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In some instances, simple cosmetic procedures, such as installing dental veneers is enough. If your dental condition is beyond the point that simple procedures can be helpful, your cosmetic dentist might recommend a full mouth reconstruction. If you are in line for a reconstruction, here is what you need to know.
What Is Involved With a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction involves the use of several dental procedures that can help to not only improve the look of your teeth, but also improve the structure and function of your jaw and gums.
Instead of just addressing the look of your teeth and gums, the reconstruction focuses on eliminating commons problem associated with structural damage, such as neck soreness and headaches.
The first part of reconstruction focuses on repairing structural issues, such as cavities. Once those are addressed, then the dentist will focus on the cosmetic aspect.
Do You Need It?
Full mouth reconstruction is usually recommended for people whose teeth are severely damaged. Your cosmetic dentist could also recommend the procedure if you have more than a few missing teeth, chronic jaw pain, and muscle tenderness.
Before recommending it, your dentist will carefully evaluate your current condition and create a treatment plan that he or she will share with you.
How Long Does It Take?
There is no standard timeline for how long it can take for the dentist to complete the procedure. The amount of time it takes depends largely on what procedures need to be done. Since the procedures can vary from person to person, the time needed for your procedures can differ from others.
How Much Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
The cost of the procedure depends on which procedures are needed and your dentist's expertise. For instance, a moderate full mouth reconstruction can start at $15,000. A more extensive reconstruction can start at $45,000.
Many of the procedures that are part of the full mouth reconstruction are usually covered by dental insurance. However, procedures, such as the dental implants, are usually not covered. If you need any procedures that are not covered by your insurance, talk to your dentist about a payment plan.
Since the procedures are usually not performed at once, but in stages, you have more time between procedures to save the funds needed.
Talk to your cosmetic dentist about any concerns that you have about the full mouth reconstruction. He or she can not only answer questions about the procedures, but can develop a treatment plan that takes into account your budget.