Full Mouth Reconstruction: Recovery and Healing After Dental Work
Full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive dental treatment that combines multiple dental procedures to completely restore oral health and functions. Full mouth reconstruction is ideal for individuals with complex dental problems, including advanced tooth decay, oral injuries, periodontal disease, poor jaw functions, or tooth loss.
At Sonoran Dental Design, full mouth reconstruction makes it easier, more convenient, and more affordable for our Scottsdale, AZ, patients to repair their smiles. Before undergoing full mouth reconstruction, patients should have a good understanding of what to expect after treatment. Here, Dr. Ann Sielicki discusses full mouth reconstruction recovery and healing, giving patients an idea of what it will be like after major dental work.
How Long Does Full Mouth Reconstruction Recovery Last?
The length of full mouth reconstruction recovery varies for each patient. Every full mouth reconstruction is personalized to the patient’s unique needs. Many patients can restore their smile with a combination of minimally invasive treatments, such as dental fillings, dental crowns, dental bridges, and root planing and scaling. These procedures cause minimal side effects. Most patients recover from procedures such as these within two to three days.
Full mouth reconstruction sometimes requires treatment of more complex issues, like advanced gum disease, infection, or tooth loss. These dental problems may require surgical treatment, tooth extraction, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. Full mouth reconstruction treatments involving invasive dental procedures require a lengthier recovery period. It can take patients weeks or months to recover from these treatments, though side effects should resolve much faster.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Side Effects
Again, each full mouth reconstruction differs based on the treatments needed to address our Scottsdale patients’ oral health concerns. Because every treatment is unique, side effects can also vary. The most likely side effects of full mouth reconstruction include:
- Tenderness or soreness
- Heightened sensitivity
- Light bleeding around the treatment site
- Bruising around the treatment site
Full mouth reconstruction side effects are usually minimal and short-lived. Most side effects resolve within a few days of treatment. Full mouth reconstruction treatments involving surgery or dental implants may cause longer-lasting side effects, but most resolve within a week.
Full Mouth Reconstruction Aftercare Tips
Aftercare practices are vital to timely recovery from full mouth reconstruction. Proper care promotes healing and minimizes treatment side effects. We recommend these aftercare tips to our Scottsdale full mouth reconstruction patients:
- Closely follow all post-treatment instructions
- Return for any scheduled follow-up visits
- Take any prescribed pain medication or antibiotics as directed
- If necessary, take over-the-counter pain medication to manage discomfort
- Use cold compresses on the outer cheek to reduce swelling and bruising
- Continue to practice good oral hygiene habits (brushing and flossing)
- Rinse the mouth with warm salt water to clean treatment sites
- Avoid biting directly on the treatment area
- Adhere to any recommended diet restrictions
If your smile has been compromised by dental issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, or tooth loss, you may be an ideal candidate for full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Ann Sielicki would be happy to customize a treatment plan based on your unique needs. To schedule an appointment at our dental practice, send us a message online or call (480) 419-9595.