Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction is the process of rebuilding or replacing most or all of the teeth in the upper and lower jaws. Because full mouth reconstruction is an extensive restorative dentistry process, it requires the experience and skill of a remarkable dentist.
Individuals looking for a dentist that offers full mouth reconstruction in La Jolla and surrounding San Diego areas trust Dr. Weston Spencer. He has changed the lives of numerous patients, offering them a second chance at a complete smile and optimal oral health.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Steps
Crowns and Veneers
Fred came to us just as he was re-entering the dating scene, asking for a perfect smile. Shortly after finishing the crowns and veneers on upper and lower teeth, a woman approached him stating, “Wow, you have a perfect smile.” Mission Accomplished
Full mouth reconstruction involves multiple steps. The complete process can take up to a year or longer, depending on the specific situation. No two full mouth reconstructions are exactly alike, as treatment is tailored to the unique needs of the patient.
The first step of full mouth reconstruction is to establish an understanding of the condition of the teeth, gums, jaw joint, muscles and occlusion. The goals of treatment must also be discussed. Dr. Spencer can then recommend the procedures and treatments he believes are needed to deliver the desired results. He can also put together a step-by-step treatment schedule, which may include any of the following:
- Placement of restorations such as crowns, bridges, dentures, fillings or implants
- Treatment of gum disease
- Gum grafting
- Jaw surgery
Sedation dentistry can be utilized to make full mouth reconstruction more comfortable for the patient.
Am I a Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?
You may be a suitable candidate for full mouth reconstruction if you have multiple damaged or missing teeth, either as the result of trauma, decay, injury, extreme wear or other oral health problems. Perhaps your teeth deteriorated due to lack of proper oral hygiene habits, or you have severe jaw problems because of temporomandibular joint disorder. You could also have problems with existing dental restorations such as old fillings, crowns or bridges that need to be replaced.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Cost and Insurance Coverage
The cost of full mouth reconstruction is a common consideration for candidates. Some patients may be eligible for partial or complete insurance coverage, depending on the scope of treatment and the insurance provider.
Full Mouth Reconstruction FAQs
Dr. Spencer understands that full mouth reconstruction can seem complex, and patients have a lot of questions about the treatment. You may be wondering, what does full mouth reconstruction entail? Does it hurt? How long does full mouth reconstruction take? How much does it cost? Dr. Spencer is happy to answer any and all questions about full mouth reconstruction during consultation.
Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover
Although full mouth reconstruction and smile makeover are generally multi-step processes, they are very different. Full mouth reconstruction is something that you need for strong, healthy teeth and a smile makeover is an optional treatment to improve the appearance of your smile.
Full Mouth Reconstruction in La Jolla
If you would like to discuss your dental needs with a trusted dentist, Dr. Spencer welcomes you to book a consultation at his San Diego-area office. He would be happy to evaluate your oral health concerns and recommend the most suitable course of treatment. Please call or email us today to make your appointment.