Full Mouth Reconstruction Specialist

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry of New York

Jessica A. Pandich, DDS

Prosthodontist & General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

At Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry of New York, many patients in Midtown Manhattan, near Bryant Park and Grand Central, turn to Dr. Jessica A. Pandich for full mouth reconstruction services. This is an area of practice that Dr. Pandich finds immensely rewarding, as the outcome can drastically improve the patient’s quality of life.

Full Mouth Reconstruction Q & A

What is meant by full mouth reconstruction?

Many types of dental work focus on addressing a particular area within the mouth, such as replacing one missing tooth, reshaping a chipped tooth, or placing a veneer over a cracked tooth. Full mouth reconstruction is a far more involved process that addresses severe dental conditions. Each patient has a unique set of needs, but reconstruction usually involves a complete overhaul of the individual’s dental health, including finding replacement options for most or all natural teeth. The process often requires the services of more than one dental professional, especially when there has been trauma to the mouth, toothwear or significant decay. Full mouth reconstruction creates the correct and healthy relationship between gums, bone, muscles and the teeth.

What is the process for this type of service?

Full mouth reconstruction begins with a professional assessment of the patient’s current state of dental health. Each tooth will be assessed to determine if it can be saved, or if it requires the application of a veneer, crown or other restorative option. Gum tissue must also be evaluated, because the gums must be healthy for certain options, such as implants, to be effective. The bone structure and connective tissues of the jaw are also closely examined to ensure that the patient’s bite is properly aligned and that there are not additional medical issues that need to be addressed prior to restorative work. Finally, a treatment plan is designed to incorporate all of this information as well as the patient’s budgeting options.

How long does full mouth reconstruction take?

The answer varies from one patient to the next. In some cases, patients with advanced gum disease or structural problems within their jaw will need to have those issues addressed prior to beginning the process of replacing missing teeth. For others, their overall dental health will allow an immediate start, which can translate to a faster completion. The importance of maximizing the patient’s gum and bone health cannot be overstated, as the durability and success of all other restorative work depends on having a strong foundation of healthy gum and bone tissue.