"You deserve a champagne smile." It's not just our practice's motto, it's something we truly believe. If you need a full mouth reconstruction, you probably have a lot of mixed feelings: anxiety, of course, but also a little bit of excitement at the prospect of having the smile you've always wanted. Extensive dental work can be scary, but in our experience, it can be life-changing too.
A big part of dental anxiety is fear of the unknown, so today we're going to answer all the questions our patients have about full mouth reconstruction.
What Exactly Does "Full Mouth Reconstruction" Mean?
It means something different for every patient. A full mouth reconstruction isn't like filling a cavity or placing a crown where the process is more or less the same each time. There are typically a few different procedures involved, depending on your needs and your budget. Ultimately, the goal of a full mouth reconstruction is to treat all dental problems comprehensively in order to restore both function and appearance.
A full mouth reconstruction may include:
Who Performs a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
You may need to see a few different specialists for a full mouth reconstruction. When you choose Champagne Smiles, you'll have a team that provides comprehensive dental services, including a lab, all under one roof. This will make coordinating and scheduling your procedures a seamless process.
Why Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction Needed?
There are many circumstances that call for a full mouth reconstruction. Some common reasons we see in our patients include:
- Extensive tooth damage, decay, and loss
- Oral cancer
- Facial trauma
- Birth defects
Cancer survivors, in particular, may need a full mouth reconstruction to restore the ability to eat, speak, and swallow. Structural issues in the jaw and other changes to the mouth are addressed during the process.
How Long Does a Full Mouth Reconstruction Take?
Because every patient's treatment plan is unique to their situation, we can't answer this question. Some restorations may only require a visit or two; plans that include a number of different dental procedures could take up to a year or two to fully implement, particularly if bone grafting is involved. We know this can feel daunting, but our patients who have gone through the process are overwhelmingly glad that they did.
Will I Have to Go Without Teeth During This Time?
While your mouth reconstruction is in process, we can usually offer temporary replacements for any missing teeth.
Will Insurance Pay for My Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Depending on the procedures you need, your dental insurance may cover some or all of the cost of your full mouth reconstruction. We will provide you with an estimate before we start any work.