What to Expect during Full Mouth Reconstruction Recovery
Just as a smile makeover includes two or more cosmetic procedures for a comprehensive treatment plan, a full mouth reconstruction combines two or more restorative procedures. At the practice of Dr. Michael Bixby in Monmouth County, NJ, our team discusses full mouth reconstruction recovery, and what patients can expect during the healing period.
Defining Full Mouth Reconstruction: An Overview
The field of restorative dentistry focuses on repairing or replacing damaged or decayed teeth. At our practice, Dr. Bixby offers a wide range of restorative treatments to help patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Two or more of these can be combined to attain the desired results.
No two patients are the same. Therefore, every full mouth reconstruction will be personalized according to the specific needs of the individual. At our practice, there are several treatments commonly included in a full mouth reconstruction, such as:
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Composite fillings
- Inlays and onlays
- Dental implants
- Periodontal therapy
- Orthodontic treatment
While some of these procedures are simple and straightforward, others will require substantial treatment planning and surgical intervention. Recovery will ultimately depend on which types of procedures you require, and how much work you have completed at once.
Healing and Recovery after Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges
When teeth have mild to moderate decay or damage, they can often be repaired with custom dental restorations. Fillings, crowns, and bridges have been utilized in restorative dentistry for decades.
Recovery time following these treatments will be minimal, as most patients can return to work and daily routines right away.
There may be slight sensitivity and discomfort for a few days as the tissues around the new restoration adjust. However, any tenderness can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Healing and Recovery after Periodontal Therapy
If gum disease is a concern, then periodontal therapy will be recommended. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment may involve scaling and root planing or laser therapy.
Fortunately, both of these procedures are minimally invasive. Therefore, recovery is typically short. There may be increased temperature sensitivity for a few days, as well as slight gum irritation.
Resuming normal hygiene as soon as possible will help you enjoy a quick and successful recovery.
Healing and Recovery after Dental Implants
Although dental implants require surgical placement, the treatment is typically fairly straightforward. In most cases, patients can return to work in one or two days.
As with any surgery, slight bleeding, swelling, and discomfort can be expected. Some patients may experience bruising as well. To reduce inflammation, a cold compress can be applied to the external jaw in 20-minute increments for the first 24 hours.
Dr. Bixby will provide you with prescription medications and a detailed list of post-operative instructions. Taking your medications exactly as instructed can help you enjoy a comfortable recovery. Discomfort can also be addressed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
While the initial healing will only take a few days, the implant sites must continue to heal for three to six months in most cases. During this time, the surrounding jawbone will integrate with the posts, providing a strong foundation for your final restorations.
Learn More about Full Mouth Reconstruction
If you are considering full mouth reconstruction, talk with Dr. Bixby about what to expect during your recovery. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at (732) 224-1160.