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Who Is A Good Candidate For A Full Mouth Reconstruction From An Oral Surgeon?
The process of a full mouth reconstruction is often performed by oral surgeons since they have the skills to perform surgical procedures like the installation of implants. Dental implants are one of the restorations a dentist might recommend during a full mouth reconstruction, along with treatments like crowns, composite bonding, bridges, dentures and teeth straightening treatments.
What to expect during a full mouth reconstruction with an oral surgeon
The process of a full mouth reconstruction involves rebuilding and repairing most of the patient's teeth. Additionally, one can expect their appearance to improve too.
Issues that can be addressed during full mouth reconstruction include the following.
- Teeth damaged by decay
- Infected teeth
- Damaged biting surfaces
- Chipped, fractured or broken teeth
- Poor teeth alignment
- Damaged teeth support structures
- Missing teeth
The ideal candidate for a full mouth reconstruction
The perfect candidate for a full mouth reconstruction has a variety of dental issues like broken teeth, tooth decay and missing teeth. It can also be used to repair teeth that have been worn down due to habits like teeth grinding. By the end of the full mouth reconstruction, all of the patient's teeth should be fully functional.
Full mouth reconstructions can also be performed to address rare dental conditions like Dentinogenetic Imperfecta or Ectodermal Dysplasia. Most people who go get their teeth fixed will need a shot of anesthetic to numb the area being worked. A general dentist can administer local anesthetics, but an oral surgeon is needed for general anesthetics.
The benefits that come with full mouth reconstructions include:
- It reduces the risk of infection – which normally occurs when a tooth is severely damaged
- It eliminates issues that plaque the patient's dental and overall health like tooth decay and gum disease
- It restores the person's ability to speak and chew properly
- It improves the alignment of the patient's teeth, reducing the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders
Qualifying for invasive treatments
While most healthy, young patients are eligible for the majority of the treatments used for full mouth reconstructions, some procedures have a higher risk of complications if the patient is older or battling health conditions like immune system disorders, which limits the ability to recover from surgical procedures.
The oral surgeon will work with the patient to determine which treatments work best for them. For example, mini dental implants might be recommended for older patients or people with health conditions since these have shorter recovery times and require less medication.
Additionally, if there is not enough jawbone present in the patient's mouth, the oral surgeon may recommend a bone graft. Bone grafts are used prior to dental implants being placed, as a way to rebuild the bone to ensure a strong support system is in place.
Get started with a full mouth reconstruction
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