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Full Mouth Reconstruction


woman talking to dental assistant in dental chairJulie A. Phillips, DDS, MS understands that sometimes we must rebuild and replace all the teeth in our mouth. Regardless of why your natural teeth are beyond repair, it’s good to know that a full mouth reconstruction is a possibility here. This is the best way to restore and improve on your oral health; how your teeth function; and the way you look overall – something that will affect your self-confidence overall.

Who Should Consider Getting a Full Mouth Reconstruction?


Many people have dental problems throughout their entire mouth. Typically, this includes missing many teeth; having large fillings in many of your teeth that are either falling out or experiencing some type of decay; or having habits (e.g., teeth grinding, a.k.a. bruxism) that have severely worn down your teeth. There are also some patients who were born with conditions that require them to undergo extensive restoration of their teeth. These conditions are something that we must address comprehensively so that we can produce a final result that improves your mouth’s overall functioning and appearance.

Treatment Options Available for a Full Mouth Reconstruction


Your treatment will begin with a detailed exam. This allows us to check on your temporomandibular joint (a.k.a. TMJ), jaw muscles, bite (a.k.a. occlusion), and periodontal health. Of course, we’ll also look at your teeth to see what they look like and how healthy they are. From there we’ll be able to determine what treatment options you’ll need.

When there’s periodontitis (a.k.a. gum disease) discovered during your exam, the first step will be to treat it. Typically, this is done by placing you under a local anesthetic so we can scale and plane your teeth (scraping and cleaning away all the plaque that’s built up around your teeth and under your gum line). Sometimes laser treatment is necessary. From there we can proceed on to your full mouth reconstruction.

Treatment options are different for each patient based on their oral health needs. Some treatments are more common than others though. These include things like:
•  Bone or gum grafting (a surgical procedure that’s used to build up your gums or jaw bone)
•  Root canals (when bacteria enter your tooth’s pulp, this procedure will remove it and rebuild the area so your natural tooth can remain in place)
•  Dental implants (a permanent way of replacing a missing tooth)
•  Crowns (a.k.a. caps are used to make a damaged tooth look natural again)
•  Orthodontics (e.g., braces for improving your misaligned teeth)

All these treatments work together to give you an entire “smile makeover.” This won’t only help you look better, but you’ll also feel better since you’ll be able to chew your food more efficiently.

Getting Started on Your Full Mouth Reconstruction


For this procedure, you must consult with a prosthodontist – a dentist who focuses on prosthetics. They’ll have a team of dentists who will work together on your full mouth reconstruction. If you think this is something you need, call Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS at 336-890-8218 to set up an appointment to discuss this procedure today.
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