Full Mouth Reconstruction
At Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island we pride ourselves on providing patients with the most optimal care in a courteous, respectful, friendly, and professional setting. Our commitment to dental excellence is best demonstrated in our state of the art facility by the utilization of cutting edge technology combined with the compassionate care of all of our patients. Often patients will present to our office with varying levels of dental disability, malformed or broken down dentition, and may benefit from full-mouth reconstruction. In such situations, the patients dental outcome will be determined by the knowledge and expertise of an experienced dental team. As a Dental University Professor, we strive to provide such Dental excellence.
What Is Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
Full-mouth reconstruction is a process of dental treatment that restores function, facial form, bilateral symmetry, as well as one's smile. It may involve multiple disciplines including periodontal, endodontic, oral surgery, restorative, cosmetic, and orthodontic techniques. The end result is a comprehensive solution that addresses the patients needs.
Full-Mouth Reconstruction Vs. Smile Makeover
A smile makeover is a process through which the aesthetics of the smile are enhanced and not necessarily inclusive of the need to reconstruct the patient's entire mouth . Full-mouth reconstruction on the other hand can improve not only form and function, but also give back a patient's smile . Depending on the application, various materials are utilized in various parts of the mouth to address strength, durability and esthetics. Having lectured on the aforementioned, proven dental techniques and materials are thoughtfully selected to achieve optimal results.
In a collaborative effort, Dr Glasser, dental laboratory technicians, and the patient are able to customize a treatment plan that best addresses the patients needs. When developing a treatment plan, it must first start with diagnostic records and a thorough examination. With this foundational information, a thoughtful discussion of all potential options can be reviewed with the patient. Here we can discuss and predict esthetic outcomes, functional outcomes, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. It has always been my belief that if a patient is provided with clear facts and straightforward information, they will often pick the correct option that best fits their needs.
How Long Does Full-Mouth Reconstruction Take?
Depending on the patient's needs, full-mouth reconstruction typically occurs over a period of several months. This enables patients to address their immediate dental needs without foregoing treatment of their functional and esthetic needs. In short, we prioritize the patients' problems and dental needs, and address them accordingly.
Why Would I Need Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
Some but certainly not all of the reasons patients may require full-mouth reconstruction may include the following
- Multiple loss of teeth from tooth decay , periodontal disease and failure of previously restored teeth
- Severe tooth wear caused by grinding [bruxism] and/or obstructive sleep apnea
- Ongoing jaw or joint pain caused by collapse of the bite from tooth loss, grinding, clenching and or malocclusion (bad bite).
Consultation and Examination
The first step in full-mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive consultation and examination. We will often measure the shape, contour, color of your teeth as well as the overall condition of your dentition and periodontal health of your gums. We will also measure your bite and orientation of your teeth relative to your face providing more insight into malocclusion and temporomandibular joint disorder.
Records and Models
Imaging whether achieved radiographically, through cone beam or cat scan technology provides information that is needed to begin planning reconstructive care. Often routine X-rays, photographs, and other imaging may be conducted to adequately evaluate all structures in the mouth, including teeth roots and the underlying jaw structure.
Evaluating all of the data gathered during his consultation, exam, and imaging, Dr. Glasser develops a thorough treatment plan. This plan can be broken down into a step-by-step guide that includes the most appropriate combination of treatments to achieve optimal oral health and an attractive smile.
Dental Implant Options
Once again depending on the patient's needs Dental implants may be a viable addition to our armamentarium for the patients reconstructive needs . These restorations are used in a variety of dental situations, including:
- Single-tooth restoration using an implant and a dental crown.
- Multiple-tooth replacement using one or more implants and a dental bridge.
- Complete upper or lower jaw replacement using multiple dental implants as part of full arch rehabilitation.
Depending on the amount of structural and foundational support your jaw has available, additional bone augmentation and surgeries may be required to promote the long term success of your treatment. Having received a Fellowship in Hospital Dentistry, the office has seen and successfully treated patients with little to no bone support resulting from years of periodontal disease, tooth loss, and medical complications such as radiation treatment and surgical resections. At our practice, we have the ability to regenerate or grow new bone through various techniques and grafting procedures to give you that foundational support back.
Our comprehensive team approach can help you restore the function, appearance of your teeth and once again have a smile you can be proud of.
Schedule A Consultation
Learn more about full-mouth reconstruction and schedule a consultation visit to our Long Island office at (631) 423-6767.