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Full Mouth Rehabilitation

This term Full Mouth Rehabilitation is often bandied about. But, what does it really mean?

Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation is any situation in which most and typically all the teeth in a jaw, upper or lower and commonly both that require extensive dental prosthetic restorations (crowns, veneers, even dentures) to return a person to normal comfortable chewing function with an attractive smile.

In most typical restorative cases a person may need an individual tooth repaired or even a few teeth in an individual section of the mouth. Problems such as these can often be treated individually or in a “piece meal” fashion as no major change in the biting relationship between the teeth or in relation to the individual teeth adjacent to that being restored are needed.

When a person has many severely damaged or missing teeth, they may lose their normal bite relationship of the two jaws. The upper and lower jaws virtually collapse into each other due to lack of back teeth to support the jaws. The individual looses the vertical space between the jaws because of this collapse of the bite. In such cases the correct bite needs to be re-established. The dentist obtains accurate molds of the teeth and bite relationship records between the jaws. From this information provisional temporary restorations can be fabricated to correct a faulty bite relationship and re-create a normal pleasing smile. This situation requires that all the teeth in one or both jaws be altered simultaneously. A person cannot be sent home with a correct bite on only one side of the mouth. Both sides of the mouth and typically the front or anterior teeth need to be modified to facilitate this one day total change, hence the term “Full mouth rehabilitation “.

Trumbull Dental Arts

160 Hawley Ln, Ste 101
Trumbull, CT 06611

Office: (203) 377-0638