You may find yourself at a point in your life where you need a lot of dental work. It can be intimidating to realize that the health and beauty of your smile are no longer up to your standards. Thinking about all of the changes that you are wanting for your smile can be overwhelming and seem like an impossible task. Fortunately, full mouth reconstruction makes it possible to achieve your goals.
If you are looking to make a big change, call 512-329-5967 today to schedule a complimentary consultation with our experienced and LVI-trained dentist Dr. John Schmid. Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry provides exceptional full-mouth reconstructions to patients from Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and nearby areas of Texas.
What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction refers to the process of restoring or replacing all of your teeth. This treatment plan can significantly improve the health, function, and appearance of your smile. Full mouth reconstruction is sometimes known as full mouth rehabilitation or full mouth restoration. By utilizing a full mouth reconstruction, you can save yourself from spending tons of time and energy on countless operations in the future. A full mouth reconstruction allows you to make a big difference, with little downtime.
No two full-mouth reconstructions are exactly alike. This is what makes a full mouth reconstruction a unique and life-changing experience. Our dentist will create a unique roadmap to address your needs and accomplish your goals. A full mouth reconstruction may incorporate:
- Dental bridges– a dental restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth
- Dental crowns– a restoration method that completely caps a tooth
- Dental implants– a prosthesis that is made to be connected to the bone of the jaw or skull
- Gum disease treatment– this treatment works to help with oral hygiene and prevent the spread of disease
- Root canal therapy– a dental procedure that works to alleviate pain caused by an infected tooth
- Dental fillings– used to help repair cavities
- TMJ treatment– treatment that is aimed to help alleviate the symptoms experienced from TMJ
In some cases, orthodontic treatment is needed to move your teeth into the ideal position for reconstruction. Our dental practice is proud to offer the braces alternative called ClearCorrect.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Ideal candidates for full mouth reconstruction have lost or damaged all of their teeth. This can happen due to a variety of factors, including decay, trauma, injury, and severe dental wear.
Persistent issues such as jaw pain, trouble chewing, and speech difficulties can also indicate that you would likely benefit from a customized full mouth reconstruction treatment plan.
Only a dentist can tell you if full mouth reconstruction is a good match for your needs. We offer complimentary consultations so that you can learn about your candidacy without commitment.
How Is the Full Mouth Reconstruction Procedure Performed?
You can think of full mouth reconstruction as a journey toward your best possible smile. Each step will move you closer to your goals. This process starts with a comprehensive consultation.
Our dentist will need to gather important information about your oral health. This is often done using digital X-rays, intra-oral cameras, and other advanced technology and equipment.
The next phase of full mouth reconstruction is treatment planning. Dr. Schmid will recommend services that are necessary to correct your smile concerns. Our team will work with you to determine your insurance coverage and explore your financing options for full mouth restoration.
Your full mouth reconstruction will likely begin with services to improve your dental health. For many patients, gum disease treatment is the first dental service that they will need to undergo.
Any number of treatments and procedures can come next based on your unique needs. You will likely require several dental visits spaced out over weeks or months to achieve optimal results.
Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction Painful?
At Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Schmid makes it his top priority to ensure patient comfort and safety are optimized during your procedure. For most patients, full mouth reconstruction is not painful as they are given local anesthesia to numb the areas of the mouth that are being treated. Discomfort should not occur during the procedure, however, if you feel any pain, it’s best to communicate it with Dr. Schmid right away.
Most pain or discomfort typically occurs in the recovery period after treatment as patients feel soreness or sensitivity from the transformation of their mouth, but this typically disappears after a few days.
Are There Any Side Effects From a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Just as with any dental treatment, a full mouth reconstruction can still come with side effects, however, they are often not any more uncomfortable than the side effects from other dental treatments such as fillings or implants. Because a full mouth reconstruction can involve a number of different dental procedures, the after-effects for patients can vary. Each full mouth reconstruction treatment plan will be uniquely tailored to each patient, but depending on whether you have dental implants, crowns, bridges, or root canals, you may experience or be at risk for any of the following:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Soreness or tenderness of the gums
- Pressure in the mouth
- Inflammation of the gums
- Infection at implant site
- Injury to the surrounding tooth
- Jaw pain
- Discomfort from added structures to the mouth
These are all side effects that Dr. Schmid takes great care to avoid during the full mouth reconstruction procedure. By following his aftercare guidelines, these problems can often be avoided. After a few days, any pain, swelling, or discomfort from your treatment will subside, and patients will begin to adjust quickly to their new smile.
How Soon Will I See the Results of My Full Mouth Reconstruction?
You may start seeing an improvement in your smile after your first few visits to our practice. However, full mouth reconstruction can take months to complete depending on the treatments and procedures needed.
Be patient with yourself as you attend these appointments to transform the look and function of your smile. It is the best investment you can make in your oral health!
Will My Smile Still Look Natural?
Not only are full mouth reconstructions performed to improve the functions of teeth and improve oral health, but it is also to ensure that your smile is the best it has ever been. Dr. Schmid makes it a priority to ensure that all dental work done during this procedure will result in a natural-looking smile. With focused technique and attention to detail, the unique-to-you designed treatment plan often results in patients having improved smiles, rather than completely different ones. With the materials our team uses, dental implants, crowns, and bridges are all meant to look as natural to regular teeth as possible.
Full Mouth Reconstruction – Before & After
Still wondering about what full mouth reconstruction results look like? View our before and after gallery of reconstructive dentistry to see what results are possible.
What Is the Recovery Process Like After Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Depending on the types of dental treatments you have done as part of your full mouth reconstruction plan, recovery time can vary. However, most patients recover from soreness and tenderness within two to three days. Recovery from bonding bridges and crown replacement can take up to a week. Overall, it may take around four to six months for patients to fully adjust to the reconstruction in their mouth and have it feel natural, especially if dental implants were part of your reconstruction plan.
During your recovery period, it is important to keep your oral hygiene routine in check but also to be gentle with your teeth and gums until all signs of discomfort subside. If you find that your pain and discomfort are not improving within the first week of your full mouth reconstruction, don’t hesitate to contact us again, and Dr. Shmid will be happy to help alleviate your oral pain and find a solution to your problem.
How Long Will the Results of My Full Mouth Reconstruction Last?
You can generally expect the results of your full mouth reconstruction to last for many years. However, some restorations, such as crowns and veneers, do not last forever. You may need to have them replaced at some point. Other restorations, like dental implants, are permanent.
You can extend the results of your dental work with good habits. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, and schedule regular dental checkups to improve the lifespan of your full mouth restoration.
Our practice understands that you have high expectations for your dental work. After all, it is an investment in your smile, and you want to make sure that it lasts as long as possible. The good news is that you can have peace of mind with our five-year warranty on porcelain veneers.
Schedule Your Full Mouth Reconstruction Consultation
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice when they meet you. It can be embarrassing dealing with a smile that has noticeable cosmetic flaws. This can lead to a decrease in self-confidence and quality of life.
If you are ready to enjoy a smile that looks great and feels even better, schedule a consultation at 512-329-5967 today. Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry serves patients from Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and other nearby areas of Texas.