Full-mouth reconstruction involves restoration or replacement of each tooth in the mouth. Philadelphia accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Weiss provides this treatment and produces beautiful smile transformations.
This level of dentistry is generally not taught to dental students. Dr.Weiss received his training in complex restorative dentistry through a series of courses at the Dawson Institute in Florida which has been providing this training for many years.
When Is Full-Mouth Reconstruction Needed?
Full-mouth reconstruction is required when there is major oral dysfunction which can result in a disorder called TMJ disorder. The temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is the complex joint where the lower jaw attaches to the skull. Serious issues with your teeth, how they come together and function, can cause debilitating functional problems, jaw pain, and headaches. When this joint isn’t functioning properly, there can be tenderness in the muscles that attach the jaws together including painful spasms. Here are some of those issues that can cause that major dysfunction:
- Badly decayed or worn teeth
- Broken teeth
- Teeth damaged by trauma
- Misaligned teeth that don’t meet in a comfortable bite
- Misshaped teeth
- Missing teeth, which can result in adjoining teeth tipping into the empty space
- Lost vertical dimension, which can include short or worn down teeth that results in overclosure of the jaws
- Upper teeth that severely overlap the lower teeth
What Is the Solution?
Full-mouth reconstruction can involve a combination of dental treatments. An examination is required to determine your options, but some possibilities are included below.
Crowns cover and protect teeth that can be saved but are still badly worn, decayed, or damaged. The affected teeth will be tapered to accommodate crowns. Dr. Weiss provides crowns that mimic the shade, translucency, and gloss of natural teeth. Customized crowns are made with characteristics that complement your facial features.
The photos below are an example of how Dr. Weiss uses dental crowns to rejuvenate smiles.
If you have teeth that have tipped out of alignment, some minor orthodontic treatment may be needed to right them.
If you have missing teeth, dental implants are the healthiest and most natural-looking way to replace them. Each tooth can be replaced with an implant, or a dental bridge can be anchored by implants to replace missing teeth. The implants are restored with crowns.
What Can You Expect with Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
- You’ll receive an examination and digital x-rays to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums.
- Dr. Weiss will explain your treatment options and, based on your decisions, he will provide a treatment plan.
- Before your teeth are restored, damage, decay, and old dental work will be removed.
- We will take impressions of the remaining healthy tooth structure.
- Throughout the process, you will have opportunities to preview and try on mockups of your smile makeover and request changes before the final restorations are permanently placed.
- Dr. Weiss will work closely with his ceramist to ensure you receive healthy, natural-looking results.
- Your tooth replacements or restorations will proceed as outlined in your treatment plan.
Request a Consultation or an Exam
If you would like to ask some questions about your option, you can ask for a 20-minute complimentary consultation. Dr. Weiss will listen to your smile goals, briefly examine your teeth, and explain your options for full-mouth reconstruction. If you’re ready to start the process, request an appointment for a full exam. Call us or complete our Request an Appointment form.