Full Mouth Reconstruction and Oral Rehabilitation
Bad dentistry, grinding one’s teeth, oral trauma or bad tooth genetics can result in a person’s natural teeth wearing out too early. If you fall into this category you may need to have every tooth in your mouth fixed. In these cases the tooth root and bone support are still good. The clinical crown (that part of the tooth that shows in the mouth) is compromised by decay, grinding, fracture or failing dentistry and needs reinforcement in the form of a crown.
This is one of the most difficult treatments in all of dentistry. Prosthodontics (the specialty practiced by prosthodontists) is the only area of dentistry with specific training to solve the complex problem of full mouth reconstruction. Every day of the three year residency directly or indirectly prepares a prosthodontic resident for this task.
Identifying and addressing the cause of the person’s problem allows a prosthodontists to not just treat the condition but to help the patient manage the etiology (origin) of the problem. If undiagnosed and untreated the full mouth reconstructive patient will only destroy the new artificial crowns like they did their original teeth. (See Crowns and Bridges, under Procedures for more information).