Your oral health is complicated, involving hard tissues such as the teeth and jawbone, and soft tissues such as the gums and tongue. They all work together with the connective tissues that align the upper and lower teeth and create your bite. When all of these parts are working together a trip to Dr. Steier’s may mean nothing more than a routine cleaning and exam, or maybe replacing an old filling.
But when things start to head south, your oral health becomes compromised. Severely decayed teeth, gum disease, alignment and bite problems — at this point all of the teeth and gums in both the upper and lower jaw may need attention. This is called full-mouth reconstruction, and Dr. Steier has extensive experience in its various facets. Her specialization in prosthodontics is especially helpful in the process of giving her patients back a healthy, beautiful smile.
What is Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
Full-mouth reconstruction involves all of the teeth and soft tissues. The goal is to replace missing teeth, repair damaged teeth, and correct improperly aligned jaw joints and bites. It also can reverse gum disease, rebuild lost jawbone mass, and replace worn out dental appliances. Dr. Steier’s extensive expertise in all facets of restorative dentistry enables her to perform most of what may be necessary. But, if there are areas where she needs outside assistance, she may enlist the work of a periodontist or oral surgeon, for example.
Choose Dr. Steier for your Full-Mouth Reconstruction
A full-mouth reconstruction is a very complex and comprehensive procedure. The procedure is multi-disciplinary, meaning that it takes several specialists to complete successfully. Therefore, this extensive procedure should not be completed by your general dentist alone. Full-mouth reconstruction involves an makeover of the entire mouth, including both upper and lower jaws. Since the procedure may involve changing the bite schema, it is necessary to have a dentist that has detailed knowledge of the chewing process and function of the mouth. The procedure must be done comprehensively by an experienced specialist like Dr. Carolina Steier.
Patients who choose to go to a general dentist for dental issues often have recurring problems. While the dentist may solve one dental issue, another problem may develop a few months later. A full-mouth reconstruction with Dr. Steier will stop this from happening. Dr. Steier will choose the best procedures to remodel your mouth and solve your dental problems, while also giving you a brand new smile!
Who needs Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
There isn’t a single threshold denoting a full-mouth reconstruction. This isn’t a “set” procedure. Dr. Steier applies the term when a patient’s situation that has progressed far past just a tooth or two needing attention, or when the gums have passed gingivitis into full-on gum disease.
These are some possible issues that lead to full-mouth reconstruction:
- Multiple teeth that have been lost due to extensive decay or trauma
- Multiple teeth that are injured or fractured
- Teeth that have been worn down from long-term grinding or acid reflux
- Gum disease is threatening the health of the teeth and the jaw
Full-Mouth Reconstruction Before & After
What procedures does Full-Mouth Reconstruction include?
Full-mouth reconstruction with Dr. Steier is a great commitment. After your consultation, she will create a treatment plan and discuss it with you. Multiple phases and office visits will be necessary. The entire process may require a full year, depending on your situation. Full-mouth reconstruction can include any combination of the following procedures:
- Restorative dental treatments — Dental crowns, bridges, fillings, inlays and onlays
- Implant dentistry — Implants to replace missing teeth, and to provide anchor points for appliances such as bridges
- Cosmetic dentistry — Porcelain veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, gum re-contouring
- Bruxism treatment — Measures to end bruxism (tooth grinding)
- Orthodontics — Traditional braces, Invisalign, spacers, expanders, and retainers, all with the intent of moving the teeth into the proper locations
- Oral surgery — Soft and hard tissue grafting, extractions
- Periodontal treatments — Gum scaling, root planing, and periodontal surgery to address gum disease
Is Full-Mouth Reconstruction painful?
At Dr. Steier’s practice, we strive to make every procedure as comfortable as possible. Modern anesthesia and techniques make most procedures very comfortable. There may be some pain during recovery, but we help you manage that. And if you’re apprehensive about any treatments, we offer options to help relieve pain.
What’s the difference between Full-Mouth Reconstruction and a Smile Makeover?
The difference is the need for the procedures and the goals. Smile makeovers are elective procedures where the goal is to aesthetically improve the smile. This can be through the use of porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and the like.
Full-mouth reconstruction is necessary to save the patient’s teeth and overall oral health.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in a full-mouth reconstruction call (561) 395-3190 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carolina Steier, Our practice serves Boca Raton and surrounding areas in Florida.