Rebuilding Smiles with Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive treatment plan designed to completely restore a patient's oral health. Dr. Neil L. Starr is a renowned prosthodontist who has helped patients with needs both basic and complex to rebuild their smiles. He collaborates with other specialists to ensure expert treatment every step of the way. As a fellow / member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, certified in periodontics and periodontal prosthetics, Dr. Starr is well qualified to help patients achieve smiles that are both healthy and beautiful. To learn more about full mouth reconstruction, contact Dr. Starr's Washington, D.C. office today.
During the initial evaluation, Dr. Starr will thoroughly inspect a patient's teeth, gums, jawbone, head, and neck using a series of advanced examination techniques and diagnostic technology. Patients will benefit from the onsite i-CAT cone beam scanner, which gives Dr. Starr a complete and detailed view of the jaw and other underlying structures. Dr. Starr will also evaluate the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), soft tissues, and any malocclusions (bite related problems). Once Dr. Starr has fully assessed a patient's oral health, he can recommend a treatment plan.
Full mouth reconstruction often requires the collaboration and cooperation of several specialists. Typically, one practitioner takes responsibility to orchestrate and coordinate the overall treatment. Dr. Starr takes this role seriously and oversees the entire treatment so that each phase is performed to his exact specifications. Throughout treatment, Dr. Starr is available to answer questions and address concerns.
Scope of a Full Mouth Reconstruction
When preparing to embark in treatment that involves a full mouth reconstruction or even a partial mouth reconstruction / rehabilitation, Dr. Starr frequently performs a chairside diagnostic composite mockup. He refers to this mockup as an important "Active Diagnostic Tool". It allows the patient to better appreciate the direction the course of treatment will take. The patient will have an instant vision of the esthetic outcome that he or she can expect. It also offers Dr. Starr some very valuable information to provide to his master laboratory technician, Jose Lara. This information will help guide the early rebalancing of the patient's smile and bite relationship. A variety of dental procedures may be combined to achieve a full mouth reconstruction, including:
- Tooth Extractions - Loose or severely damaged teeth that cannot be salvaged may need to be removed to facilitate improved oral health.
- Periodontics and Oral Surgery - The gums are a crucial part of the foundation of the smile. Gum disease must be fully addressed in order to lay the groundwork for successful full mouth reconstruction. This can involve root planing and scaling, antibiotics, therapy, gum grafting, bone grafting and other treatments.
- Dental implants - These small titanium posts are surgically inserted within the jaw, replacing missing tooth roots. Dental implants provide the ultimate support for dental restorations, allowing patients to eat and speak with confidence.
- Dental Crowns - Following treatment for extensive decay or damage, a crown can provide support to a tooth while restoring balance and a natural appearance to the smile. Also known as a cap, these tooth-shaped restorations cover the remaining structure of the tooth. Patients missing a single tooth can choose to replace it with a dental implant restored with a dental crown.
- Prettau® Style Bridges - These special implant-supported zirconia bridges can replace a full arch of teeth. They are made from a polycrystalline ceramic called Zirconia. This material has tremendous strength and has become very popular for it's durability and natural appearance. They do not wear down natural opposing teeth, nor do they stain or absorb odors like denture acrylics can.
Our restorations are crafted in-office at our state-of-the-art laboratory. We utilize 3M Lava® milling technology, Amann Girrbach® 5 axis milling technology, and Ivoclar® Pressing Ceramic technology to achieve the most precise and aesthetic cosmetic outcomes for our patients.