Full mouth rehabilitation is also often referred to as full mouth reconstruction. The process involves rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws by performing procedures like crowns, bridges and veneers. The goal of the reconstruction is to return full function to the mouth, i.e., being able to eat well and thereby improve the overall health of the patient.
As restorative dentists, we consider the need for a Full mouth reconstruction in the following cases.
- Teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma.
- Teeth that have been injured or fractured.
- Teeth that have become severely worn as a result of long-term acid erosion (foods, beverages, acid reflux) or tooth grinding.
- Ongoing complaints of jaw, muscle and headache pain requiring adjustments to the bite (occlusion).
One question which I am often asked is, what is the difference between full mouth rehabilitation and smile restoration ?
Well the simple answer to a very complex question is that a smile makeover is something that a patient chooses to get done, while the call to do a full mouth rehabilitation is taken by the dentist after thoroughly evaluating the patient’s gum condition and it is a necessity.
Dr Himadri Chakrabarty is an expert dentist in Kolkata who has performed numerous Full Mouth Rehabilitation since 2004.