A full mouth restoration, also known as full mouth rehabilitation or “rehab”, involves having multiple dental restoration procedures performed to bring the mouth back to a “complete” state. Full mouth restorations require a certain kind of “full body” expertise. Figuring out if a complete dental restoration is the right option for you also requires a thorough understanding of the cause of your issues / pain versus just trying to treat symptoms, as is usually done in traditional “tooth by tooth” dentistry.
Multiple procedures are performed with full mouth reconstruction, such as: jaw reposturing, the addition of crowns and /or veneers, dental implants as well as root canal therapy (not performed by Dr. Meyer).
When You May Need a Full Mouth Restoration
There are several situations where restoring your mouth to a complete state may be the right option for you. For example, when your mouth has fallen into disarray from lost teeth, drifted teeth, etc. If you are experiencing a system wide “breakdown” from years of “tooth by tooth” dentistry, a full restoration would be the best choice (similar to tearing down a dilapidated home and rebuilding from the ground up). Often, when people are suffering from chronic pain such as headaches, jaw pain, and other signs of Temporomandibular Dysfunctions due to multiple abnormalities, a restoration can help alleviate these painful symptoms. Lastly, restorations can provide you with a more youthful appearance and a beautiful smile.
Many benefits can come as a result of a full mouth restoration such as heightened confidence, enhanced facial balance and harmony, better function and speech, as well as relief from pain or depression caused by the previous dental conditions.
A Tooth at a Time Restoration
This is the type of dentistry the vast majority of people know about and have done for them. However, a good number of these types of patiencts could benefit greatly from a complete mouth view point. The transition from the one at a time to complete mouth restoration can be a gradual one and one that often only is episodically painful. For some, the decision to have intervention is driven by pain. For others, it is a desire to chew “normally” again and still, others want to retain a vigorous youthful appearance with this aspect of anti-aging dentistry. Most dentistry is performed to fix or repair something into the current state of function or dysfunction.
A younger person with a simple cavity has a filling to repair the bacterial infection in a high normal healthy mouth. An adult who fractures or sheers off the cusp of a tooth with a large mercury filling and grinds, will likely receive a crown that is then built into the existing state of repair of the system. Here, it can be akin to rebuilding a house while the town is burning around it. There comes then a breaking point for an individual and they are all different.
In the images below, you will see patient 1 was tired of the attempts to put cosmetic veneers on his teeth because they always came off. Patient 2 is a vigorous handsome man whose smile made him feel older than he otherwise felt. Patient 3 had chronically sensitive teeth, visited multiple dentists and had no viable answer but to use desensitizing toothpaste. A functional analysis revealed the real problem and then time and effort brought them to the state of wholeness you can see evidenced below.
Is a Full Mouth Restoration Costly?
The time and effort to restore the complete mouth can be expensive. Depending on your specific needs, the fees can vary widely. For this reason, we have secured independent financing, at attractive terms, to help you get the help you need. The benefits you can realize can far outweigh the cost. The confident smile, the pain free life, and well being that comes with a properly restored dentition lives on and on beyond the fee.
Conversely, what is the cost of not doing a proper diagnosis and restoration? For one, PAIN, daily pain, inability to enjoy a meal out with friends, embarrassment when you want to smile but have to give a Mona Lisa smile. Do yourself a favor and at least ask if this type of dentistry is right for you. You might be pleasantly surprised!