An elderly man sitting outside and smiling. Full mouth rehabilitation involves a combination of treatments designed to rebuild a smile compromised by several issues such as missing teeth, misalignment, and decay. Depending on your specific case, full mouth rehabilitation may include orthodontic treatment to straighten misaligned teeth, TMJ treatment for improperly aligned jaw joints, and dental implant placement to replace lost teeth. To accomplish full mouth reconstruction, Philadelphia dentist Robert Wilkoff combines today's latest technology and techniques to provide fully customized results.

Assess the Damage

The first step to any dental treatment is to investigate the extent of damage and determine your exact needs and goals. With a thorough examination, Dr. Wilkoff can accurately assess your oral health to diagnose issues pertaining to lost teeth, severe dental disease, bite misalignment, TMJ disorder, and insufficient jawbone structure. Your initial consultation will help produce a comprehensive report that explains the state of your oral health, along with an outline of your treatment plan and options. The plan may include numerous procedures over a period of time, and we will make sure that you understand every step of the process.

Restoring Your Smile's Foundation

When one or more teeth are lost, the effect is far more dramatic than what meets the eye. As soon as a tooth's root vacates its place in your jawbone, surrounding cells resorb the bone, allowing your body to utilize its minerals elsewhere. One or more dental implants can help prevent jawbone resorption after tooth loss by replacing the lost roots. If your jawbone is too weak to support a dental implant, then Dr. Wilkoff may perform a jawbone graft to reinforce the structure for successful implant placement.

Before implant placement or a jawbone graft, however, your gums and jawbone must be free of disease. In cases of severe gum disease, the infection can deteriorate your gum tissue and underlying jawbone enough to cause tooth loss (in fact, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States). To eradicate gum disease, full mouth rehabilitation may begin with comprehensive periodontal therapy.

Movement and Pressure-Striking the Right Balance

The balance and alignment of your oral structures are equally as important as their health and integrity. Many cases of severe dental damage, including cracked, fractured, and lost teeth, are the result of undue pressure from a problem with teeth and/or jaw alignment. Some full mouth rehabilitation cases require TMJ treatment to relieve pressure on jaw joints, and/or braces or equilibration to correct the alignment of teeth.

Though not all full mouth rehabilitations require orthodontic treatment, many do, and Dr. Wilkoff is a general dentist who offers orthodontics. With options ranging from traditional, highly-effective metal braces to more discrete solutions like Invisalign® clear aligners, you can complete the orthodontic phase of your treatment without needing to visit an orthodontist's office.

The Finishing Touches

Many patients choose to undergo cosmetic enhancements after completing a full mouth reconstruction. Porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and dental crowns can make your healthy new smile look even more beautiful and charismatic.

Schedule an Appointment Today with Robert Wilkoff, D.D.S.

As an L.D. Pankey Institute Alumnus, Dr. Wilkoff's expertise spans all major areas of dental treatment. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.