Full-mouth rehabilitation, often referred to as rejuvenation or reconstruction of the mouth, involves individually recreating every tooth in a patient’s mouth. A dentist undertakes this process when a patient has a majority of teeth that are broken or missing, when numerous teeth are worn down, or when the patient is experiencing popping or clicking in the jaw, tender muscles, headaches, joint pain in the jaw or neck pain. The procedure is designed to eliminate any problems the person is experiencing in their bite, while simultaneously improving the appearance of the smile. Individuals with multiple problems often find this is the solution they have been searching for.
What Does Full-Mouth Rehabilitation Involve?
Dentists make use of current technologies to rebuild and reshape not only the teeth but the gums and the surrounding areas to achieve the desired results. A number of procedures may be used throughout the process to ensure this is the case, with the end result being an improved appearance, one that allows the person to have confidence and feel attractive when they smile. This process combines cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry to ensure the rehabilitation brings about a smile that is gorgeous, comfortable and functional all at the same time.
The Full-Mouth Rehabilitation Process
The dentist begins by measuring muscle function in the jaw when it is relaxed and when it is stressed. When any imbalance is detected during the measurements, the dentist determines which type of dental restoration will eliminate the issue. This may involve the use of dental veneers, porcelain restorations, onlays or dental crowns to change the bite and achieve the necessary jaw position for comfort. Pain and discomfort decrease, if they aren’t eliminated, with this process. Patients also find their health and overall function improve when the mouth is fully rehabilitated.
Who is a Good Candidate For Full-Mouth Rehabilitation?
Many people discover they are a good candidate for full-mouth rehabilitation. Individuals suffering from temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) problems and those with loose teeth find they benefit from the process, and the same is true of those suffering from migraines or regular headaches. The process helps those with back, shoulder, neck and facial pain and those who experience pain and/or soreness in the joints of the jaw. Worn, cracked or chipped teeth and those with dental restorations that tend to break, chip or crack often need a full-mouth rehabilitation. Furthermore, individuals who have numbness in the arms and fingers may benefit from this procedure, and the same is true for individuals who experience stuffiness or congestion in the ears, yet cannot determine where the problem lies. A dentist can determine if this is the right solution for a patient after conducting a complete exam and determining the right treatment plan for their needs.
Who is Involved in the Process?
Depending on the treatment plan, multiple dental practitioners may need to be involved in the process. Some patients find their general or restorative dentist can do all of the work, yet others need to see an oral surgeon or orthodontist. Endodontists, those specializing in the pulp of the tooth, and periodontists, those who specialize in the gums and their diseases and disorders, may be called in to assist with the full-mouth rehabilitation. This all depends on the individual treatment plan of the patient.
How Does a Full-Mouth Rehabilitation Differ From a Smile Makeover?
Smile makeovers are cosmetic procedures, while a full mouth rehabilitation is a necessity. The makeover functions to improve the appearance of a person’s smile. Where the rehabilitation process differs is it corrects problems that may interfere with normal functioning of the mouth. What patients need to recognize is the same equipment and techniques are often used in both procedures to ensure the success of the treatment plan.
Paying For Full-Mouth Rehabilitation
Individuals often worry about the cost of full mouth rehabilitation. Insurance typically covers many costs associated with the process. Speak to the dentist to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan and to determine what will and will not be covered by insurance. The dentist can also assist in determining financing options for any portion of the plan that won’t be covered. This may include financing through the dental office or third-party financing, with the goal being to ensure every patient obtains the dental care they need in a timely manner.
If you have a number of missing or broken teeth, pain in your jaw or back or other issues, contact us today to determine how we can be of help. Our goal is to find the solution or solutions that work best for you, and we won’t stop until we manage to accomplish this. Full mouth rehabilitation is only one option we offer, as each patient is unique. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can begin, and you can have the smile you dream of, one that you will want to share with others wherever you go.
For more information about our Full-Mouth Rehabilitation, or the many other dentistry services we provide, please contact the Washington Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at (202) 873-1341.