Full mouth rehabilitation, or full mouth rehab for short, is a procedure used to restore your smile and your bite after significant damage has been done to your mouth, often by dental trauma or years of neglecting your oral health. If your teeth are causing you pain and you don’t like how your teeth look, Dr. Kory Kirkegaard can help you make a change at The Art of Dentistry. Contact us online now to get started.
Full-mouth rehabilitation often uses both cosmetic and restorative treatments to restore the natural appearance and function of your smile. With treatment at our office, you can eat and chew without pain, and feel proud of how you look once again
To begin the process, Dr. Kirkegaard will perform a comprehensive oral exam and provide you with a full mouth rehabilitation consultation. You’ll discuss the challenges you’re facing and your past dental history, and Dr. Kirkegaard will help you explore your options for restoring your smile.
Each patient will need a different plan. For example, if you have multiple missing teeth, severe stains, and some misshapen teeth, Dr. Kirkegaard may recommend dental implants to replace the teeth, as well as teeth whitening and veneers to cover up the cosmetic flaws in your smile. You will work with Dr. Kirkegaard to build a plan that fits your needs and your budget.
Next, you’ll just need to schedule your dental treatments at The Art of Dentistry. Usually, you will begin by getting restorative care and orthodontic care, and your cosmetic treatments will be done as the final step in your treatment. This may vary depending on your case, however.
Once you’ve received your full mouth rehabilitation from Dr. Kory Kirkegaard, you’ll be able to smile proudly, chew without pain, and live your day-to-day life without worrying about painful, unappealing, and damaged teeth.
There are a few reasons you may be a candidate for full mouth rehabilitation. For example, if you have extensive, untreated tooth decay or serious periodontal disease due to neglecting your oral health, a full-mouth reconstruction may be necessary to extract and replace the teeth that can’t be saved.
Other chronic oral health issues that may lead to the need for full mouth rehabilitation include teeth grinding (bruxism), and gastric reflux, which can both wear down your teeth, damage them, and increase your risk of other issues like cavities and infected teeth.Full-mouth rehabilitation may also be needed due to dental trauma. For example, if you are involved in a car accident that damages or destroys most of your teeth, full-mouth rehabilitation will be needed to restore your smile.
For more information and to see if a full mouth reconstruction in Overland Park from The Art of Dentistry is right for you, contact us online or give us a call at (913) 274-9200 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kory Kirkegaard.
About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.
If you’re interested in dental implants as an option to replace your missing teeth, the first step is to get a consultation from your dentist. They’ll be able to examine your mouth and determine the state of your oral health, the health of your jaw and gums, and whether implants are right for you. They can also help guide you on alternative treatment options if you are not a good candidate for dental implants.
A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post, and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your dentist places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab.
There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.
Dental implants typically last up to 30 years or more with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.
However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years.
It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery.
You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed.
Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy.
When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.
Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary.
As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.
Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.