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Full Mouth Reconstruction


Dental x-ray of a full mouthFull mouth reconstruction, also known as full mouth restoration or rehabilitation, involves the transformation of badly decayed, damaged and missing teeth into a healthy and beautiful smile. A full mouth reconstruction is an effective option for patients with a large variety of dental needs like bone loss, an improper bite, several missing teeth, and more.

At Oral and Facial Surgery Center, Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Ardoin can create a customized treatment plan that caters to all your dental issues.

Reasons for Full Mouth Reconstruction


Full mouth reconstruction entails multiple restorative and cosmetic procedures, from dental implants to prosthetic crowns. Some of the reasons why patients require full mouth reconstruction include:
•  Pain and soreness in the gums, teeth or jaw
•  Several missing or badly decayed teeth
•  Multiple loose teeth
•  Extreme bone loss in the jaw
•  Bad breath
•  Severely eroded shortened teeth
•  Teeth that are chipped cracked and broken
•  A protruding jaw or an overbite
•  Badly crooked and misaligned teeth
•  Gummy smile

People with special conditions also require full mouth reconstruction. These conditions include amelogenesis, which causes abnormalities in enamel composition; ectodermal dysplasia, which causes abnormal development of teeth, nail, hair, skin and sweat glands; and dentinogenesis imperfect, which causes severely discolored teeth.

What Full Mouth Reconstruction Entails


Full mouth reconstruction treats oral diseases, addresses jawbone and gum damage, corrects the position of the jaw, fixes the bite, replaces broken down defective dental work, and restores or replaces missing teeth.

Since the treatment procedures are comprehensive and extensive, full mouth reconstruction can take longer than 12 months.

Soft and Hard Tissues


Your mouth’s soft tissue includes the gums, tongue, inner cheek, and lips. Meanwhile, the hard tissue includes the teeth and the jawbone. Additionally, your mouth consists of several connective tissues like nerves and blood vessels that should be taken into account when performing an oral reconstruction surgery.

Upper and Lower Arch


The relationship between your maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) is very important when considering a full mouth reconstruction, especially proper occlusion and how your teeth work in conjunction with your jaw joint. If any of these systems become compromised, it can negatively affect the health and functionality of your mouth.

Oral Cancer


Patients with oral cancer can also benefit from a special kind of full mouth reconstruction. This involves not just replacing missing teeth but also restoring other missing structures in the oral cavity.

A full mouth reconstruction can involve a combination of treatments like dental implantations, crowns, veneers, fillings, inlays and onlays, orthodontia, root canal therapy and more, to ensure your teeth perform and look the best they can.

Contraindications for Full Mouth Reconstruction


Patients considering undergoing full mouth reconstruction should provide us with a full history of their dental and medical conditions. Special considerations should be given to people who have certain conditions:
•  Patients who suffer from autoimmune disease, heart disorders, and cancer, and who have undergone organ transplant, have weakened immune systems. Full mouth reconstruction is not recommended on these patients.
•  Patients who have bad oral habits, like drug abuse, excess alcohol consumption, smoking, and tobacco chewing, can also compromise the effectiveness of full mouth reconstruction.
•  Naturally, younger people who undergo full mouth reconstruction recover more quickly than older patients. Dental reconstruction becomes quite risky for patients who are over 80 years old. Such patients should consider less invasive procedures than full mouth restoration.

If you have multiple dental and oral health issues, call us at 337-443-2533 for our Lafayette location or 337-381-3663 for our Opelousas location to schedule an appointment with us, and we will discuss a treatment plan with you.


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Monday-Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 12pm



Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 12pm