Full mouth reconstruction involves a series of procedures to restore your mouth to optimal function and appearance. A full mouth reconstruction is customized to the needs of each patient and often includes elements of restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
A smile makeover is similar to a full mouth reconstruction, so the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. However, a smile makeover is cosmetic in nature, while a full mouth reconstruction is often cosmetic and functional.
Examples of the types of treatments that are often involved in a full mouth reconstruction or a smile makeover may include:
- Dental implants
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Teeth whitening
- Dental fillings
- Cosmetic bonding
Benefits of Full Mouth Reconstruction
The benefits of a full mouth reconstruction include:
- Filling gaps from missing teeth
- Restoring your bite force
- Restored chewing ability
- Correcting speech problems
- Properly aligned teeth
- Even teeth
- Straight teeth
- Reduced pain in the jaw joint
- Improved self-confidence
- Healthy teeth and gums
- Corrected overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite
Why Choose Kalmar Family Dentistry?
Kalmar Family Dentistry has nearly 50 years of expertise serving Huntington, NY, and surrounding communities. Dr. Kelly Kalmar, a second-generation dentist in the family practice, has provided restorative, cosmetic, and pediatric dental services since 1998. As a top-reviewed dental practice in the area, Kalmar Family Dentistry aims to provide exceptional results, comfortable care, and excellent patient service.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Patients with one or more cosmetic or functional problems with their teeth may be a good candidate for a full mouth reconstruction. If you’re tired of dealing with severely damaged teeth, chronic gum disease, or multiple cosmetic issues, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kalmar.
Most people are good candidates for cosmetic treatments, although underlying conditions such as gum disease must be treated first. If you require dental implants to replace missing teeth, your medical history, medications you take, and overall health will be considered before approval for surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Full Mouth Reconstruction
Is a full mouth reconstruction covered by insurance?
Because a full mouth reconstruction involves multiple procedures, some may be covered or partially covered by dental insurance. For example, your dental insurance may pay for your dental fillings and offer coverage for crowns. If your policy includes orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may be covered. For details, contact your insurance company.
What procedures will I need to restore my smile?
It depends on your oral health. In some cases, you may only need to straighten your teeth followed by teeth whitening for a gleaming smile. In other cases, you may need to have cavities filled, damaged teeth crowned, or missing teeth replaced. Full mouth reconstructions are customized to each patient.
Do I need a smile makeover or a full mouth reconstruction?
If there is nothing functionally wrong with your mouth, a smile makeover consisting of cosmetic treatments is all you’ll need. However, if there is a problem with your bite or if you need to replace teeth with dental implants, or otherwise restore damaged teeth, the procedures will collectively be referred to as a full mouth reconstruction.
How long will it take to reconstruct my smile?
It depends on the complexity of the conditions that need to be treated or improved. If you need dental implant surgery, along with other restorations, and cosmetic procedures, the full treatment will take more than one year to complete. If you need fewer procedures or treatments, your new smile may be finished in as few as six months.
Will reconstructing my mouth be painful?
Some treatments may leave your mouth feeling tender at times. If you have Invisalign as part of your treatment, you will feel pressure as your teeth shift into proper alignment. For all restorative procedures, your mouth will be numb, so you won’t experience pain while undergoing treatment. Sedation via nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is also available at Kalmar Family Dentistry to make you comfortable during dental procedures.