Full mouth dental reconstruction is a collection of treatments that can rebuild all of the teeth in your upper and lower arches. The goal is to restore oral health, function, and aesthetics to your smile. Since different patients will benefit from different approaches, you should choose a dental practice skilled in a variety of treatments.
Dental Restorative Group’s prosthodontists have advanced training and years of experience in restorative and aesthetic procedures, including full mouth dental reconstruction. Seniors and other patients in Belmont and throughout Greater Boston rely on our treatments to improve their smile as well as their quality of life. Learn more about our approach, expertise, and focus on patient comfort and safety.
When You Should Consider Full Mouth Dental Reconstruction
If most or all of your teeth require dental work to improve their function and appearance, you may be a good candidate for full mouth dental reconstruction. Our offices in Belmont, Cambridge, and Arlington can address concerns that include:
- Decayed, missing, damaged, misshapen, or misaligned teeth.
- Tooth discoloration.
- Teeth that appear too long because of gum recession.
Our practice can also repair or replace older dental restorations or prosthetics that have failed. The attention to detail and high-quality materials we use often provide more durable results than the original work.
Full Mouth Dental Reconstruction Procedures
Dental Restorative Group offers several services that can restore the full set of upper and lower teeth.
With this treatment, your doctor places man-made tooth roots to support new tooth-shaped crowns. If you need full mouth dental reconstruction, your doctor may recommend attaching a full arch of teeth to the implants instead of individual crowns. For some patients, we can use this “full arch” technique with as few as four implants.
Both single crown and full arch approaches can restore the function and appearance of your teeth. Implants also have the benefit of preventing bone resorption: the erosion of bone that can create large gaps in the area of missing teeth. If you have already lost a significant amount of bone, our practice can use bone grafting to reverse these effects.
Unlike dental implants, which are permanently attached, dentures are full arches of man-made upper and lower teeth that you can remove from your mouth. Upper dentures typically stay in place with special denture adhesive. Lower dentures connect to two implants in the lower jaw.
Full mouth dental reconstruction patients may opt for dentures because of the benefits they offer. They tend to be more affordable and require less time to fabricate and place than dental implants. However, they don’t provide the full functionality and natural feel of dental implants, and they may not prevent bone resorption.
Crowns, Bridges, and Porcelain Veneers
Some of the patients we treat in Belmont and Greater Boston who require full mouth dental reconstruction have a combination of concerns. They may have missing teeth, damaged teeth, and a few interspersed teeth that are still in good condition. In response, Dental Restorative Group may recommend a collection of aesthetic treatments:
- Dental crowns are caps that go over broken or damaged teeth to restore their look, feel, and function.
- Bridges replace missing teeth with a set of connected crowns. The crowns on the ends attach to healthy teeth or implants and “bridge” the gap between them with a false tooth.
- If only the front surface of a tooth is damaged or if the tooth is misaligned or discolored, a porcelain veneer may be a good option. This man-made shell replaces the front of your tooth, matching the color and appearance of the adjacent teeth.
Gum Grafting and Teeth Whitening
If you notice that some of your teeth appear longer than others, you may be experiencing gum recession. Over time, this condition can cause damage to your teeth and potentially lead to tooth loss. A gum grafting procedure can cover the exposed tooth root and restore the aesthetics of your smile.
Staining is another issue that can affect the appearance of your teeth. To make your smile whiter, brighter, and healthier looking, Dental Restorative Group provides both in-office and at-home professional whitening systems.
About Our Approach
Belmont and Greater Boston patients choose Dental Restorative Group for full mouth dental reconstruction because of our:
Focus on seniors. Our prosthodontists work extensively with patients age 50 and older. We understand their goals, such as being able to enjoy the foods they love, having a more aesthetically pleasing smile, and improving their diet and health. We also prioritize patient safety and conduct a comprehensive examination during the initial consultation so we can recommend the right procedures.
Transparent, personalized treatment. Our prosthodontists invest significant time in the relationships with patients and prioritize ethical, high-quality care. We offer guidance and information so that patients make the best decisions for their needs.
Quality. As prosthodontists, we focus on restoring missing and damaged teeth as well as contribute to the body of research related to this field. Often, patients turn to us to fix failed restorations that they received from other providers, and we provide treatments that are durable, natural-looking, and functional.
Insurance networks and pricing. Dental Restorative Group participates in a variety of insurance networks and helps with the filing process. For patients who are still concerned about costs, we can often recommend treatments that are both effective and sensitive to their budget.