What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction is restoring your mouth to full function after extensive damage. This requires more than just repairing or replacing your teeth; we must rebuild your bite. Plus, we want to ensure your restored teeth support your natural facial proportions.

Our Erie, PA restorative dentist might recommend multiple dental procedures to achieve these complex goals. Often, he will bring in the assistance of dental specialists to ensure that every step in the process is handled by the best expert possible.

Procedures We Might Use in Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full-mouth reconstruction often utilizes numerous restorative techniques to achieve its complex goals. Some of the procedures we might recommend include:

  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges

In rare cases, we might also recommend cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers to help you achieve a smile that’s attractive as well as functional.

Dental crowns can protect, rebuild, and reshape damaged teeth that are healthy enough to save. Fitting entirely over a damaged tooth, dental crowns help strengthen weakened teeth and build them up to support your bite in a healthy position.

Dental bridges can replace missing teeth. Healthy teeth can support a dental bridge, and it’s a good option when teeth adjacent to a missing tooth are generally healthy but could benefit from dental crowns. We can also use a dental bridge supported by dental implants to replace multiple teeth.

Dental implants replace missing tooth roots. The implants anchor in your jawbone to mimic the function of natural teeth. They support restorations that replace the visible part of the tooth, which might include crowns, bridges, or dentures. All-on-X is a dental implant approach that uses a small number of dental implants to replace an entire arch of teeth.

Dentures are a traditional tooth replacement technique. Traditional dentures just sit in your mouth, but implant dentures can be removable with snap-on attachments or can be attached to your implant with screws.

Why You Might Need Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction is not a common procedure. We typically recommend it when people experience extensive damage to most or all of their teeth. Common reasons why people need full mouth reconstruction include:

  • Illness
  • Trauma
  • Bite dysfunction

Numerous illnesses can contribute to widespread dental problems. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and it can affect much of your mouth at once. Congenital conditions that affect the development of your teeth might make your teeth vulnerable. Hard-to-control diabetes can make your teeth more susceptible to decay. Cancer or necrosis of the jaw might lead to extensive tooth loss.

Dental trauma often requires full mouth reconstruction. The most common source of major dental trauma is car accidents. However, sports accidents and violence also sometimes require full mouth reconstruction.

Bite dysfunction such as TMJ can cause damage to your teeth on a daily basis. Over the years, the damage builds up until it requires extensive repairs and replacement of multiple teeth.

How Much Does Full Mouth Reconstruction Cost?

Full mouth reconstruction tends to be an expensive procedure, but it provides great value. Our patients feel it’s worth it to get back their functional bite and smile.
The exact cost of full mouth reconstruction will vary depending on what procedures are utilized in your reconstruction, including the materials used for your restorations. When you get your treatment plan, it will include a comprehensive cost estimate, so you’ll know what it costs before you agree to the procedure.

If you are concerned about the cost, we can sometimes stagger treatment to spread it out. Insurance often covers a portion of full mouth reconstruction costs. In addition, we offer dental financing through CareCredit.

Get Your Smile Back

You might think that there’s no way to get back the beautiful, healthy smile you used to enjoy, but you’re wrong. With full mouth reconstruction, almost anyone can reverse the effects of disease, dysfunction, or trauma on their smile.

To learn what Dr. Tucker can do for your smile, please call (814) 836-7777 to rebuild your smile in Erie, PA.