Accidents and injuries often happen when we least expect them. They can affect any part of our bodies, including our mouths. Although medical doctors can help with some traumatic injuries to the mouth, most patients are referred to their dentist or other dental specialists so that their teeth and mouth can be cared for by professionals with specific education, knowledge, and training in dealing with the type of invasive injury that they are experiencing. If multiple aspects of the teeth are affected, patients may be referred for a type of treatment that is known as a full mouth reconstruction.
A full mouth reconstruction is an overall name given to a selection of different dental procedures that are combined into a single, bespoke treatment plan, the goal of which is to restore the full function and appearance of your teeth and to ensure that your oral health is as good as possible.
Full mouth reconstructions are fairly common after traumatic injuries. There are many different ways and various types of accidents that can affect our mouth and teeth. In some instances, an injury to the face might be as simple as a knocked-out tooth. However, if you have had a moderate to major traumatic injury, it is likely that you need a variety of invasive procedures in order to restore your teeth to their former glory.
Full mouth reconstructions tend to be fairly complex treatment plans. As such, you may find that there are a variety of professionals involved in the process. This could include your regular dentist, an orthodontist, a periodontist, an endodontist, and a specialist maxillofacial surgeon. However, exactly what professionals you have assisted in your full mouth reconstruction will depend on your individual requirements.
The following procedures are some of the most commonly performed during a full mouth reconstruction:
Periodontal pocket cleaning
Soft tissue grafts
Inlays or Onlays
Orthodontic solutions, for example, braces or Invisalign
However, the exact series of treatments that you will need and the order in which they will be performed will depend on your individual circumstances.
Ultimately, the decision for who is suitable for a full mouth reconstruction and who isn’t is made by your dental professionals. They will base this decision on your personal circumstances and information about these will be obtained at your consultation appointment. This appointment enables us to assess the appearance, health and overall condition of your teeth and mouth and determine what work needs to be done to restore the functionality and appearance of your teeth and mouth.
The following represent just a few of the issues that are regularly dealt with during a full mouth reconstruction.
Lost teeth, often as a result of trauma, but also due to decay and infection.
Cracked, chipped and broken teeth.
Teeth that are severely eroded. This is particularly common amongst patients who suffer from acid reflux or who clench/grind their teeth (bruxism).
Issues with the temporomandibular joint, such as clicking, popping and repeated episodes of lockjaw.
Issues with the gum and the way that they support the teeth, including periodontal disease and root canal infections.
The procedures that you will benefit from will be discussed with you at your consultation, after which we can create a timeline of treatments so that you can see your journey to a beautifully-restored smile.
If you would like more information about dental full mouth reconstructions, particularly following an accident or injury, our experienced and dedicated team would be happy to help. Please contact Sharma Dental Center in Dublin, CA today by calling (925) 592-3800.