Chandler Full-Mouth Reconstruction
During full-mouth reconstruction, Dr. Walden will structurally repair or replace most of your teeth or perhaps all of them. This process begins with a comprehensive exam and requires multiple appointments over a period of months.
Full-mouth reconstruction is complex and requires advanced dentistry education. It’s beyond the scope of standard dental school training. Dr. Walden has completed the UCLA full-mouth reconstruction program and the UCLA aesthetic continuum. At the end of full-mouth reconstruction, you will have a functional, comfortable bite and a beautiful smile.
Goals of Full-Mouth Reconstruction
Most people seek full-mouth reconstruction to restore their smile and realign their bite. A bite that is in alignment doesn’t put stress on the muscles and ligaments of your mouth. Other goals of treatment include:
- Correct TMJ dysfunction
- Stop headaches and earaches caused by bite misalignment
- Restore vertical height to your smile, especially if your teeth are ground down or broken
- Correct genetic deformities
- Fix loose teeth, such as those affected by periodontal disease
- Repair cracked teeth and teeth with failing fillings
- Relieve dental pain
- Improve your confidence
Full-Mouth Reconstruction Techniques
Dr. Walden can use a variety of dental techniques to complete your dental reconstruction, such as:
Crowns and bridges. A metal-free porcelain crown mimics a natural tooth perfectly. A bridge is a row of crowns. Crowns and bridges are key to full-mouth reconstruction, allowing Dr. Walden to create a well-aligned bite. Bite misalignments can cause headaches, muscle spasms, and jaw clicking.
Crown lengthening. During this procedure, Dr. Walden will carefully remove gum tissue around the tooth he has prepared for a crown. That exposes more of the natural tooth, which can hold the porcelain crown more effectively. Sometimes crown lengthening is the only choice other than extracting that tooth and replacing it with an implant or bridge.
Implants. Implants can replace missing teeth to the root, restoring their original bite strength. They can support a single tooth or bridge of teeth. Implants can anchor a complete denture if you are missing all of your top or bottom teeth.
Bone grafts. For a dental implant to be successful, there has to be sufficient jawbone to support it. If you don’t have enough, Dr. Walden can place a bone graft at the future implant site. The bone graft will have to heal before the implant can be placed.
Dental bonding. Small chips can be replaced with simple dental bonding. Dr. Walden will apply bonding material to the tooth and then cure it with a special light until it is hard.
Some patients prefer to be sedated during these procedures. Dr. Walden offers nitrous oxide, oral, and IV sedation to help you have a comfortable, pain-free experience. See our page on sedation dentistry for more information on that.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Walden and learn more about full-mouth reconstruction, please call us at 480-755-1661. You can also request an appointment using this form, and we will call you back. If you would like to ask Dr. Walden a few questions about full-mouth reconstruction but aren’t ready to commit to a paid exam, you can schedule a brief complimentary consultation.