Benefits and Risks of Full Mouth Reconstruction
Just about everyone develops some form of dental complication in their lifetime. The most common of these is tooth decay. Without treatment dental decay can lead to further oral health concerns, including infection, gum recession, and tooth loss. When someone is suffering from multiple dental problems at once, restoring the smile may seem hopeless. However, full mouth reconstruction can do just that.
Full mouth reconstruction combines restorative dentistry treatments to rebuild oral strength, health, and functions. The dentists at Brooklyn Heights Dental help our Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, and Fort Greene, patients consider the benefits and risks of full mouth reconstruction, so they can determine if this dental procedure is the right choice for their oral health needs.
What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is a dental procedure that is geared towards restoring the function and form of the smile. This personalized treatment combines a series of dental procedures to address multiple oral health concerns at once. Depending on each patient’s unique needs, full mouth reconstruction can treat issues such as:
- Advanced tooth decay
- Root canal infection
- Gum disease/gum recession
- Dental erosion
- Chips, cracks, or fractures
- Jaw recession
- Tooth loss
Risks of Full Mouth Reconstruction
Any dental procedure carries a minimal degree of risk. Because full mouth reconstruction often involves several types of dental treatments, the risk of full mouth reconstruction complications is slightly higher than when someone undergoes a single dental procedure.
If full mouth reconstruction requires oral surgery, as is the case if a patient is receiving dental implants, there is a chance that the surgical site could become infected. Patients are often prescribed antibiotics following oral surgery to minimize the risk of infection. When medications are taken as prescribed and post-treatment care instructions are followed, the risk of full mouth reconstruction complications is extremely low, and far outweighed by the benefits of the procedure.
Benefits of Full Mouth Reconstruction
Dental issues threaten the health, function, and beauty of the smile. When multiple concerns are present at once, or when oral health problems are left untreated, they can progress to more serious complications. Full mouth reconstruction assists patients by treating the issues that are present, and preventing further complications from developing. Among the most notable benefits of full mouth reconstruction are:
- Improved oral health
- Improved periodontal health
- Improved oral functions, including biting, chewing, and speaking
- Enhanced appearance of the smile
- Relief of oral pain, facial pain, and/or tooth sensitivity
- Preservation of jaw bone tissues/prevention of bone degeneration
- Preservation of oral and facial structure
- Preservation of the natural teeth
- Prevention of more serious dental complications, such as widespread infection and tooth loss
If the health and function of your smile seem beyond repair, the dental team at Brooklyn Heights Dental would be happy to customize a full mouth reconstruction treatment plan to give you back the strong, healthy, attractive smile you desire. To learn more about this dental procedure, and whether you are an ideal candidate for treatment, send us a message online, or call our dental practice at (718) 857-6639.