What to expect during your full mouth rehabilitation.
Full mouth rehabilitation is an incredible form of restorative care that allows people just like you to recover from extensive damage and missing teeth. Every treatment plan is uniquely designed to fit your needs and help you achieve your smile goals, but each plan can be broken down into a series of basic steps.
Here are the 10 steps involved in a typical full mouth reconstruction plan.
Step 1: Consider your personal smile goals.
This first step happens before you even set foot in your dentist’s office! By having a general idea of your personal smile goals, you’ll feel much more confident and prepared once this question comes up during your consultation. Think about what aspects of your smile you want changed and what your “ideal smile” looks like in your eyes.
Step 2: Meet your dentist for a consultation.
Choosing a dentist you can trust and develop a relationship with is important in a successful full mouth rehabilitation. Your dentist’s skills, technology, and approach to patient care will have a direct impact on your experience during treatment as well as how the final results look. Once you’ve found a great dentist or prosthodontist, schedule a consultation to meet them and discuss your options.
Step 3: Define what aspects of your smile need help.
During your consultation, your dentist will perform a very thorough examination of your smile. This includes a visual exam as well as some basic X-rays to see your underlying jaw structure. Using this information, your dentist will determine what needs to happen in order to help you achieve a functional and beautiful smile. You’ll also be encouraged to let your dentist know about your own goals for your smile.
Step 4: Evaluate your oral and general health for candidacy.
For most, a full mouth rehabilitation involves oral surgery and invasive procedures like dental implants. Because of this, an important step in determining if you’re a candidate for certain procedures is a health evaluation. In addition to ensuring there aren’t any active infections in your mouth, your dentist will also go over your medical history. Uncontrolled medical conditions and poor overall health could heighten risks, making something like oral surgery potentially unsafe at this time.
Step 5: Discuss the best treatment plan for meeting your goals.
The next step is one of the most exciting! With your smile goals in mind, you and your dentist will determine the best plan of action for treatment. Your dentist will go over which procedures he believes will be the best fit for you and explain what each procedure entails. You’ll also have time to ask as many questions as you’d like if you feel at all concerned or unclear about something.
Step 6: Discuss the treatment timeline and estimated budget.
Once you and your dentist have agreed on the best treatment plan, the next step is discussing the treatment timeline and a rough estimate on costs. Your dentist will explain how long treatment will take and if multiple appointments are necessary. Some procedures, like dental implants, can add months to a full mouth rehabilitation. However, advances in technology mean treatment time can be shortened with same day dental implants.
You’ll also receive a quote on costs, including how much you might pay out of pocket after insurance.
Step 7: Create a schedule for necessary appointments.
After everything is finalized you’ll end your consultation by scheduling your actual treatment appointments. If you need preliminary treatment, such as a bone graft, or you need more in-depth imaging or dental impressions, this will take place before your first actual treatment appointment.
Step 8: Undergo your full mouth rehabilitation treatment!
This next step is when all of your planning becomes a reality! Your full mouth rehabilitation may take place all in one visit or require two to three appointments to complete. As mentioned above, many dental technology advancements have made full mouth rehabilitation more efficient. What once used to take multiple appointments over a month or more can now be done in a single visit!
Step 9: Recover at home and have your initial follow-up visit.
Once your treatment is complete, it’s time to go home to relax and recuperate. Procedures like dental implants require a few months of healing, anywhere from three to six months, before you are fully healed. However, you’ll usually only have a couple of weeks of downtime before you feel like yourself again and you can begin eating a normal diet.
About two weeks or so post-treatment you’ll come in for a follow-up visit to ensure everything is healing properly. If you had dentures placed, you’ll also come back around this time to ensure everything is fitting properly.
Step 10: Final follow-up visit and book preventive care.
About a month or two after your follow-up appointment, you’ll generally come back for one more visit to ensure you’re still progressing as you should. During this time you can also schedule your preventive care appointment visits. We recommend regular checkups and cleanings every six months.
Come see Dr. Bentz for your full mouth rehabilitation consultation.
Dr. Bentz is a skilled prosthodontist who specializes in full mouth reconstructions, dental implant technology, and advanced restorative and cosmetic dental care. Our East Norriton office provides a complete menu of dental care services, from total smile makeovers to routine preventive care.
To learn more about full mouth reconstructions and how it can benefit your smile, you can book a consultation by calling our office or using this online form.