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What is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

There is a wide range of reasons for why patients may need a full mouth reconstruction, from birth abnormality and traumatic accident to natural decay.
To devise the correct diagnoses and an optimal treatment plan requires a multidisciplinary approach. Let us, along with our team of specialists, help you both restore and enhance your smile. While the financial burden of full mouth reconstruction may appear overwhelming, we are dedicated to work out a solution personalized to your dental needs and financial limitations.

Our team of specialists are equipped to perform personalized solutions for full mouth reconstruction. Learn more or schedule a consultation to get started.

Learn about the Full Mouth Reconstruction provided at Zak Dental offices in Agoura Hills, Covina/San Dimas, Downey, Long Beach, North Park, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Simi Valley, Temecula, Valencia, Ventura, and Whittier/La Mirada.

Full Mouth Reconstruction FAQ


What is full mouth reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction, also known as full mouth rehabilitation or full mouth restoration, is a comprehensive dental treatment plan that involves restoring or rebuilding all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. It addresses various dental issues such as missing teeth, damaged teeth, bite problems, and jawbone deterioration.

Who needs full mouth reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction is typically recommended for individuals who have multiple dental problems that affect the function, aesthetics, and overall health of their mouth. This may include individuals with severe tooth decay, extensive tooth loss, gum disease, bite misalignment, or those who have suffered trauma to the mouth.

What dental issues can be addressed with full mouth reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction can address a wide range of dental problems, including:

    • Missing teeth
    • Severely decayed teeth
    • Cracked or fractured teeth
    • Tooth erosion
    • Gum disease
    • Bite misalignment (malocclusion)
    • Jawbone deterioration
    • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders

What are the steps involved in full mouth reconstruction?

The steps in a full mouth reconstruction can vary depending on the individual’s specific needs, but they typically include:

    • Comprehensive dental examination and evaluation
    • Dental imaging (X-rays, CT scans, etc.)
    • Treatment planning and consultation
    • Preparation of the teeth (such as tooth extraction or root canal therapy)
    • Placement of dental implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures
    • Gum disease treatment or periodontal surgery
    • Orthodontic treatment (braces or aligners) for bite correction, if necessary
      Final adjustments and follow-up care

How long does full mouth reconstruction take?

The duration of full mouth reconstruction can vary depending on the complexity of the case, the number of procedures involved, and the individual’s healing process. It may take several months to complete the entire treatment plan, particularly if multiple surgeries or orthodontic treatment are required.

Is full mouth reconstruction painful?

Most dental procedures involved in full mouth reconstruction are performed under local anesthesia or sedation to ensure the patient’s comfort and minimize pain during the treatment. Patients may experience some discomfort or soreness after certain procedures, but this can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication prescribed by the dentist.

How much does full mouth reconstruction cost?

The cost of full mouth reconstruction can vary widely depending on factors such as the extent of the dental issues, the complexity of the treatment plan, the materials used, and the geographic location of the dental practice. It’s essential to consult with your dentist or prosthodontist to get an accurate estimate of the cost based on your specific needs.

Are there any risks associated with full mouth reconstruction?

As with any dental procedure, there are risks associated with full mouth reconstruction, including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and complications related to anesthesia. However, these risks are relatively low when the treatment is performed by a qualified and experienced dental professional.

How long do the results of full mouth reconstruction last?

With proper care and maintenance, the results of full mouth reconstruction can last for many years, if not a lifetime. It’s essential to follow good oral hygiene practices, attend regular dental check-ups, and avoid habits that can damage the teeth or restorations (such as chewing ice or using teeth as tools).

Is full mouth reconstruction covered by dental insurance?

Dental insurance coverage for full mouth reconstruction varies depending on the individual’s insurance plan and the specific procedures included in the treatment plan. Some dental insurance plans may cover certain aspects of full mouth reconstruction, such as tooth extractions or periodontal treatment, while others may not cover elective procedures like cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage options and any out-of-pocket expenses you may incur.

Full-mouth Series of X-rays

What are the benefits of getting a full mouth series of X-rays during a dental visit?


A complete or “full mouth” radiographic series is a set of individual bitewing and periapical radiographs to evaluate all the teeth and tooth supporting bone.

In general, it is necessary to take between 12 and 20 exposures in order to visualize all of the teeth. In a typical healthy patient, this series is taken every few years. However, a series of bitewings and individual periapical images may need to be taken more frequently.

Panoramic X-rays

How can a Panoramic X-ray at the dentist help see what’s going on?


Panoramic X-ray images or “pano films,” are used to evaluate the jawbones and tooth roots of adults for unusual findings or abnormal processes, and the growth and development status of children and adolescents.

They can be used for the detection of cysts, tumors, and other types of abnormal growths.

Patients with risk factors for stroke can be imaged to show blockages or partial blockages of the carotid arteries. so that the patient can be referred for further evaluation and preventive treatment.

Pano films sometimes identify teeth with previously undetected infections, and other types of problems – and are used to plan for the location and potential complications of dental implants.

In children, they’re one of the most important tools for identifying missing permanent teeth and problems with crowding or too much space, so the dentist and orthodontist can plan what to do.

Panoramic images are also the most commonly prescribed X-ray for evaluating wisdom teeth to determine whether any complications for their removal are present; and if so, to plan for their safe removal.