Why You Might Need Full Mouth Reconstruction

two dentists performing reconstructive surgery

If you suffer from multiple failing components in your mouth, you may be an ideal candidate for full mouth reconstruction. This refers to multiple restorative dentistry and surgical procedures that share a collective goal of restoring your overall oral health and enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Here’s a look at how to determine whether you may need full mouth reconstruction surgery, which is offered by Rutgers Health University Dental Associates.

What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

This term refers to the types of oral surgery procedures meant to repair various failing components of the mouth. These components include soft tissues, such as the gums, lips, inner cheeks and tongue, as well as hard tissues like the teeth and jawbone. The goal is to restore overall oral health and have those components return to working together in harmony. Your full mouth reconstruction at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates may involve any number of the following types of procedures:

  • Orthodontics, including braces, spacers and retainers
  • Endodontics, ranging from root canals to other dental tissue treatments
  • Periodontics, which could involve soft tissue surgery, scaling and root planning
  • Prosthodontics to restore the mouth’s health with crowns, bridges, fillings and more
  • Cosmetic dentistry, bruxism treatments or neuromuscular dentistry

Signs You Might Need a Full Mouth Reconstruction

There are numerous dental health conditions that could warrant a full mouth reconstruction, which is typically performed when multiple problems exist. These issues can include the following:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Worn-out dental work in need of repair
  • Facial trauma and injury, including nerve damage
  • Damaged, disfigured, overcrowded or missing teeth
  • Failing fillings or other prior dental work on numerous teeth
  • Malocclusion from degraded jaw joints and/or chronic jaw pain
  • Diseases of the mouth, including gum disease and oral cancers
  • Conditions that patients might’ve been born with, such as ectodermal dysplasia, amelogenesis imperfect, dentogenesis imperfect, cleft lip or cleft palate

Why Undergo a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

This dental practice will provide patients with more than just a beautiful smile. In addition to improving aesthetics, the function of your entire mouth will be fully restored. That means your bite will be corrected, gaps in your smile will be filled and any other existing issues will be addressed. For patients battling oral cancer, a full mouth reconstruction will not only replace all missing teeth, but it could also restore any missing structures within the oral cavity.

What to Expect

The process for full mouth reconstruction varies on a patient to patient basis. When you arrive for your initial appointment at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, our team will discuss your individual symptoms to know where to start. We will recommend  a number of restorative techniques depending on what you need to send you home with a brand new smile.

How to Get Started

If you are concerned about your overall health and experience a combination of any of the symptoms above, you may be a candidate for a full mouth reconstruction. Our trusted team will determine which procedures are necessary and will provide you with unrivaled support throughout the entire process. Our Newark and New Brunswick, New Jersey locations are open to all ages and feature expert care from renowned oral surgeons and specialists. To schedule an appointment, contact Rutgers Health University Dental Associates today.