Full-Mouth Restorations – Mass Bay Dental

Full-Mouth Restorations – Mass Bay Dental

Full-mouth restoration, rehabilitation, and reconstruction are used interchangeably for the process of rebuilding or restoring all teeth in both the upper and the lower jaws simultaneously. The treatment plan established by the dentist will address all of the patient’s needs resulting in a perfect smile and an ideal bite with optimal function.

The doctors and the team of oral healthcare professionals at Mass Bay Dental, located near you in Salem, MA, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the process for determining a treatment plan for a full-mouth restoration.

A full-mouth restoration may involve more than one discipline of dentistry. A dentist practicing in the areas of general and restorative is needed for bridges, crowns, or veneers. Dental specialties like oral surgeons, orthodontists, or periodontists (specializing in gums) may also be part of a treatment plan.

How the Process Begins

The need for a full-mouth reconstruction may result from:

  • teeth lost from decay or trauma;
  • teeth that become severely worn due to grinding or acid erosion from foods, beverages or acid reflux; or
  • ongoing conditions with the jaw muscles causing headaches.

The extent of a full-mouth restoration will become known after a comprehensive examination by the dentist. The dentist will examine the conditions of the:

  • Teeth

The condition of the teeth will determine the needed restorative procedures, such as veneers, crowns, bridges, or implants. Also, the dentist will make a note of cavities and decay, wear, cracks, and length, as well as root canal issues and tooth movement.

  • Periodontal (gum) Tissue

If the gums are not healthy, there may be a need for scaling and root planing to treat periodontal disease. A periodontist may be needed for additional treatments that could be more extensive and invasive.

  • Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ), Jaw Muscles and Occlusion

Overall oral health includes the ability to move the jaw without pain and to have a stable bite without damage to the teeth. Occlusion, any adjustment to the jaw, needs to be considered when formulating a treatment plan for a full-mouth restoration. These corrections will occur before any restorative procedure.

  • Aesthetics

The color, shape, size, and proportion of the teeth, all in relation to the gums, lips, mouth, side profile, and the face are also factors of the restoration.

The treatment plan will be developed from all historical dental records and present conditions. A step-by-step treatment plan will be prepared to correct all conditions and to complete the restoration.

This plan is a good tool to obtain a second opinion.

Full-Mouth Restoration vs. Smile Makeover

A full-mouth restoration is needed while a smile makeover is wanted or necessary vs. cosmetic. However, with today’s technology, any needed restorative procedure is treated cosmetically with tooth-colored materials that are functional, durable, and natural-looking.

Many of the same techniques and equipment used for smile makeovers are used for full-mouth restorations.

Insurance Coverage

Depending upon the diagnosis, the treatment plan, and the dental coverage, some of the costs of the restoration will be paid by an insurance plan as the procedures are needed rather than elective.

If you would like a consultation for further information on full-mouth restorations, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at Mass Bay Dental, located in Salem, MA, where new patients are always welcome.

Mass Bay Dental is trusted and highly recommended for all treatments and procedures for a full-mouth restoration.

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