Full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive treatment that involves two or more restorative procedures to restore the function and appearance of the smile.
It is often recommended for patients suffering from tooth decay, teeth impairments and bleeding gums. It restores through a combination of cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and oral surgery. This article explains the recovery process after undergoing full mouth reconstruction and what patients can expect.
The most important detail to remember about recovery is that each patient has unique needs. That means each treatment and recovery plan is personalized. The recovery period completely depends on the dental procedures performed and the healing capacity of the patient.
The following sections contain details about a few of the most common procedures included during full mouth reconstruction and a basic summary of the recovery process.
Fillings, crowns, and bridges
If the teeth are decayed or damaged, restorative treatment is required to repair and prevent infection from spreading. Dental fillings, bridges and crowns are a few of the most common options available for restoring impaired teeth.
Since these procedures are minimally invasive, a short recovery period is needed. Sometimes, patients can return to their usual routine on the same day. Discomfort or soreness can be relieved by using over-the-counter pain killers. Usually, the side effects of treatment disappear after a few days.
Root canal therapy
Root canal treatment is the only way to save the tooth if bacterial infection penetrates the pulp of the tooth. The only alternative is tooth removal. During root canal therapy, the infected tissues inside the tooth are cleaned out and replaced with filling material. Then a dental crown is placed over the tooth to protect it.
Recovery after a root canal is simple if the process goes well. Pain meds can help with the pain. Patients are often able to return to regular activities after a day or two.
Tooth extraction is sometimes necessary during full mouth reconstruction. The recovery period depends on the individual, but full recovery generally takes about a week. The dentist will provide detailed instructions on post-operative care, all of which must be followed for an easy and full recovery.
Patients need to undergo oral surgery procedure to get dental implants. The recovery period is different from other procedures since the implant posts need enough time to fuse naturally with the jawbone tissue.
After implant placement, it is normal to experience mild discomfort or soreness for about a week. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with the pain. Sometimes, the dentist may also prescribe medications.
After the first recovery period, patients will need a few months of healing (called osseointegration period) before the final restoration is placed. The recovery timeline depends on several factors, such as the severity of the condition and the patient’s healing capability. In most cases, patients can finish the treatment in approximately three to nine months.
The recovery process after full mouth reconstruction completely depends on the nature of the patient’s condition. A patient who only gets a few dental fillings and crowns can finish their treatment and recover after a few weeks. However, a patient undergoing dental implant procedure will need several months of recovery.
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