For many of our patients, the smile has become a source of embarrassment instead of an expression of joy. As the health of the teeth is compromised, the appearance of the smile suffers as well. When multiple oral health conditions are present, it can lead to physical pain and mental anguish for patients. Fortunately for those patients, Nashville dentist Clint Newman believes that no smile is beyond help. Dr. Newman offers his Nashville patients full mouth reconstruction to improve the health, as well as the aesthetics, of each and every tooth that requires treatment. Depending on the conditions that require treatment, Dr. Newman will combine any number of restorative treatments to restore the health, function, and aesthetics of the teeth. Full mouth reconstruction may require lengthy, extensive dental work which may, in turn, require an extended recovery.
Just as a patient should have a thorough understanding of the procedures to be performed during full mouth reconstruction, it is equally important for patients to have an understanding of the recovery that will follow these procedures. Full mouth reconstruction is actually a series of treatments that will be performed over a period of time, allowing time for patients to recover from each step of the treatment before proceeding to the next step. Recovery time will vary for each patient and will be affected by factors such as the severity of the oral health problems and the procedures performed to address these conditions. Following are the average recovery time for some common full mouth reconstruction procedures:
- Dental crowns: Dental crowns are commonly used during full mouth reconstruction to treat teeth that have been compromised by severe decay. Dental crown treatment is one of the less invasive procedures that may be included in full mouth reconstruction. Typically patients do not report any pain. Occasionally, a patient experiences minor discomfort for a day or two following the procedure.
- Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surface of the teeth to improve aesthetic flaws. While this is also considered a painless procedure, there is a minimal amount of tooth enamel removed to make room for the veneers. This may result in temporary tooth sensitivity, which usually lasts for no more than a few days.
- Dental implants: For our patients in Nashville, dental implants are a popular option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implant treatment typically requires two oral surgeries followed by the placement of dental restorations, and therefore, requires the longest recovery time of full mouth reconstruction procedures. Patients may need anywhere from six weeks to three months for the jaw bone to heal completely and fuse to the implants after the first oral surgery. After the second surgery the jaw will again need several weeks to heal before the final restorations can be placed. While this can be a lengthy treatment process, the results are permanent.
- Scaling and planing: The health of the gums directly affects the health of the teeth, so if gum disease is present, it will be addressed during full mouth reconstruction. This deep cleaning can remove tartar from above and below the gum line to restore the health of the gums. This procedure is likely to result in tenderness of the gums (and possibly bleeding) for a day or two after treatment.
These are just some common procedures included in full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Newman will provide patients with information regarding recovery from full mouth reconstruction when a treatment plan has been determined.
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No matter what condition your mouth is in, Dr. Clint Newman can customize a treatment plan to bring back the health and beauty of your teeth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Newman to undergo full mouth reconstruction. Your smile can stop being a source of embarrassment and become a source of pride.