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What is Full-Mouth Restoration?
When teeth become severely worn down over time (often through grinding/clenching) the jaw may become misaligned. In many cases the jaw over closes due to the shorter teeth. That means the muscles controlling the jaw are nearly constantly engaged. This is NOT a natural condition and can cause jaw pain, neck pain, headaches, and many other symptoms. It can also cause a sunken facial appearance that will make you look much older.
Full Mouth Reconstruction identifies a comfortable and relaxed jaw alignment and then uses all-porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers, porcelain bridges, and dental implants to rebuild the teeth to the correct size, shape, and position. This not only alleviates many painful symptoms and strengthens weakened teeth, but it also creates a healthy, beautiful new smile!
Full Mouth Restoration Corrects:
- Jaw that Is Out Of Alignment
- Chronic Headaches
- Neck And Jaw Pain (TMJ pain)
- Worn And Damaged Teeth
- Missing Teeth
- Sunken Faced Appearance
- Wrinkled corners of the mouth, lips, and chin
- Thin-lipped smile
- Gummy Smile
“Amazing professionals, they will work in order to do their best to reach our 100% satisfaction. I was aware the procedure was going to improve my overall physical appearance, but the change was actually dramatic. I am truly happy with the results, highly recommended !! These group of professionals will reach your expectations 100% !!!”
What Are the benefits of Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
You can place the benefits of full-mouth restoration at SmileTexas® into two categories — function and aesthetics. Most people don’t realize just how many problems trace their root cause back to the bite. When your bite is misaligned, the muscles can be engaged at all times, even when you’re not chewing or opening your mouth. This can create neck and jaw pain, even chronic headaches. Dr. Davis identifies the correct alignment of your jaw and then moves on to the restorations necessary to achieve that alignment. Your bite will be aligned, your teeth fully functional, and you’ll be able to enjoy a normal diet once again. Plus you will then be free of the pain associated with TMJ.
Aesthetically, what’s the value of a beautiful, balanced smile? A degraded smile is something a person subconsciously hides. But with your restored smile, you’ll be happy to smile once again.
Who is a good candidate for full mouth reconstruction?
A candidate for full mouth reconstruction is ready to restore the optimal function and appearance of their teeth. If you need full mouth reconstruction, you probably have one or more of the following that is contributing to a misaligned bite:
- Several teeth with decay
- Worn teeth
- Missing teeth
- Cracked and broken teeth
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Gum disease
- Misshapen teeth
- Previous dental work that is failing
All of these dental issues contribute to bite and jaw alignment that is less than optimal, which in turn contributes to further deterioration, discomfort, and straining of the ligaments and muscles of your face, neck, and jaw. Full mouth reconstruction restores the harmonious function of your jaws, teeth, and all the related structures by rebuilding damaged and vulnerable teeth.
How Long Does a Full Mouth Restoration Last?
Restorations like dental crowns, dental implants, and porcelain bridges can last for many years, even a decade or several decades. Other treatments have variable longevities. You can protect your results by practicing good dental hygiene habits, such as:
- Brushing twice per day
- Flossing once daily
- Limiting your enjoyment of soda, juice, and other sugary beverages
- Wearing a mouth guard if you play contact sports
- Avoiding bad habits like chewing on ice cubes, chewing on pen tips, and opening packages with your teeth
We know each of our patients wants a good return on their investment. Talk to our dentists about the estimated longevity of the treatments in your plan.
How Should I Prepare For Full Mouth Reconstruction Surgery?
Steps to prepare include:
- Arrange a consultation
- Discuss your dental concerns and goals with our dentists
- Learn about your options for restoring your teeth comprehensively
- Choose a treatment plan and review cost estimates
- Schedule your appointments
- Follow pre-treatment instructions for the specific procedures
Certain types of dentistry require very little before your appointment other than clearing your schedule. We will provide instructions for when to stop eating and drinking if you are receiving anesthesia for any of the procedures. If you do receive anesthesia, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home. We may recommend buying certain light foods and over-the-counter pain relievers for recovering from certain types of dental treatments.
Why Choose dr. bret davis?
Bret Davis, DMD, FAGD, has focused his dental career on achieving excellence in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. These are highly technical areas of dentistry that require extensive post-graduate training and years of hands-on experience to master. Dr. Davis has studied extensively at the World renown Las Vegas Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry. In order to offer Full-Mouth Restoration that would address proper bite alignment, he spent years mastering the science behind neuromuscular dentistry.
There was a time when finding the proper bite alignment was largely a matter of trial and error with each patient. However, the latest technology has offered a far superior approach. Dr. Davis uses the Myotronics K-7 system that largely takes the guesswork out of identifying a patient’s ideal bite alignment. Mastering this system took years of training and practice. But, it now pays huge dividends to Dr. Davis’s patients.
LVI Trained Dentist
Dr. Davis has also studied extensively at the Las Vegas Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry in the art and science of restoring many teeth in a single procedure. He is now a Fellow of the Las Vegas Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry and was one of the youngest dentists to achieve this accreditation. This honor places him in the top 1% of dentists in the United States. Dr. Davis’s study has given him unique expertise in creating natural and beautiful looking smiles that also feel and function like natural teeth.
Finding the right Jaw Alignment and Teeth Reconstruction
During the first phase of treatment, Dr. Bret Davis will utilize a state-of-the-art device, known as the Myotronics K-7, to locate your optimal jaw alignment. He then uses temporary restorations to test this alignment. This allows you to know if your symptoms (headaches, clicking jaws, jaw pain, etc.) are alleviated. This process can involve several adjustments over a period of weeks to get your perfect alignment identified. Now that Dr. Davis knows the precise position of your optimal bite alignment, he is ready to rebuild the teeth. This generally involves using porcelain crowns, veneers, bridges, and sometimes dental implants. In most cases, every tooth is restored. This phase of the treatment typically involves just two visits and is fully completed in two weeks.
Is Full-Mouth Restoration Painful?
At SmileTexas®, our goal is the comfort of our patients. Modern anesthesia and techniques eliminate pain during the procedures. Most people report minimal if any discomfort during recovery. But if they do, we have a range of options to help. If you’re apprehensive about any of the procedures, we offer sedation dentistry to help you overcome those fears.
Recovery After Dental Reconstruction
Once Dr. Davis establishes your correct alignment and moves to permanent restorations, it’s likely that every tooth in your mouth will be restored. Unbelievably, the process usually only requires two visits and takes two weeks. Recovery is not dramatic. You may have residual soreness, but it is usually manageable with ibuprofen.
How much does a full-mouth reconstruction cost?
Your costs will depend on exactly what procedures are necessary. During your initial consultation, we will give you a comprehensive and all-inclusive fee. to learn more about financing and payments, click here.
More Patient Testimonials
“I simply cannot write enough positive things about SmileTexas®. For someone that truly hated my smile/teeth, I could not be happier with the results. If you are self-conscience about your smile, do yourself a favor and setup a consultation appointment and arrive early so you can watch the lobby video for a while. You’ll see from the video they really understand how disliking your smile has an effect on you. Take the leap and you’ll join the ranks of everyone else that “wishes they had done it years ago”
Is Full Mouth Restoration Covered by Insurance?
Your dental insurance policy may cover certain aspects of a comprehensive full mouth reconstruction. Dental insurance typically provides partial payment of procedures the insurer deems medically necessary, such as a dental crown to replace a broken tooth. There are also annual maximums, which mean your policy provides partial coverage of qualifying treatments up to the yearly maximum amount. Therefore, you will have to refer to your policy to make an initial determination of what may be covered.
A full mouth reconstruction is an investment in your health and your smile. Even if insurance provides 0 coverage, you should consider payment options and financing options to access the dentistry you need and deserve.
What is the difference between full mouth restoration and a smile makeover?
Full mouth restoration/reconstruction and a smile makeover are both highly customized approaches to achieving your dental goals. Some of the treatments overlap, but the two approaches are recommended for different reasons.
A full mouth reconstruction focuses on restoring functional aspects of the teeth by replacing, rebuilding, and restoring teeth. A smile makeover focuses on improving the appearance of the teeth with teeth whitening, veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures. The main goal of a smile makeover is not to align the bite, but to enhance smile appearance. Oftentimes the outcomes overlap: A full mouth reconstruction will improve the appearance of your smile, and a smile makeover may include restorations like a dental crown that improve teeth function.
Schedule a Consult at Smile Texas!
To learn more about full-mouth restoration, or to determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure, please feel free to schedule a personalized consult with Dr. Kine, Dr. Davis, or Dr. Mcafee-Dooley. Call (281) 265-7645 or fill out the appointment request form in our contact page. Our practice serves Houston and the surrounding areas of Texas.