Full Mouth Reconstruction
When you look in the mirror and smile, what do you see? Do you like the way that your smile looks, or are the numerous things that you wish that you could change? If there is anything wrong with your smile, contact us here at Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS. We would like to assess your situation and see what can be done. For some patients, only small changes need to be made. For others, it could be full mouth reconstruction.
What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
The term full mouth reconstruction might be a little bit misleading. It can sometimes refer to any procedure that we will do that will affect all of your mouth. It does not always mean that we will have to perform an extensive makeover, although that can sometimes be what needs to be done. For the information here, we will talk about an extensive reconstruction.
A full mouth reconstruction can be more than a smile makeover. In that case, we will make changes to your smile because you want it to look better. In the case of a full mouth reconstruction, we recommend that we go ahead because it will make your mouth healthier. We could be doing the reconstruction to relieve jaw pain, because of oral cancer, and for other reasons as well.
Before we start with the full mouth reconstruction, we will need to do an exam to discover what your overall oral health is like. We will look at your teeth, your gums, and even your jaw. If there are any conditions such as gum disease that need attention, we will need to take care of those before we start the reconstruction.
Part of full mouth reconstruction will be taking care of the teeth. We will apply crowns if there are any that are needed. We might also extract teeth that are diseased or crowding the jaw and causing pain. If you have bone loss in your jaw, we might include a bone graft.
We will also check your gums as part of a full mouth reconstruction. We will want to make sure that they are healthy, and that you do not have places where tissue needs to be removed, or where you do not have enough gum tissue. A gum graft could be part of a full mouth reconstruction.
If you are missing teeth, replacing them could be part of a full mouth reconstruction. We could replace them with dental implants, or we might decide that an anterior bridge or complete fixed bridge would be better.
Another part of a full mouth reconstruction is making sure that your jaw is healthy. We could also perform a sinus lift if that is necessary.
Perfection Takes Time
One thing that you need to remember with a full mouth reconstruction; it will not all happen in one visit. The entire process could take up to a year. Here at Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS, we know that it will be worth it in the long run. Call (346) 250-2930 to make an appointment, so that we can see what you need as soon as possible.