For many patients, the idea of undergoing a complete mouth restoration procedure sounds overwhelming. You may have experienced significant tooth loss or cracked teeth from decay, an injury, or heredity influences, and now your dentist is recommending full mouth reconstruction.
The good news is new advances in dental implants can help you achieve a natural, healthy smile and allow your teeth to function better than they have in years.
FAQs About Full Dental Reconstruction
What is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Unlike replacing a tooth with a single implant, a complete mouth restoration involves the entire reconstruction of your upper and lower teeth. Depending on your dental health, history, and oral care needs, this procedure may include one of three options: All-On-Four® Dental Implants, full arch implants, or implant supported dentures.
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How Long Does a Full Mouth Reconstruction Take?
The time it takes to complete a full dental reconstruction will depend on two key factors:
(1) the condition of your jawbone (i.e. how long it takes for the bone to heal properly around each implant) and (2) the type of implant treatment you choose (Mayo Clinic).
For example, an All-On-Four implant may require your dentist to fasten as little as four titanium screws into your jawbone, thereby shortening the time it would take for the bone to grow around each implant. Comparatively, a full arch implant may require a longer healing time, as a single screw is needed for each individual tooth.
Depending on the quality of your jawbone and whether or not you have sufficient gum tissue available, on average, your implant procedure can range from anywhere between three to six months (Oral B).
What Should I Expect during Oral Reconstruction Surgery?
After you receive a consultation from your dentist—and following a thorough assessment of your oral health and history—you will receive a comprehensive evaluation of which type of dental implant is best for you. From there, your team will help you schedule your procedure and educate you on next steps to ensure you feel calm, confident, and prepared throughout teach procedure.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Steps May Include:
- The careful removal of cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
- Bone grafting (if there is insufficient gum tissues surrounding your jaw bone)
- The placement of your dental implants
- The healing of your jawbone around each implant
- The placement of natural looking, artificial teeth into your implants
Complete Mouth Restoration Services Near You
Learn more about the incredible benefits of full mouth reconstruction via dental implants at Dakota Dental. We proudly offer professional in-house dental implant services to help each and every patient achieve a healthy, radiant smile. For a consultation, fill out our online form, so we can meet with you, understand your concerns, and educate you about your options!