Dealing with health restoration in the mouth can be complex and complicated, and often many procedures are necessary to bring your damaged teeth and gums back to good condition. That is why we recommend consulting with a professional reconstruction specialist when you need large-scale treatments.
At the office of Dr. Justin Raanan, specialty periodontist in Beverly Hills, we understand how important it is to get the proper treatment for conditions that may be affecting the health of your gums and mouth. Not only are we passionate about bringing you a happy and beautiful smile, but we want you to have a healthy one, too. Full mouth reconstruction may be necessary if you’ve dealt with a significant amount of decay, disease, or physical trauma. We often go through a series of steps that detail the reconstruction and rehabilitation process that patients encounter when getting full mouth reconstruction.
Here’s an insight into how it works.
Step 1: Assessing Your Needs
In order to determine that full mouth reconstruction is necessary for the health and well-being of your teeth, Dr. Raanan must first figure out what has caused the damage and whether your symptoms justify the need for full rehabilitation.
You may qualify for full rehabilitation if your teeth are:
- Missing because of physical trauma or excessive decay.
- Worn down because of grinding or acid erosion after a long period of time.
- Causing muscle, jaw, and head pain, and are always changing the way you bite down.
- Any major fractures to the teeth or bones in your mouth.
If you are in need of reconstruction, the next step requires you to speak with your professional specialist about how the process is going to work.
Step 2: The Comprehensive Exam
In a philosophy first outlined by Dentistry Today, it’s important to understand that every patient is unique and may deal with comprehensive restoration differently. While it’s a wonderfully advanced procedure that leads to many successful treatments and rehabilitation with patients, there are some who may not fully accept the treatment on a physical level. There are many things to take into consideration, which is why a comprehensive exam is necessary.
During the exam, Dr. Raanan will assess things such as the health of your teeth, the condition of your gums, and whether you have TMJ or occlusion. Dr. Raanan will examine the aesthetics of your mouth, such as your shape, color, and size of your teeth to determine how your reconstruction will look in relation to your gums and jawline.
Step 3: Completing the Necessary Procedures
Full restoration can look different to each patient, and the comprehensive procedures needed may vary depending on what your individual needs are. Most full mouth restoration treatments require multiple different office visits and multiple different procedures that can span the course of a year or more, so much preparation is needed.
A list of the most important and common procedures that are part of the full mouth rehabilitation process include, but are not limited to:
- Crown lengthening so that new crowns and bridges can be added
- Temporary or permanent dental implant placement
- Orthodontic procedures, such as braces and retainers to fix the alignment of your mouth
- Inlays and onlays to permanently reinforce the strength of worn-down teeth
- Orthognathic surgery which repositions the jaw
- Bone and tissue grafting
- Reduction of natural tooth bones and structures to make room for restorative materials
- Veneers and aesthetic reproductions
- Prophylactic cleaning
- Periodontal procedures and ongoing care
In many cases, you will need a comprehensive plan after many visits between you and your trusted specialist. Restoration and aftercare may seem like a slow-growing process, but the long-term benefits are worth it. In addition, the longer you wait with broken, missing, or decayed teeth, the worse the effects on the overall health of your mouth will be.
Schedule Your Comprehensive Exam ASAP
Dr. Justin Raanan offers full cosmetic, restoration, and periodontal procedures to help patients with an array of dental problems. Our tissue reconstruction and restorative dentistry procedures are often recommended for patients in need of rehabilitation. To find out more about how you can assess the state of your dental health, you can contact Dr. Raanan online or call our office at (310) 205-5315 to schedule an appointment.