Full Mouth Restoration

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Full Mouth Restoration: aka dental work, dental crowns, full tooth replacement


What is it?


A full mouth restoration is often referred to as dental restoration for the 21st century. It allows individuals to restore all dental work so they can recapture a beautiful smile. Among the procedures commonly performed during a full mouth restoration may include:


  • Dental crowns or dental caps for every tooth if necessary
  • Replacement of missing, cracked or lost teeth with dental implants
  • Replacement of missing or lost teeth with a combination of teeth with a combination of implants or crowns
  • Correction of any dental bits that needs to be corrected
  • Facial structure restored and invigorated
  • Beautification of smile


The Operation


Some people refer to a full mouth restoration as a rapid full mouth restoration. It allows for full mouth reconstruction without the need to extract all of the teeth as is often the case for dentures. Many people experience discoloring of the teeth and mismatched teeth because they have several different teeth extracted or fixed using various dental procedures during thief lifetime.


Full mouth restoration however will allow the individual to restore all of their teeth during just one or a few visits and have the full mouth have a uniform appeal. Typically the patient will come in, have their mouth fitted with temporary crowns  or caps, or a temporary denture even, which the patient will wear for up to six weeks and then have porcelain crowns fashioned which replace the temporary crowns during a second visit.


If the patient is to receive implants these will be placed once teeth are extracted and the inside of the mouth has healed enough to allow for the implant.


Alternatives to Surgery


If a person would rather not have surgery they can opt for dentures, which are not permanently bonded to the teeth. Extractions however are still necessary to have dentures fitted and placed in the mouth. They are a less expensive option than a full mouth restoration. Implants would be necessary to place permanent teeth in the mouth after an extraction if a patient desired a permanent solution after an extraction if they opted for dentures instead of a full mouth restoration the first time they elected a cosmetic surgery option.


Before the Operation


The dentist will review your medical history and make an impression of the mouth after performing a cleaning and cleaning out any decay from the teeth. The dentist will send the mold away to have custom crowns or dental caps made for each tooth in the mouth. This is an integral part of the full mouth restoration process. The dentist will then place temporary caps in the mouth for a period of up to 6 weeks usually which he or she will replace when the permanent caps come in.


In the case of implants the dentist will have to ensure the patient is healthy and ready to implants to be placed. Dental implants are made of titanium and screwed into the jawbone. The implant then allows for a false tooth or set of teeth to be placed permanently to the jawbone. This is also a good choice for replacing missing teeth. There must be enough bone available to set the teeth. This is a good choice for individuals missing several teeth. Many people that might ordinarily get bridges or partial dentures opt for implants.


After the Operation- In the Hospital


After the procedure the mouth will remain sore for some time, It is likely the dentist will prescribe some pain relief to keep you comfortable. Often the dentist will fit the replacement crowns to help correct problems with an over or under bite or with other bit problems also. This may also cause some soreness as the body adjusts.


Alternately, the dentist may measure the jaw and recommend an orthotic appliance to help adjust the patient’s bite for several weeks or months. This can help restore a natural bite in conjunction with the new dental restorations. Some dentists will work with one tooth and restore it before moving to other teeth. This may help alleviate some of the pain associated with restorations and improve the patient’s overall experience.


You may find doing this improves your overall health and outcome following your restoration.



After the Operation- At Home


You will find your teeth remain sore and sensitive to hot and cold for several hours to days following the procedure. There are many over-the-counter products that can help with this, although you can also ask your doctor for some products or prescription medications that may be more powerful or helpful in coping with this. You should check in with your doctor if you have any unusual symptoms including chills or fevers. Most patients recover well and are encouraged to eat a normal diet within a day or so following surgery.


Possible Complications


Many people find their mouth is sensitive and sore following a full mouth restoration. There is always a risk of infection following any procedure that involves drilling into the bone in the body or the soft tissues. It is important you get plenty of rest, drink fluids and eat a healthy diet. You will have to clean your teeth meticulously following this and any future dental procedures to reduce your risk for tooth decay.


General Advice


A full mouth restoration can be a life changing experience for anyone that has suffered from tooth decay, missing or broken teeth or a lifetime of dental problems. Many dental offices offer payment programs for individuals that find the cost of having a full mouth restoration prohibitive.


Keep in mind if the thought of having your entire mouth worked on in one sitting is too much many offices will allow you to have one or a few teeth worked on at one time so you don’t have to have all of your teeth fixed at once, although may recommend you do this to get the process over with so you can begin your new life!


Estimated Costs for Full Mouth Restoration


Most people the cost of a full mouth restoration varies considerably based on the type of procedure they want and what type of restoration they want. If you decide to have crowns installed on every tooth for example your procedure may cost more than if you decide to have a combination of crowns and implants or a complete bridge and implants or crowns placed in your mouth. Some people will also have neuromuscular work done to correct bit problems, whereas others will have extra dental work done in the way of veneers or other dental appliances to help correct bite problems.


Keep this in mind when reviewing the cost. You will have to talk with a personal health consultant to get a more accurate picture of how much it will cost you to have your individual situation evaluated. Many health companies offer free personal quotes to help you assess the cost of getting dental work done.


Country Cost
USA $30000-55000
Brazil $1400-17000
Costa Rica $4000-17000
South Africa $10000-15000
Thailand $18000-30000

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