In Costa Rica, the terms, full mouth reconstruction, full mouth rehabilitation and full mouth restoration are all used to describe a set of procedures utilized in combination, to simultaneously rebuild or restore the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws of a patient. These procedures are used to treat various dental problems that affect not only the teeth, but also the gums and in some cases the jaw bone, as is the case of TMD or temporomandibular dysfunction.
Patients who require a full mouth reconstruction include those who have lost multiple teeth, those who may have numerous large fillings that are damaged and decayed, or that may have cracked or broken teeth due to trauma. Patients who suffer from bruxism or those who were born with conditions such as ectodermal dysplasia affecting the teeth, amelogenesis or dentinogenesis imperfecta, may require extensive restoration of their teeth, and are excellent candidates for a full mouth reconstruction in Costa Rica.
Only a qualified and experienced dentist with the right credentials should determine a patient’s need for a full mouth restoration, as other treatments may be available. At the Flikier Dental Institute in Costa Rica, all of the oral health professionals are duly accredited and have ample experience in their respective fields, so we can guarantee the quality of treatment offered to our patients.
As mentioned above, the treatment involves several procedures, which may include some or all of the following:
– Prophylactic teeth cleaning and periodontal care
– Orthognathic surgery to reposition the jaw
– Contouring of the gum tissue to create a balanced smile
– Placement of dental crowns, bridges or veneers
– Orthodontics (braces) to align your teeth into the optimal position for the reconstruction
– Dental implants
– Bone or soft tissue grafting to help stabilize the teeth or implants.
Although, a lot of these procedures are also involved in a smile makeover, there is significant difference between the two. A smile makeover is an elective procedure whereas a full mouth reconstruction is a necessity. Dental problems that have advanced to a point of severely affecting functionality and the overall health of a patient are the ones that may require a full mouth restoration.
As dental technology advances, and with the introduction of better, more natural looking materials that simulate normal teeth; there is a tendency among certain dentists to blur the line between purely cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. At the Flikier Dental Institute, this line is never blurred, our specialists will never recommend a full mouth reconstruction to patients who do not require it; instead alternative treatment options will be presented and discussed in full with the client before any procedure is performed.
Because of the complexity of the treatment, and depending on the amount of work required, people in the United States could be looking at costs ranging from $50,000 up to as much as $80,000. In Costa Rica, a full mouth restoration treatment, performed by licensed and renowned specialists like the ones working at our center, will be substantially less costly even taking into account the travel expenses.
If you do decide to travel to Costa Rica for a full mouth reconstruction, it is important for you to know that, this type of treatment will involve multiple phases, our specialists will study your individual case and develop a comprehensive, step by step plan to complete your mouth rehabilitation. Once they have done this, they will explain in detail the process and answer any questions you may have as well as provide you with an accurate estimate of how many appointments will be required to complete the treatment and the estimated time it will involve, this will allow you to make the necessary travel arrangements.