A mouth is a complicated organism, or it's a complicated functioning kind of machine. In order to have it—the reason that someone would need a whole mouth of restorations done or a full-mouth reconstruction would be that all of the teeth have been destroyed for some reason.
What we want to do is find the cause of that and then make sure that we put the mouth back together so that we don't have the same cause. It's a pretty complicated deal but if done properly, then we're able to restore the teeth. They look like new and they will not break down in the future.
I had a specific patient that came to me with his mouth in shambles and he owned a big construction company: very busy and he understands construction and how complex various things are. We sat down with him over a number of appointments and consultations to treatment plan and we eventually—he needed a combination. He had bridge work that had failed so he was replacing teeth with bridges connected to his teeth so he was getting decay around those areas.
The first thing we did was make sure that he didn't have restorations that replaced teeth that were connected to his teeth because the risk in that case were the teeth themselves. We took all of the teeth that were missing and replaced those with implants. He did have some teeth that were hopeless so we removed those and then we restored the rest of his teeth.
It was a whole mouth reconstruction and we gave him a plan and then a fee quote and told him that there would be no change orders. In his business, they have change orders and those are always expensive. The treatment was going to take place over fourteen months and he couldn't understand how we could have one fee and then stick with it. And in the end, we did exactly—over a period of fourteen months, several pretty complicated appointments and from his temporaries to the final product, he was just really quite amazed.
Now several years later, he's functioning. We totally changed the way his mouth looks and the way his mouth functions and then as a result, by reducing the problems that caused the breakdown in the first place, he hasn't had any issues at all since.
What are you supposed to do when multiple issues are robbing you of the use of your mouth? Solve each problem one at a time? Talk to our highly skilled prosthodontist, Dr. Wilhelm, and see if a full mouth reconstruction is right for you.
There is no better doctor for a procedure of this magnitude. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Wilhelm has completed 2-3 years of additional training above and beyond the work he did to become a dentist. He has advanced knowledge about how the various structures and systems within your mouth work together, which means Dr. Wilhelm’s plan for your full mouth reconstruction will result in the best possible outcome for your forever smile.
What is a full mouth reconstruction?
Some people have a mouth full of problems. They need several different procedures to return their mouths to a healthy, working state. Full-mouth reconstruction is a way for them to get the smile they want and need. If this describes you, Dr. Wilhelm will evaluate your condition and, based on that, will develop a single treatment plan to address all the issues you are having with your mouth. At the end of your treatment, you will have a mouth restored of its functionality, and the appearance will be dramatically improved as well.
What treatments are considered for this offering?
All restorative dentistry offerings may be considered for a full mouth reconstruction. The goals are to restore the function first and look second. Here are some common treatments Dr. Wilhelm uses here at Mark W. Wilhelm, DMD, MSD:
- Dental Crowns – The restorative value of crowns is unquestioned. They are great for covering a damaged or decayed tooth, restoring a tooth’s function, and protecting it from further damage.
- Dental Bridge – Missing one or more teeth can make chewing a real chore. Dental bridges will literally bridge that gap left by the tooth and give you back a fully functional bite.
- Dental Implants – Implants are a wonderful tool in a full-mouth reconstruction. The way they can mimic how a real tooth feels and works in your mouth, all while protecting you against bone deterioration, is crucial to a successful treatment.
- Veneers – While mainly considered a cosmetic treatment, veneers also possess restorative value. They can treat cracked teeth and protect them from breaking apart further in a minimally invasive process.
What makes dental implants so effective?
The secret to the effectiveness of dental implants is in how they are able to bond with human bone. The process is called osseointegration, and it means that the dental implant literally becomes part of your bone structure. You cannot find any other tooth replacement option that can do the same.
Does Mark W. Wilhelm, DMD, MSD offer All-on-4 treatment?
We do offer All-on-4 treatment. You can get a new smile from Dr. Wilhelm with only four dental implants and a full arch of permanent teeth.
What is a same-day smile?
The name says it all. Instead of waiting months, you may be able to get your new smile the same day you come in for your implant procedure. You will have your restoration placed as soon as the dental implants are placed. No wait, no worry, all smile.
Should I choose dental implants or dentures?
You should talk to Dr. Wilhelm about what option is best for you. Dental implants have been integrated into our denture offerings, and in this case, the two aren’t totally separate from one another and can offer similar benefits.