Reconstruction Needed?

There are a few reasons that a person may need to discuss the next steps in a full mouth restoration. Some of the most common reasons may include the following:

  • Poor oral health.
  • Missing teeth due to poor health or trauma.
  • Fractured or cracked teeth.
  • Teeth that are eroded from teeth grinding.
  • Occlusion therapy – having to makeover the mouth to relieve jaw pain.
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What are the Benefits of a Full Mouth Restoration Procedure?

Full mouth restoration has very specific benefits and some larger overall benefits. If you have gum disease, excessive decay, and the like, your breath will be bad. Your gums may bleed regularly. Infections and bacteria can also spread to other areas of the body. Pulling decayed teeth, addressing gum disease, and removing tartar that has moved below the gum line will improve your breath and make oral hygiene easier.

In a functional sense, reconstruction will fix an improperly aligned bite. That bad bite could be giving you the symptoms of TMJ, with chronic pain radiating into your neck and shoulders. It could be causing migraines, jaw locking, and other issues. Replacing missing teeth will balance the way your mouth chews food and will allow you to once again eat foods you’ve been avoiding. Having a full mouth of teeth can improve your speech. Fixing cracked teeth, performing root canals on infected teeth, addressing gum disease — all of these functional changes will also remove the pain you’ve been experiencing.

Beyond functionality, having a great new smile can change your whole outlook. You’ll be more confident smiling and showing your teeth, instead of being worried about hiding your flawed smile. Your bad breath will be eliminated or thoroughly improved. Removal of chronic pain can make you feel like a new person.

Full Mouth Reconstruction Before & After Photos

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Full Mouth Reconstruction Procedures:

There are a few different procedures included when it comes to mouth restoration or rehabilitation. At Dr. Smith’s office the procedures that may be involved with treatment include:

Crown Lengthening

This procedure involves lengthening the top part of the tooth – the crown – to expose healthier tooth, or decrease the amount of gum showing when smiling. It can involve placing dental crowns over the area to protect it and make it appear more appealing.

Jaw Repositioning

This procedure is most often done for people suffering from painful symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint problems, or TMJ. It involves using special device called a TENS to relax the jaw into a more comfortable position.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a sort of covering for your teeth. Made of porcelain, they give a natural and clean look, and if your teeth are generally healthy, but discolored or cracked, they are a great alternative to implants.

Dental Implants

Sometimes all teeth may need to be replaced, or just a few. Implants are a great alternative to dentures, putting individual false teeth into the supportive tooth tissue in the jawbone, to actually replace teeth permanently.

Porcelain Crowns

Dr. Brandon Smith only offers porcelain crowns at his practice in Hedgesville, WV because he feels they provide superior strength, durability, and natural looking appearance. Dental Porcelain is very strong when bonded to your tooth, the surface is hard enough to withstand chewing forces, yet not hard enough to wear down the opposing teeth.

How Long Does Full Mouth Reconstruction Take?

The time to complete a full mouth reconstruction with Dr. Smith is wholly dependent upon exactly what procedures you are having done, along with your individual recovery rate. We often break a full mouth reconstruction into separate phases. This allows the patient to fully recover from the procedures addressed in that particular phase before moving onto the next phase. For instance, your oral surgery needs may be a single phase. You may need extractions, bone or gum grafting, and other surgeries, and they will require recovery time.

Implants are another possible phase. Once the implant is placed into the hole occupied formerly by the tooth root, the jawbone needs to grow around the implant, a process called osseointegration. This process takes from three to six months, depending on the health of your jawbone. So, it’s really not even worth making a generality of the time needed for a full mouth reconstruction. It’s better to think of it as an ongoing work in progress, with the end goal being a healthy, beautiful smile and much better quality of life. Once Dr. Smith sees your individual situation, we can give you a better idea of how long the entire process will take.

When is a Full Mouth Restoration Needed?

Full mouth reconstruction isn’t only for cosmetic reasons. Having missing or broken teeth, jaw problems or gum problems can make life very difficult for many people. That’s why it’s important to distinguish full mouth restoration procedures from the well-known ‘smile makeover’. Although Dr. Smith also offers smile makeovers to his patients and they involve many of the same procedures, they are purely cosmetic. Full mouth restoration is the term used when the surgeries and procedures are necessary due to poor oral health or trauma. This distinction is important to make, especially for insurance reasons.

When you have been through a trauma or accident, or have been experiencing excessive tooth loss or cracking due to periodontal disease, you will qualify for the reconstruction. The best way to know is to book an appointment with Dr. Smith to discuss your motivations for wanting the procedure.

There is absolutely no time frame for how long you must wait to get treatment. However, if you want to return to your best quality of life afterwards, it is always best to get it done as soon as you can, even though at times it can seem daunting. Dr. Smith’s office utilizes the latest in laser and neuromuscular technology to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

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Are There Risks to a Full Mouth Restoration Procedure?

Since full mouth reconstruction requires various surgeries, there is always the risk of infection afterwards. But this is manageable. Patients with heart problems or autoimmune diseases are at a higher risk, as they are with any use of anesthetics. Recovery rate is something to consider. If a patient is over 70, his or her jawbone won’t grow and accept dental implants as quickly as a young person. Maybe mini implants could be a better solution. Older patients also have more risk with possible infections and the like. Overall, the benefits of full mouth reconstruction far outweigh any possible risk.


If you are interested in learning more about full mouth reconstruction, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (304) 754-8803 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith at our office in Hedgesville, WV.

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