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What Is Full Mouth Dental Reconstruction?

Jul 08, 2020
What Is Full Mouth Dental Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction often referred to just as FMR, involves a series of procedures intended to improve and restore one’s dental functionality...

Full mouth reconstruction often referred to just as FMR, involves a series of procedures intended to improve and restore one’s dental functionality. For instance, this is an ideal holistic treatment for people missing their teeth, suffering from poor gum health, and so on. The FMR treatment doesn’t have the sole purpose of improving the aesthetic appearance of the mouth and teeth, but it can also make a huge difference for serious medical issues in the mouth. Your dentist can tailor the full mouth reconstruction procedure to individual needs, even including treatments such as teeth whitening.

Who Would Need Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Different factors can determine whether you’re a good candidate for FMR or not, but in general, people experiencing the following issues would greatly benefit this procedure:

  • Dental diseases such as gingivitis or periodontal disease, with alarmingly infected gums.
  • Loss of teeth or otherwise damaged mouth/teeth due to accident.
  • Teeth erosion that has worn down the teeth considerably.
  • Jaw misalignment as well as jaw pain and headaches caused by some other oral conditions.

How Long Does It Take?

Full mouth reconstruction and rehabilitation all depend on the patient’s individual needs and condition. In that respect, the length of the procedure and healing process can’t be assessed correctly on a general basis. However, it’s possible to provide an average estimate based on the most common conditions people who need FMR experience, which typically leads to a month-long treatment process, including every single procedure and session necessary to complete FMR successfully.

How Much Does Full Mouth Reconstruction Cost?

Again, it’s difficult to throw numbers around when the entire procedure depends on individual needs. However, if you’re interested in a general full mouth reconstruction cost roundup, you could expect the price to vary from anywhere around $30,000 to $150,000. Still, it’s important to be aware that some dental insurances also cover FMR, so make sure to consult with yours if you have a pressing dental issue.

What Does FMR Entail?

As mentioned, full mouth reconstruction involves several different procedures that depend on the health issue(s) the patient is experiencing. Some of the common aspects of FMR treatment include the following:

  • Dental implants: The patient has a missing or diseased tooth. In order to restore it, the dentist will place a dental crown/cap or bridge in the place of the problematic tooth. If the tooth is just unhealthy, a dental cap will be enough to cover it completely. If the tooth is missing entirely, a dental bridge will be necessary instead.
  • Osseous/gum surgery: If the patient suffers from infected gums or has issues with mouth bones, a dental surgeon will have to replace all infected areas.
  • Dentures: In an unfortunate case that the patient had lost all or many of their teeth, the dentist will proceed to add dentures that will act as artificial teeth.
  • Gum/bone grafting: If just one part of the patient’s gums or mouth bones are damaged/diseased, the dentist can use parts of healthy gums and bones to replace the affected areas.
  • Ceramic Onlays: Onlays can be used to repair a diseased tooth as well as a solution to an uneven bite.
  • Invisalign: Instead of traditional metallic braces, the patient can get clear aligners to straighten their teeth in a more aesthetically pleasing manner.

What’s the FMR Process?

In order for the doctor to establish what kind of treatment the patient needs, they first have to come in for an x-ray to determine the level of damage. Once assessed, the doctor will examine the patient’s gums and subsequently provide a cosmetic evaluation to determine the best course of action in terms of aesthetic alterations.

Following this thorough evaluation, the doctor will craft a detailed treatment plan. If the patient has some pressing health issues with teeth, root canals, or gums, these are likely to be first on the treatment list, followed by dental implants and cosmetic procedures.

What About the Recovery Process?

Since full dental reconstruction typically involves a series of different procedures, it’s crucial that the patient takes the time to recover from one in order to undergo another. It’s possible that the dentist will prescribe some antibiotics or pain relievers after the procedure. Once the reconstruction is fully completed, it’s paramount that the patient exercises proper and regular oral hygiene. This includes brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing in the evening. Of course, regular dental checkups are a must, especially since the teeth have to be professionally cleaned annually.

Health Conditions that FMR Can Help With

As previously mentioned, full mouth reconstruction is a technologically and medically advanced procedure that embodies several different procedures depending on the patient’s needs. As such, it can also make a considerable difference for one’s oral health and smile, even in cases of some rather serious medical issues. FMR can help address the consequences of the following:

  • Ectodermal dysplasia: People suffering from this condition experience abnormal growth of skin, hair, or teeth, and in some cases, their teeth could get seriously damaged or fall out.
  • Amelogenesis: This is a rare tooth decay disorder that can be inherited. It mainly affects the tooth enamel, making it dysfunctional or completely missing. This particular issue can further lead to faster tooth decay, cracks in the teeth, and gum disease. With a complex application of FMR procedures, the affected person can restore their beautiful smile.
  • Dentinogenesis imperfecta: This particular disorder affects the color of the teeth, often turning them yellow, brownish, grayish, or completely transparent. Even infants can suffer from this disorder. Again, FMR is the ideal solution for treating discoloration.
  • Malocclusion: Also known as jaw misalignment, malocclusion is a serious medical issue that can cause extreme jaw pain and headaches. As part of FMR, bone grafting and implants can restore the proper position of the jaw, thus minimizing pain considerably.
  • Oral cancer: Oral cancer causes the mouth cells to grow uncontrollably and if left untreated, it can attack other regions in the body and even lead to fatality. It’s commonly accompanied by bumps and sores in the mouth. Of course, only a professional oncologist can treat cancer effectively, but once that particular issue gets resolved, full mouth reconstruction can successfully transform the person’s smile both aesthetically and medically.

Now that you’re aware of the health and cosmetic benefits of full mouth reconstruction, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Gables Sedation and Family Dentistry to find out if you’re the perfect candidate for the procedure. Our friendly staff and team of experienced professionals will make sure that all of your needs are met and catered to. Even if you just want to get a bit more info about the potential costs, processes, and general practices of the clinic, feel free to contact Gables Sedation and Family Dentistry via phone, email, or website form, or pay us a visit at our Miami office.