Full mouth restoration is just what it sounds like. It is a treatment process that restores your entire mouth to a youthful and healthy condition. Whether you’re missing teeth, have worn-down teeth or have problems with your gums, this series of procedures can help you look and feel your best.
Do I Need Full Mouth Restoration?
If you think your teeth and gums are in generally bad condition, you can ask your dentist to assess your need for full mouth restoration. Some of the problems that this set of procedures can fix include:
- Missing teeth due to decay or trauma
- Injured or fractured teeth
- Worn teeth
- Jaw, muscle or headache pain required bite adjustments
Developing a Treatment Plan
Before doing a full mouth restoration, your dentist needs to get your dental history and examine your teeth to assess their current condition. In addition to the visual examination, your dentist takes x-rays as well as impressions of your teeth and gums. He or she might also take photographs or make models of your teeth and bite. With all this information, your dentist develops a plan for doing all the work required to restore your mouth to a healthy condition.
What Factors Does the Dentist Consider in Making the Plan?
Many different procedures can fall under the umbrella of full mouth restoration. Some of the procedures involve only your teeth, while others address problems with your gums or jaws. Here are some of the factors your dentist will consider when developing your treatment plan:
- The condition of your teeth
- Cavities, cracks, worn teeth, tooth movement
- Condition of gums
- TMJ and bite issues
- Need for root canal therapy
- Size, color, shape and structure of teeth
What Procedures Might Be Included?
A full mouth restoration usually includes many different procedures to return your mouth to its proper healthy condition. Your dentist can correct issues with your teeth, gums, joints, jaw muscles and bite, as well as cosmetic problems. Here are some of the procedures your dentist might recommend:
- Porcelain veneers
- Scaling and root planing
- Bone and gum grafting
- Orthodontic appliances such as braces
- Other cosmetic dentistry treatments
How Long Does Full Mouth Restoration Take and What Does It Cost?
The extent of the treatment determines its cost and the time it will take to complete it. When your dentist presents you with the plan for doing all the procedures, you will get an approximate timeline to help you plan for all the dental work you will be getting. You will also get an estimate of the total cost of completing the restorations, as well as individual costs for each step of the process. Some of these procedures may be covered by your dental insurance and others may not be. It’s important to communicate with your dental insurance company to know your out of pocket costs for full mouth restoration.