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How Long Does a Full Mouth Reconstruction Take?

Posted in Full Mouth Reconstruction

Posted on August, 22 2023 by Gerald M. Marlin, DMD, MSD
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Full mouth reconstruction, also known as complete mouth restoration, is a comprehensive dental treatment that involves rebuilding or restoring the teeth, gums, and bite to improve both functionality and aesthetics.

The process typically includes a combination of various dental procedures such as dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, orthodontics, endodontics, and periodontal treatments. Patients who undergo a full mouth reconstruction are able to chew better, smile with confidence, speak clearly, and have a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

Since each patient’s smile is unique, a full mouth reconstruction requires a detailed and personalized treatment plan, and the duration of treatment can vary depending on several factors, especially the expertise of the practitioners and whether the practice has its own in-house laboratory, both of which exist at Elite Prosthetic Dentistry. So how long does the process take, and what can patients expect?

Evaluating the Complexity of the Case

The duration of a full mouth reconstruction largely depends on the complexity of the case. Each individual’s smile goals and oral health concerns differ, and the required treatments and procedures can vary significantly. Therefore, detailed treatment planning and execution are important, for which the prosthodontists at Elite Prosthetic Dentistry, Drs. Marlin and Talmazov, are renowned.

For example, patients with more significant dental issues, such as extensive tooth loss, severe decay, or advanced gum disease, may require additional procedures and a longer treatment timeline. In some cases, addressing these concerns can add several weeks to the treatment plan [1].

On the other hand, individuals with relatively minor dental concerns may complete their full mouth reconstruction in a shorter timeframe. Patients can generally expect anywhere from three months to a year for a complete mouth restoration.

Developing a Comprehensive Full Mouth Reconstruction Treatment Plan

Before beginning a full mouth reconstruction, thorough planning is essential. Dr. Marlin and Dr. Talmazov will develop a comprehensive treatment plan after evaluating your oral health condition, smile goals, budget, and treatment requirements.

This detailed planning phase involves an initial consultation, X-rays, CT scans, and impressions to create customized restorations, which we make in-house at our private lab. The time taken to develop an accurate and detailed treatment plan can influence the overall duration of the complete mouth reconstruction.

Proper treatment planning is crucial for a successful result and is an essential step in the full mouth restoration process [2].

Staging the Treatment Process

A full mouth reconstruction is typically staged in phases to ensure optimal results and patient comfort. This staged approach allows for proper healing and integration of restorations between procedures.

The number of stages required will depend on the patient and the specific treatment plan. For example, a patient who needs dental implants may only need two stages of treatment, while a patient who needs tooth extraction and bone grafting prior to implant placement will need at least three.

In some cases, patients may be able to have multiple treatments completed in a single appointment, especially if they opt for sedation dentistry during their procedure. Sedation dentistry allows patients to relax more and better tolerate restorative treatments that may be lengthy or complex, which can accelerate the overall process [3].

Are You a Candidate for a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

At Elite Prosthetic Dentistry, our thorough planning process and experienced team ensure your complete mouth reconstruction process goes as smoothly as possible. This is supplemented by the extraordinary efficiency provided by our in-house laboratory. We never rush the process, as doing so can compromise the final result. Do you need a full mouth reconstruction? If so, schedule a consultation with Dr. Marlin and Dr. Talmazov to discuss your treatment options for a new smile today!


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