Full Mouth Rehabilitation in Locust Valley
For some patients, restoring their smile can be an incredibly complex process. It can seem daunting, but having a healthy and complete smile can transform many different aspects of your life. By partnering with a knowledgeable restorative dentist, you can undertake a journey to completely rehabilitate your mouth and oral health with the best technologies available at Locust Valley Dentists.
What is Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
Full mouth rehabilitation or full mouth reconstruction is the process of completely restoring or replacing all the teeth in your mouth. It’s typically performed as a process of multiple procedures designed to fully reconstruct the smile so that it looks and functions just like natural teeth. Although the term “smile makeover” might come to mind, it’s actually a different process than full mouth rehabilitation. A smile makeover is a purely cosmetic treatment while full mouth rehabilitation is reconstructive. However, there are still many cosmetic benefits that come with full mouth rehabilitation like the confidence that comes with a complete, healthy smile.
Why Would I Need Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
Full mouth rehabilitation is typically needed in the case of severe trauma or decay. It can also be necessary for teeth that have become severely worn down or are so far out of alignment they cause severe pain. For most patients, it’s best to keep as many natural teeth as possible when performing reconstructive procedures, but in the case where your dentist determines it’s better to completely reconstruct the mouth, full mouth rehabilitation can be very effective.
Ready to begin your journey to a healthy smile?
Meet Dr. Koster
Through her work at some of Manhattan’s most well-known cosmetic dental practices, Dr. Adrianne Koster has seen how tooth-colored crowns can help her patients maintain healthy and beautiful smiles.
Dr. Koster has been selected as a “Top New York Dentist” every year since 2016 based on her:
- Attention to detail and skill
- Warm, caring, and friendly nature
- Emphasis on patient comfort
- Ongoing study of the newest dental technologies
- Passion for dentistry
What is the Full Mouth Rehabilitation Process?
Full mouth rehabilitation can take as many as 12 months to complete. This is because it can take significant amounts of time for your body to rest and recover between reconstructive procedures. Each patient’s treatment process will look different but generally follows the same pattern.
Your full mouth rehabilitation begins with consulting your dentist. During a comprehensive exam, Dr. Adrianne Koster will make a full assessment of factors like:
- Tooth structure: Extensive notes on specific details of your teeth will be taken including cracks, decay, shifting, wear patterns, existing dental work, and tooth length.
- Gum tissue and bone density: Dr. Koster will assess your gum tissue and underlying bone structure and note factors like its length, amount, and any signs of disease.
- Bite stability: If your bite causes pain or is unstable, Dr. Koster will take notes on any popping, jaw locking, or damage to your teeth when chewing.
- Aesthetic considerations: Notes will be taken about each tooth’s size, shape, color, alignment, and how they contribute to your overall smile.
Dr. Koster will sit down with you and discuss the right treatment plan based on your needs and goals. You’ll plan your new smile based on the things you like about your current one and ensure it’s as unique as you are. Finally, you’ll discuss the specific restorative treatments recommended to achieve your smile, assess your budget, and create a step-by-step plan and timeline.
Since everyone’s smile is different, each reconstruction process will be unique. Full mouth rehabilitation typically includes a combination of the following treatments:
How Do I Take Care of My Smile After Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
The best way to get long-lasting results from your full mouth rehabilitation is by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and meeting with your dentist for regular checkups. Even though you may not have natural teeth after your full mouth rehabilitation, your mouth can still be subject to disease and decay. Additionally, it’s important to follow Dr. Koster’s instructions on caring for any oral appliances and ensuring you can get long-term use out of them. By taking good care of your new smile, you can enjoy it for many years to come.
What is the difference between cosmetic dentistry and reconstructive dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is elective and people with healthy teeth receive these procedures to improve their smile. Reconstructive dentistry focuses on patients with missing teeth or tooth decay who need implants, dentures, or other restorative appliances for medical purposes.
Do I have to brush my dentures or dental implants?
Although your fake teeth can’t get cavities, they still need to be brushed since food can get stuck in the grooves and plaque could build up.
Can I have all my teeth replaced with implants?
As long as you have a strong jaw structure to secure the implants, they can be used to restore a full set of missing teeth.
Does insurance pay for full mouth reconstruction?
Most insurances will cover some of your full mouth reconstruction. How much they cover varies with different plans so make sure to check your benefits before starting your full mouth reconstruction.
Is full mouth reconstruction worth it?
For many patients suffering from tooth decay or pain, TMJ disorder, or missing teeth, full mouth construction is definitely worth it! Full mouth reconstruction has medical and cosmetic benefits to give you a healthier and more beautiful smile.
Are full-mouth dental implants comfortable?
Yes! Dental implants are sometimes easier to care for than dentures and they allow you to chew food naturally.
Is full mouth reconstruction permanent?
Depending on the materials and dental appliances used during your full mouth rehabilitation, your reconstructed teeth can last for many years or a lifetime! For appliances like dentures and dental implants to last, make sure to receive a dental checkup every 6 months and maintain your health at home with regular brushing and flossing.
Does full mouth reconstruction hurt?
Some procedures like tooth extractions and root canals may cause some soreness after treatment but an anesthetic is used during the procedure, and you can take pain relievers to alleviate your discomfort.
Can kids receive full mouth rehabilitation?
Teenagers who have suffered a sports injury or have missing teeth may be able to receive full mouth rehabilitation. You should wait to receive teeth replacements until the jaw has stopped growing since your teeth and the placement of implants or bridges could shift. Your dentist can determine whether you are a candidate for full mouth reconstruction at your initial appointment.
How much does full mouth reconstruction cost?
The cost of a full mouth rehabilitation varies depending on which procedures are used. Dr. Koster will assess your mouth and discuss your concerns at your consultation to determine an effective treatment plan. She can also discuss the cost of those recommended treatments.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re ready to get started on transforming your smile, schedule an appointment with our team. You can contact our Glen Cove, NY office by calling (516) 759-228 or filling out our online contact form.
Is Locust Valley Dentists right for you?
At Locust Valley Dentists, your comfort and satisfaction come first. We start by listening to you, your concerns, and what you hope to achieve through your visit to our practice. We’ll talk about:
If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, don’t worry.
At Locust Valley Dentists, we are known for being gentle, warm, and friendly. This will be the most relaxing and comfortable dental experience of your life! To decrease anxiety during treatment we offer our patients:
- Convenient office hours to fit the busiest schedules
- There’s never any stress or judgment here
- Our modern, calm, and relaxing office is one of a kind
- Learn how crowns improve your health, appearance, and life
No Insurance? No problem.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, you can still get the healthy and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted! At Locust Valley Dentists, we work with our patients and offer a variety of financing options. Wondering how much your crown will cost? We’re here to answer all of your questions.
Insurance & Financing
For your dental crown, our office can work with many PPO insurance plans.
Our friendly and knowledgeable front office team will help you file your claim and maximize your benefits. If you don’t see your provider listed or if you have questions about payment options, contact our office to learn more.
" The doctors and staff at this office are amazing! Some of the nicest people you can hope to meet, and the dental work that I received was phenomenal. The office is inviting, and the care that is taken to make sure things are done correctly is top tier. Great experience. "
- Roger V.
"Dr. Koster has done extensive dental work for me over the years. She is both kind and caring. She is thorough in her work and takes the time to explain in detail what she is doing. Her compassionate nature has a calming effect during her work. "
" Both my daughter and I have been patients of Dr Koster's and we couldn't be happier. She has a gentle demeanor and is super thorough. She shows genuine concern for our teeth and gives us advice on what to keep doing/do more of to keep them healthy. Her office staff are really nice too. I am grateful to be in their good hands. "
- Dawn C.