A range of actions can cause a change in your oral health, such as an accident or a lack of proper oral hygiene. Sometimes, the only thing that can be done is a full mouth reconstruction. Once the procedure is complete, you will have the self-confidence once again that you had before your teeth were damaged. The first step in the process is to consult with an oral surgeon who can examine the mouth to determine the best method of reconstruction. The type of reconstruction sometimes depends on the situation that resulted in the damage to your teeth. An illness like cancer or a car accident is usually dealt with differently than if your teeth are damaged because of a lack of oral care.
Most procedures take place in an outpatient facility because you will likely be put to sleep or heavily sedated depending on what exactly needs to be done. At times, all of the teeth need to be removed before the process can begin. However, if there are some teeth that can be saved, then only those that are damaged are removed before the teeth that are left are corrected. This procedure is known as a partial reconstruction because only certain areas are repaired instead of the entire mouth.
The oral surgeon will thoroughly examine any teeth that are left in the mouth and their condition. An examination of the gums and the jaw will also take place to determine the structure that is present to work with. Bone grafting might be required so that there is support for the implants that are placed. You’ll likely be given an antibiotic before the reconstruction procedure so that any infection is cleared from the mouth. Your treatment plan will be discussed as well as what to expect after the reconstruction. Most of the time, you’ll be able to eat like normal and have a mouth that has a natural appearance. After the procedure, you need to maintain proper oral health to keep your teeth in the best condition. You’ll also need to continue regular visits to your dentist to ensure that the reconstruction is maintained.