Restoring Your Smile Through Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction combines multiple restorative and cosmetic procedures into one comprehensive treatment plan, restoring form and function to your smile in an efficient, streamlined manner. It is often recommended for patients with widespread dental damage and decay, as well as missing teeth and advanced gum disease. Dr. Bruce Watkins at Watkins Family Dentistry in Elkhart, IN, believes in a comfortable, gentle approach to dentistry, and offers multiple sedation options to help you feel relaxed throughout treatment. In addition, advanced technology like digital x-rays, a 3-D cone beam scanner, and CEREC® in-office milling machine allows us to provide comprehensive treatment all in one location.
Full mouth reconstruction focuses primarily on restoring the strength and function of your smile's foundation.
What is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction is a customized treatment plan to restore health, form, and function to your smile. Generally, it refers to a comprehensive plan that affects most or all of a patient’s teeth. Dr. Watkins will work with each patient individually to determine their concerns for their reconstruction, and develop a treatment plan to meet those individual needs and goals. He will first perform a comprehensive examination and then discuss available treatment options based on your budget and lifestyle.
Dr. Watkins will work with each patient individually to determine their goals and needs for their reconstruction, and develop a treatment plan to meet those individual needs and goals.
Candidates for Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction can help solve a variety of dental health issues affecting most or all of a patient’s teeth, such as:
- Missing teeth
- Broken teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Bone recession
- Gum disease
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
If you suffer from several of these conditions, you and Dr. Watkins may consider developing a full mouth reconstruction treatment plan to improve your dental health.
Commonly Combined Procedures
A full mouth reconstruction consists of two or more individual dental treatments combined to achieve optimal results. Commonly combined procedures include:
- Dental implants
- Traditional dentures
- Implant-supported dentures
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Dental fillings
- Periodontal therapy
- Inlays and onlays
Once the foundation of your smile is restored, you may choose cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers for a finishing touch. To achieve an overall brighter smile, full mouth reconstruction patients may initially undergo teeth bleaching so that any restorations blend seamlessly.
A Focus on Comfort
To maximize comfort during our patient’s procedures, sedation options are available. Sedation medication can be taken orally approximately an hour before the procedure, and nitrous oxide is also available. Patients will need to have a loved one accompany them to and from the office if they choose oral conscious sedation.
Benefits of a Full Mouth Reconstruction
There are several benefits to restoring your smile through a full mouth reconstruction. First, it is a comprehensive treatment, involving multiple methods to reach your goals. This can save time and money, preventing a patient from needing to meet with several dentists and specialists. Secondly, when the restoration is completed, a patient will have improved oral function while chewing, speaking, and biting. Finally, restorative treatment will improve a patient’s overall oral health and can even prevent further damage from occurring.
Restore Your Confidence
For the right patients, full mouth reconstruction can be completely life-changing. To learn more about your candidacy, call our office at (574) 293-9832 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.