Full mouth reconstruction is a term we use when patients present with a long term breakdown of their dentition. What does that mean? Well most people think that their teeth are in basically the same position that they were in ten years ago, and that their teeth will not change in condition in ten years from now. This would be nice, but it's not necessarily true. The mouth is a tough environment to survive. We chew on our teeth over a thousand times every day, and most people grind their teeth to some degree at night. Old fillings even when placed well, are constantly in a warm, moist environment and then flooded by acidic beverages and course foods. Because many of these fillings are silver, it hides the destruction that might be going on underneath them.
At the Center for Smiles, we attempt to save the teeth from this long term breakdown and restore the proper esthetics that their natural teeth were made to have. This allows people to have healthy beautiful teeth that will last a lifetime. How do we do this? Well, a full mouth reconstruction is different for everybody. Some people that have a relatively stable bite might simply need a small adjustment and to place any fillings where minor decay (cavities) might have started. Others might need crowns or veneers on all their teeth in the upper or lower arch, and some might need crowns or veneers on all of the teeth in their mouth. Missing teeth can be replaced with bridges, implants, or partial or full dentures in order to restore balance and allow for long term stability in people's bites.