Full Mouth Dental Implants Explained
What are full mouth dental implants?
Full mouth rehabilitation, also known as full mouth reconstruction or restorations, is a process of restoring one’s mouth with severely compromised teeth, gums, and missing teeth. The goal of the reconstruction is to return full function to the mouth, i.e., being able to eat well. And of course, dentistry is always about giving patients a beautiful smile. A smile is what everyone notices first.
What are the causes of needing full mouth dental implants?
Patients lose their teeth in two ways: either the teeth break down, or the other supporting structures break down.
Reasons for full mouth rehabilitation vary:
- Tooth loss to decay or periodontal disease
- Fractured teeth due to accidental trauma, like a fall
- Jaw, muscle pain, tension headache due to malocclusion
- Teeth becoming severely worn as a result of long-term acid erosion, and systemic disease
If you have experienced any of these, please come in for an extensive complimentary initial evaluation. We at Periodontal Specialists will help you decide if a full mouth restoration is the best course of action.
Are you a good candidate for full mouth dental Implants?
Various factors will be taken into account when evaluating your needs and the degree of restoration necessary:
- Condition of patients teeth and gums
- Patient’s overall health, if there are any underlying medical conditions for dental pathologies
- Ability to accept physical and psychological changes
- Possible allergic reactions to the materials used
- Changes in the bite
- Financial considerations
How does one choose a Full Mouth Dental Implant dentist?
It is important to choose a dentist or dental practice that you can trust with extensive knowledge and experience in implantology, periodontics, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. These disciplines must be integrated and coordinated.
Always ask to see full mouth dental implants before and after photos. They are a good guide of what to expect from your treatment.
Full mouth dental implant is an extensive treatment. Having modern technology is a benefit that you will appreciate. Having proper diagnostic equipment is crucial for accurate diagnosis. Yucky old school impressions may be something that is hard to stomach for you. 3D scanners are a modern alternative that eliminates the need for impressions. They are fast, precise & easy to tolerate.
What kind of full mouth dental implant procedure is performed during treatment?
Depending on the issues we are addressing, full mouth rehabilitation can include just about any dental treatment or a combination of several dental procedures. Some of the most common procedures performed in the reconstruction process include:
- Dental implants, implant crowns, and implant bridges to restore missing teeth
- Dental implants and implant supported dentures, all-on-4 or all-on-8 to restore the edentulous mouth
- Dental crowns, veneers to provide added strength to teeth weakened by decay or fractures
- Ceramic on-lays to restore proper occlusion and teeth bite
- Gum grafting and bone grafting procedures to augment areas where gum or bone is deficient
- Dental deep cleaning and osseous surgery treatments for moderate to severe gum disease