Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction (also known as FMR) is one of the most involved and complex procedures in dentistry, and you might be wondering what exactly it is, how much it costs and how much time it takes. That’s why we created this guide, breaking down things you need to know about full mouth reconstruction.
What Exactly is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is a procedure, or series of procedures, which restores healthy functioning to someone’s mouth and teeth. If you have missing teeth, unhealthy gums or other complications in your mouth, full mouth reconstruction (FMR) may be the holistic treatment for you. It’s important to note that FMR is not purely an aesthetic treatment, and is meant for people with medical issues affecting the mouth. If you are interested in cosmetic dental surgery, feel free to schedule an appointment with Drs. Barbara or Katie Bell. That being said, cosmetic fixes, such as teeth whitening can be part of a larger full mouth reconstruction treatment.
Why Would I Need Full Mouth Reconstruction?
There’s a wide range of factors that could make you a suitable candidate for full mouth reconstruction.
- Dental disease: If you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, where your gums have become infected, you may benefit from FMR.
- Accident: If you have been in an accident that has resulted in damage to the mouth and/or loss of teeth, you may benefit from FMR.
- Erosion: If your teeth have become very worn down, you may benefit from FMR.
- Jaw pain: If you experience pain in the jaw or headaches resulting from jaw misalignment (malocclusion), you may benefit from FMR.
How Long Will It Take?
Since full mouth rehabilitation depends upon the specific needs of the patient, it is difficult to say exactly how long it will take. That being said, the treatment process is likely to take more than a month, as several procedures will most likely be necessary.
Curious to find out how long full mouth reconstruction will take for you? You can contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Barbara Bell, DDS.
What Are Some Of The Steps Involved?
- Occlusal guards/mouth splints: This involves wearing an appliance that opens the bite to an ideal and healthy position.
- Dental implants: This involves adding a dental crown or bridge, in order to restore or replace a diseased or missing tooth. Dental crowns are caps that dentists usually put over an unhealthy tooth. Dental bridges are artificial teeth that can replace missing teeth.
- Osseous/gum surgery: This involves getting rid of infected gums and unhealthy bone in the mouth.
- Dentures: This involves adding a denture to the mouth, which most often is a full or partial set of artificial teeth.
- Gum/bone grafting: This involves using healthy gum or bone to replace areas where the patient’s gum or bone is missing or diseased.
- Ceramic onlays: This involves ceramic onlays that can be installed to fix a diseased tooth or fix an uneven bite in a patient’s mouth.
How Much Will Full Mouth Reconstruction Cost?
Full mouth rehabilitation, more commonly known as a smile makeover is a procedure that addresses a pressing medical need. Full mouth reconstruction costs vary from $40,000 – $150,000. Hence, while most dental insurances often cover some of it, you should still always double check with your insurance provider whether they offer full mouth reconstruction coverage.