When a patient has significant problems with all or nearly all of their teeth, a full dental (or full mouth) reconstruction may be the only predictable option. A full dental reconstruction is not a single procedure, but rather a combination of dental procedures used to eliminate dental disease and re-establish a healthy smile by treating then entire dentition. It involves determining which teeth can be repaired and which can’t, then rebuilding the teeth that remain and replacing those that are missing. A full dental reconstruction not only involves a number of different dental techniques, but may also involve several different dental specialists (endodontist, periodontist, orthodontist, or oral surgeon).
Here are a few examples of full dental reconstruction:
What to Expect
Full dental reconstruction requires very careful planning, and thus also an investment of time at the outset. In addition to a comprehensive examination and standard radiographs, patients seeking this treatment option will also require impressions (molds) of their teeth, photographs, and possibly a 3-dimensional radiograph called a cone-beam CT scan.
Once all the diagnostic information has been gathered, Dr. Limmer will create a mock-up of your new smile on a model, so that you may see the vision that he has for your particular case, and to help you better understand why specific recommendations are made.
Another key component of full dental reconstruction is the use of temporary (provisional) restorations. Provisionals are plastic versions of the final restorations that give the patient a chance to test out their new smile and evaluate appearance, speech, and chewing.
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Limmer has extensive training in how to plan, sequence, and deliver a full dental reconstruction. His unique understanding of digital technology and the latest dental materials enable him to transform a patient’s smile, and ensure lasting success.