In short, a full-mouth restoration (or sometimes called reconstruction or rehabilitation) is the individual restructuring of each and every tooth in a mouth. FMR is called for where the teeth are worn down, broken down or missing, causing problems in both the bite and appearance of the mouth. The most common solutions to these problems are crowns, veneers, inlays, and bridge work. FMR in the hands of a highly skilled dentist is usually so successful that others cannot discern the real teeth from the restoration. This technique involves some easy preliminary information gathering. Reconstruction is completed in just two appointments – a preparation appointment and a seating appointment. During the preparation appointment all old restorations and any decay are removed, impressions are made of the underlying healthy tooth structure and beautiful temporary teeth are made. These temporaries are worn until the seat appointment, about three weeks later. This appointment involves removing the temporaries and bonding on the final restorations.
If you have teeth that are worn, shifted, missing, broken, or a combination of these, then FMR may be the answer. FMR is designed to restore your smile and, at the same time, make eating easier and more comfortable. Cosmetic dentistry has evolved dramatically in recent years. Many people have old dentistry that was done in bits and pieces. Much of it has worn resulting in collapsed bites and difficulty with chewing. This wear and patchwork quilt of old dental work creates an appearance that can age you beyond how you feel. Furthermore, a poor bite can cause jaw joint problems, muscle tenderness, and even headaches. Chewing and speech may be affected, as well.
If you have teeth that are in very poor health or those who have worn them excessively over time, you should consider this procedure. You probably have lost vertical dimension if your teeth appear short, show signs of wear, or if your top teeth nearly or completely overlap your lower teeth. This “vertical dimension” is typically lost from decay or from teeth “grinding” (often from stress and/or misalignment of teeth). Other signs of lost vertical dimension are pains in the joints located near your ears, headaches, back pain, muscle pain, clicking and or popping of the jaw joints. Vertical dimension is restored by physically adding to the biting surfaces of all teeth. A material similar to porcelain is used to enhance the height of teeth in the form of a typical crown. It has been estimated that approximately 80% of the general population have lost some Vertical Dimension.
See our Before & After photo gallery for amazing examples of full mouth reconstruction.