Full Mouth Reconstruction Lancaster PA
Full mouth reconstruction refers to the process of completely restoring all of the teeth in your mouth. Full mouth reconstruction, unlike a “smile makeover,” is a necessary series of procedures, rather than an elective surgery. Full mouth reconstruction is needed when: teeth have been lost, teeth have been injured or fractured, teeth have become worn as a result of acid-erosion or jaw pain is present due to bite problems.
Procedures Involved in Full Mouth Reconstruction
Every patients full mouth reconstruction is different and, therefore, requires various different various different? (redundant) procedures. Usually, full mouth reconstruction requires multiple office visits and some amount of healing time. Dr. Weierbach will determine which procedure or combination of procedures is necessary to restore and rebuild your perfect smile. Dr. Weierbach will also refer you to other dental specialists if needed. Some options include:
- Teeth cleaning (prophylaxis)
- Crown lengthening to prepare tooth structure for possible crowns or bridges
- Surgery to reposition the jaw (orthognathic surgery)
- Contouring of the gum tissue
- Reduction of natural tooth structure to prepare for crowns, bridges, and veneers
- Placement of temporary restorations to get you used to your new teeth or bite adjustment
- Placement of permanent restorations such as crowns, veneers, inlays/onlays, or bridges
- Braces to move teeth into the ideal position for reconstruction
- Bone or soft tissue grafting to increase the stability of your teeth or implants
Full Mouth Reconstruction FAQs
What is a full mouth reconstruction?
There is a balance between the different parts of your mouth including the teeth, gums, and jaw joint (TMJ). A full mouth reconstruction harmonizes all the different aspects of your dental health by addressing the full gamut of oral health complications that you may suffer from, such as tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease, trauma and or bite problems.
I know I have a lot of dental problems. How do I decide what dentist is best qualified?
Dr. Weierbach is a prosthodontist, who has years of advanced training in full mouth reconstruction. He is a fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists. He has trained under the great masters of full mouth reconstruction at University of Pennsylvanian School of Dental Medicine where he is currently an associate clinical professor in esthetics and reconstructive dentistry. His over thirty years of experience in reconstructive dentistry will serve you well in realizing a comfortable, functionally balanced, beautiful, natural result which will stand the test of time.
What is the process?
The process starts with us listening to your concerns and taking a thorough medical and dental history. A comprehensive examination including radiographs, possible 3-D diagnostic imaging, and photographs of your teeth and smile gives us a complete understanding of your current situation. Thoughtful and thorough planning is paramount to an efficient and effective process.
We then have a conversation with you to provide you with a report of our findings and discuss treatment options, including pros and cons of those options, length of treatment, and financial commitment and payment options. You simply decide among those options and then set up an appointment to begin your treatment.
How can I be assured of a result I will be pleased with?
Our unique process is predicated on providing you with a predictable result. We can have a “preview” smile appointment where we work with you to develop a smile you will love. (See smile makeover “mock-up” in the FAQ section) We utilize your temporary restorations as a “blueprint” or “ prototype” for your final restoration. We make sure your gums are healthy, the teeth structurally strong, TMJ comfortable, and eating naturally, and that you love the look of your temporaries before we proceed to the permanent teeth. Once the permanent teeth are delivered, we give you a few months as a trial period to make sure you are pleased with all aspects of your new reconstruction.
How can I pay for such an involved treatment?
Over the years, we have learned to come along side you and discuss payment options and offer financing either through our practice or a third party. Phasing treatment over time is often a great way to get you the quality dentistry you would like and have it more affordable by spreading it over several years.