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20 Aug

Full Mouth Reconstruction: What is your goal?

A full mouth reconstruction is a way to completely change or rehabilitate the way your mouth looks. The size, shape, color and position of your teeth can all be changed to look exactly how you want. Reconstruction can restore a mouth lost to decay and misuse, correct problems from birth, or just change the look of your mouth. The result: a boost in your confidence and self-esteem.

But, of course, there are a lot of variables involved, meaning you need to be well informed before you make any decisions.

Here are some considerations you should be thinking about before you even get to the dentist:

What’s your goal?

First up, the question that will guide your full mouth reconstruction journey:

Why are you doing this?

When it comes to dental work, goals break down into three categories. There is almost always some overlap between them, but they broadly break down into:

Functional Goals

These can include things like:

  • “I can’t eat properly.” Missing teeth or poor alignment can make eating unnecessarily difficult.
  • I don’t want to wear removable dentures.” Do you have removable dentures that you just don’t want to deal with any more? Feel as though they’ve never fit properly? Or maybe you know you’ll need to remove your teeth, but do not want removable dentures.
  • “My jaw is starting to change due to lost teeth and I want to stop it.” Bone cells are shed and replaced just like every other cell in our body. Over time, any gaps in our jaw bone left by extracted teeth will start to close up, changing the shape of our jaw.
  • I have an over/underbite that causes issues.” Under and overbites can cause problems with speech and eating.

Esthetic Goals

Concerns such as:

  • “I don’t like my smile.” It’s a broad concern, but perfectly valid. It can be for so many reasons, many of which also crossover into the functional and health territory.
  • “I can’t get a job because of my bad teeth.” Looks, particularly smiles, are still found to play a major role in job candidates’ chances during interviews.
  • “My teeth are crooked or crowded.” This is another issue we could have easily put into another category, as crooked or crowded
  • I don’t want my dentures to fall out.” This is a common worry of people with traditional dentures. The embarrassment of teeth falling out during social situations can be crippling for some.
  • “I’ve had different restorations from different dentists over many years, and they don’t match. Dental restorations can discolor and chip over time. Older restorations might not match newer ones. Different materials will also change appearance at different rates — dental composite, for example, discolors much faster than porcelain. This can leave people with mismatched and unappealing restorations.

Health Goals

  • “I have periodontal disease and have been told it’s a losing battle.” You might already know that you need to have your teeth extracted and replaced due to disease.
  • “I have temporomandibular joint dysfunction and need to correct my bite. TMJ and TMD is a condition where the temporomandibular joint (where the jaw connects with the temple) causes problems. Sometimes correcting the bite is the only way to fix it.

Full Mouth Restoration Tip:
Think long and hard about why you’re doing this. There’s no right or wrong answer, it just needs to be the answer that is right for you. This is a long-term investment and should not be done impulsively.

And, when you find your goal, you can call Maida to book your full mouth restoration appointment at our clinic!

*This is an abridged version of an article from DayoDental