Full Mouth Reconstruction

MARK T. GALLI, DDS

THE PROCESS OF REBUILDING OR REPLACING MOST OR ALL OF THE TEETH

Like smile design, full mouth reconstruction is a process that combines multiple dentistry procedures to accomplish complex goals. However, smile design is something you choose to have performed for cosmetic purposes, whereas full mouth reconstruction is something you need to have in order to rebuild or replace most or all of your teeth.

Reconstructing the teeth is important not only for looks, but for oral health and total health. A full set of teeth allows you to eat a well-balanced diet, speak clearly, avoid the collapse of your facial features and feel confident and happy about your appearance.

If you find yourself needing extensive dental work, there is no one more suited to handle your case than Dr. Mark Galli. Encinitas full mouth reconstruction patients turn to Dr. Galli for personalized care and extraordinary results.

Is Full Mouth Reconstruction Right for Me?

Full mouth reconstruction may be recommended to patients that:

  • Are missing most or all of the teeth in the upper and lower jaw
  • Have multiple broken, fractured or otherwise injured teeth
  • Have severe wear and tear on the teeth, perhaps due to acid reflux or an eating disorder
  • Sustain structural tooth damage due to chronic grinding or clenching
  • Suffer jaw pain, headaches or other symptoms of bite problems
  • Have gum disease or infection

The Process of Full Mouth Reconstruction

The first step to full mouth reconstruction is to meet with Dr. Galli so he can identify the extent of the problem(s) and construct a plan of treatment. As he examines your mouth, he will look at the condition of your teeth, noting wear and tear, cracks, chips, cavities, decay and other problems. He will also examine your gum tissues to look for any decay, infection or “pockets” where the gum tissue has pulled away from the teeth. Dr. Galli will check the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth, looking for any problems with your bite. Finally, he will note the shape, size and color of your teeth, all of which are considered when planning full mouth reconstruction.

In conjunction with his dental exam, Dr. Galli will take digital X-rays to capture a detailed look at your teeth, bones and soft tissues of the moth. These X-rays help him to detect any problems that cannot be identified during a visual exam.

Once Dr. Galli has a complete understanding of the current state of your teeth, gums and jaw, he can begin to map out a systematic plan of treatment to correct the existing problems. Every treatment will be explained to you in detail, and you are welcome to ask for a written or emailed copy of the plan to review on your own.

Your full mouth reconstruction plan could include any of the following:

  • Deep tooth cleaning and gum cleaning
  • Placing one or more dental implants to replace missing teeth
  • Placing dental crowns over broken or decayed teeth
  • Placing mercury-free dental fillings over teeth with cavities
  • Placing a dental bridge to fill in gaps left by missing teeth
  • Placing inlays or onlays over teeth with too much damage for a filling but not enough for a crown
  • Orthodontic treatment to correct teeth that are crooked, crowded or poorly aligned
  • Surgery to reposition your jaw
  • Gum disease treatment to eliminate infection

Depending on your specific circumstances and plan of treatment, it may take Dr. Galli several appointments to complete. It’s not uncommon for full mouth reconstruction to take six months or more to finish.

If you are fearful, anxious or apprehensive of dental treatment, sedation dentistry techniques are available to make treatment more relaxing and comfortable. Dr. Galli’s sedation dentistry costs are discussed ahead of time, so there are no surprises.

Learn More about Full Mouth Reconstruction

If you suspect your dental needs are more complex than usual, Dr. Galli welcomes you to schedule a consultation to discuss full mouth reconstruction in Encinitas. Call or email our practice today to set your appointment.

Mark T. Galli, DDS

It’s time to Experience Complete Health Dentistry

When you visit Dr. Galli’s Encinitas dental practice, you can expect to be treated with respect, honesty and integrity. The objective of every visit is to establish an understanding of your particular oral health needs and goals, evaluate the potential treatments and select the most appropriate option.

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