Full Mouth Reconstruction
The process of full mouth reconstruction often involves rebuilding and/or replacing many of the teeth in the mouth. At General and Cosmetic Dentistry of Tampa our dentist will provide a comprehensive treatment plan to help each patient achieve their desired outcome and attain a healthy beautiful smile.
Candidates for full mouth reconstruction are individuals who have been cosmetically and functionally debilitated by tooth loss, dental trauma, dental decay or been affected by medical conditions. Additionally, individuals with congenital disorders that have dental manifestations like missing teeth or defective tooth structure may also be candidates for full mouth reconstruction.
We have provided below examples that are generally used when developing treatment options. Each treatment plan will be designed specifically for every patient as no two treatment plans are ever the same.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Examples:
Example One: Restore Existing Teeth
First and foremost, our Dentists here at General and Cosmetic Dentistry of Tampa always use diverse restorative techniques to retain as much of your natural teeth as possible.
- Fillings to repair cavities and decay.
- Root canals to save badly infected teeth from further decay.
- Crowns or Veneers on most of the teeth especially in the anterior (front) for esthetics
- Dental bridges to replace individual teeth or small sections of missing teeth.
- Dental Implants can also be used to replace individual teeth and provide the best alternative to natural teeth as compared to dental bridges.
Example Two: Full Mouth Implant Restoration
When a patient comes to our practice in the Westchase/Carrollwood areas of Tampa with most teeth affected by a variety of advanced decay, fractures, tooth loss etcetera we may resort to using a combination of dental implants.
- Fixed bridge implants – requires 4-8 implants that are restored with dental bridges to span
- Overdentures are dentures that rest on top of implants. Overdentures use 4-6 implants per upper and lower arch.
- Restoring existing teeth is always preferred and is the most natural option.
- Fixed Bridges with or without implants may be the next best option to maintain as many natural teeth as possible while replacing any missing teeth. These are fixed and non-removable allowing the patient to taste food and chew properly as compared to an overdenture.
- Overdentures or Dentures can restore your smile, but the patient should keep in mind that both dentures and overdentures are removable. Initially, patients may experience some speech and chewing difficulties, but these issues are usually overcome with time. Dentures are the most cost-effective full mouth reconstruction option.