Full-mouth rehabilitation is the systematic approach to restoring all of your teeth at the same time; true anti-aging dentistry!
Often, the patient’s needs are more complex than just needing a simple filling or a crown. At floss in La Jolla, we focus in many different areas. This allows us to comprehensively take care of a patient while taking care of all their needs. Whether it would be surgical with implants or needing root canals or taking care of your periodontal needs, we can take care of that. We can restore your teeth to their proper function and fit. We have the ability to transform your smile into a beautiful smile that you’ve always dreamed of. We provide you with the convenience of having it all in one place – all the necessary skills to give you the best result and the best service in one place.
What is full-mouth rehabilitation?
Full-mouth rehabilitation is a process where we rebuild what has been lost over years of wear-and-tear and destruction. By taking in the combination of artistry, science, and technology, we take the mouths that have been worn down through years of clenching, grinding, and other destructive processes; we rebuild them back to their original natural state. We make the chewing system work the way it was designed to work. Basically, we restore the mouth back to ground zero; we make it go back to the way it was supposed to be.
As the teeth wear down, we start losing support in the skin of our face. Our face is broken into facial thirds. What happens is the lower third is the part of our face that’s supported by our teeth. If you’ve ever seen someone who’s had dentures that have come out and the front of their mouth starts to crease, you start seeing an exacerbation of the lines around the face. What happens is their face starts to sink in. The reason is that the teeth are no longer supporting the lower third of their face. Full-mouth rehabilitation allows us to support the lower third of the face and recreate facial harmony by balancing those facial thirds.
Why is a full-mouth rehabilitation necessary?
Full-mouth rehabilitation is the systematic approach to restoring all (or nearly all) of your teeth at the same time. There are different reasons for needing this full-mouth restoration treatment. Examples are:
– teeth that are severely worn down
– multiple missing teeth
– a deep bite (the top teeth bite too far down over the bottom teeth)
– patients who want instant orthodontics or other restorations on all of the teeth to ideally reshape and reposition the teeth
– severe decay in all or most of the teeth
– severe erosion of the enamel
– congenital disorders that cause missing teeth, missing enamel, or poorly-formed teeth
– traumatic injury to the mouth/teeth
Floss assesses bite harmony and facial harmony guide the full-mouth rehabilitation planning process. A face that can be equally divided into thirds demonstrates ideal aesthetic harmony. When a significant amount of tooth loss or damage has occurred, the structure supporting the lower facial third is compromised, disrupting the aesthetic balance – restore the lower facial third and regain facial harmony with full-mouth rehabilitation.
Full-mouth restoration is a complex and comprehensive treatment which requires a lot of experience. FMR can correct orthodontic problems, congenital tooth defects, and even years of neglect, abuse, or wear. While the initial aesthetic improvements can be seen very quickly, this treatment is by no means an “instant makeover.” It is complex and comprehensive treatment which requires skill as well as thoughtful planning and precise attention to detail in order to achieve a highly aesthetic, healthy, functional, and long-lasting result.
How do I start?
At Floss in La Jolla, we have experience in full-mouth rehabilitation cases and have developed a systematic, phased approach to full-mouth rehabilitation and restoration treatment. Starting with a consultation visit, thorough exam and numerous detailed measurements and records, we create a diagnostic wax-up (or blueprint plan) of the entire procedure. We plan the aesthetic and functional outcomes before we even begin your actual treatment. Only after we have this comprehensive plan in place do we start the work on your teeth and mouth.
This procedure is one of the most advanced treatments available in cosmetic/general dentistry, and it requires knowledge, and skill on the dentist’s part. If you are planning a large dental procedure, it is important that you understand your dentist’s qualifications. It is wise to schedule several consultation appointments so that you can interview dentists until you find the one you feel most comfortable with doing this advanced procedure. At your consultation visit, we will show you numerous cases where our dentists have successfully-performed full-mouth rehabilitations. We will go so far as to give you a list of our patients’ phone numbers who have had this procedure completed by our team and who are willing to share their experiences with you.
When one has multiple complications of his or her mouth, a full-mouth rehabilitation may be necessary in order to return one’s smile back to a functioning, beautiful form. If you have any of the following imperfections, it may be time to see a specialist about this treatment:
Broken or missing teeth
Worn teeth from grinding or acidic foods
Bone imperfections, missing bone or diseased jawbone
Debilitating pain in the mouth
Other major mouth complaints
When one has a complication and it has progressed to the point where it begins to affect other teeth or the jaw joints, whether or not you are aware of these subsequent problems, full-mouth rehabilitation may be necessary.
Full-mouth rehabilitation vs. other procedures
Some don’t understand the difference between the full-mouth rehabilitation and other procedures. The main distinction is that it is necessary in order to rehabilitate one’s mouth back to health and function, whereas treatments such as porcelain veneers are more of an option to fix a cosmetic issue. When a full-mouth rehabilitation is recommended, it’s not just to repair a cosmetic issue, but it’s because there are major issues with your mouth that need to immediately get repaired.
After full-mouth rehabilitation you will not only regain function and structure in the mouth, but beauty in your smile as well.
If you are or feel that you might be in need of a full-mouth rehabilitation, call today for a consultation. The longer you wait, the worse off the health of your teeth, mouth and surrounding areas will become. We are eager to help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.