Full Mouth Reconstruction in Kensington
Kensington Natural Smiles provides full mouth reconstruction services in Kensington, MD. Call 301-933-3903 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Full mouth reconstruction is the restoration or replacement of all of the teeth. Many different procedures may be involved, depending on the current state of your teeth and gums, as well as your goals for treatment. Full mouth reconstruction is generally performed when teeth are badly worn, out of alignment to the point of causing pain, or suffering from severe decay or trauma. Depending on the specific procedures, full mouth reconstruction could take as long as a year to complete.
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Our first step is to sit down with you for a conversation. Full mouth reconstruction is a major investment of time and money, and it requires you to subject yourself to numerous potentially uncomfortable procedures. Therefore, it is important to us to learn your values, your goals, and your reasoning for choosing full mouth reconstruction over a simpler option such as dentures.
Next, we will perform a detailed evaluation of your mouth, focusing particularly on these areas:
Tooth Structure: We will carefully analyze the structure of each tooth, including wear patterns, decay, cracking, shifting, tooth length, and any issues with prior dental work.
Gum Tissues and Bone Density: We will take a close look at your gum tissues, including any signs of gum disease and the amount and quality of your tissue, as well as the density of your jawbone. If any problems are found, we must start there to lay a strong foundation for your dental restorations.
Bite Stability: If your bite is stable, you should not experience any popping, pain, jaw locking, or dental damage with chewing. An unstable bite may need corrective orthodontics.
Aesthetic Considerations: We will look closely at the aesthetics of each tooth, including its color, shape, and size. We will note the way your teeth are aligned, how they fit in your mouth, and how they influence your appearance from the front and both sides. We will also take a detailed look at your facial structure and coloring.
We use quite a few diagnostic tools to aid in our assessments, such as photographs, x-rays, and 3-D scanning. We also take impressions to create a physical model of the existing teeth.
When we have gathered all of our data, we will consult with a trusted oral surgeon. We work hand in hand with the oral surgeon throughout all stages of full mouth reconstruction to ensure the best possible continuity of care.
Finally, we will sit down with you to discuss our findings and recommendations. Full mouth reconstruction is a huge commitment, and we will not begin the process until we are sure you are confident and happy with the treatment plan.
What Procedures Are Involved in a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Exactly which procedures are involved depends on your needs, budget, and goals. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- dental implants
- fixed bridges
- porcelain veneers
- root canal therapy
- bone grafting
- jaw repositioning surgery
Please note that we will work closely with you every step of the way. In addition, we will follow up with you for a full year after your full mouth reconstruction is complete. If anything goes wrong during that time, we will fix it at no cost to you.
Full Mouth Reconstruction or Smile Makeover?
With modern cosmetic techniques, it is easier than ever before to get the perfect smile. The term “smile makeover” is thrown around frequently, and it is often used interchangeably with “full mouth reconstruction.” However, there is a significant difference between the two.
A smile makeover is the cosmetic perfection of a smile that is healthy but not aesthetically pleasing. A full mouth reconstruction is the restoration of a smile filled with damaged, failing, or missing teeth. Though both can help you look better and feel more confident, a full mouth reconstruction is a solution to an oral health problem while a smile makeover is not.
Call Kensington Natural Smiles today at 301-933-3903 to schedule your appointment.