Patients with multiple oral health issues can benefit from full mouth rehabilitation, a comprehensive treatment plan that combines two or more restorative procedures to improve the health, function, and aesthetics of a smile.
Here, our team discusses the full mouth reconstruction recovery timeline so patients can know what to anticipate during their treatment at our Boston, MA practice.
Factors Affecting Recovery Time
Because full mouth rehabilitation is fully customized to the needs of each patient, every treatment plan will be different. Both the length of recovery and the post-treatment guidelines will vary according to the procedures that are chosen.
In the sections below, we will explore some of the most common treatments in full mouth reconstruction and discuss the recovery timeline for each.
Part of full mouth rehabilitation is repairing decayed and damaged teeth. Small cavities and fractures can be addressed with dental fillings. At our practice, we offer both traditional amalgam fillings and composite tooth-colored fillings. Both can be placed in a single office visit.
Following the placement of a filling, patients may feel slight sensitivity. This side effect is temporary, however, and typically diminishes within a few days.
Inlays and Onlays
Damage that is too severe for a dental filling but not large enough to warrant a crown can be addressed with an indirect filling, or, an inlay or onlay. These custom restorations are designed to fit within the tooth structure, much like a 3-D puzzle piece. Each one is made uniquely, based on your specific needs and anatomy.
In most cases, inlays and onlays require two separate office visits. During the first appointment, the affected tooth is prepared and impressions are taken. Once the restoration is crafted, a second visit will be scheduled, and the restoration will be bonded into place.
Like dental fillings, inlays and onlays may cause some degree of sensitivity for the first few days. However, this side effect should fade over the first few days.
Custom Fabrications: Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers
At Boston Prosthodontics, we have an on-site dental lab where all of our custom restorations and veneers are crafted. Here are just a few of the prostheses our technicians fabricate:
- Dental crowns: Sometimes a fracture or cavity is too large for a dental filling. In these cases, a crown may be necessary to reinforce the tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, metal, all-ceramic, or porcelain-fused-to-gold.
- Dental bridges: Individuals missing one to three teeth in a row can fill in the gap with a dental bridge. This restoration consists of two dental crowns with artificial teeth in between.
- Porcelain veneers: Used primarily for aesthetic purposes, porcelain veneers cover the front surfaces of the teeth, concealing cosmetic issues such as chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration, slight misalignment, and more.
Generally, all of our custom restorations and veneers require two appointments. During the first visit, the teeth are prepared and impressions are taken. These molds are then used by our lab team, who will create a restoration or veneer according to your unique dental anatomy. When your case is ready, we will schedule your appointment and place your restoration or veneer.
Widely considered the most successful teeth replacement option in dentistry, dental implants are small posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. Implants are versatile, and can support a wide range of restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Immediately following implant surgery, most patients experience some tenderness and discomfort. However, these side effects are manageable with medication and cold compresses. In general, patients can return to work in just a day or two.
Full recovery will depend on several factors. For example, on average, an implant requires approximately three to six months of healing before the final restoration can be placed.
If preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting or sinus lifts, are necessary, it will likely add several months to the total treatment timeline.
Although teeth whitening is a strictly cosmetic procedure, many of our patients opt to include it in full mouth rehabilitation for dramatic results. Many of our patients choose in-office whitening, which can be completed in about one hour.
Others may select a take-home bleaching kit so they can whiten their smile at their convenience. Our take-home kits are just as effective as our in-office system. However, it may take two to three weeks to achieve the desired result.
Contact Boston Prosthodontics to Learn More
If you are interested in learning more about full mouth rehabilitation at Boston Prosthodontics, schedule a consultation. Call our office at (617) 523-5451 or contact us online anytime.