If you have multiple dental issues that are preventing you from achieving the smile of your dreams, there’s no need to fret! There are many existing treatments that can provide you with the solution you need including full mouth reconstruction, in which your dentist combines multiple treatments into one comprehensive procedure to fix your smile! However, you might be wondering what to expect when recovering from this course of action. Keep reading to learn more about the recovery timeline for each part of this process and some things you can anticipate throughout it.
Dental fillings are one of the most popular restorative treatments available and can usually be completed in a single office visit. Fillings are used to repair teeth with mild to moderate decay or damage. After receiving dental fillings, you can usually resume normal activity right away—although it might take an hour or two for the effects of the anesthesia to wear off.
Crowns And Bridges
Crowns and bridges are also great for fixing teeth with minor damage, and these custom restorations typically take two office visits to complete. Your dentist must first prepare your teeth and take impressions, and then they can follow up and fit you with your new restoration(s). Many patients experience some sensitivity in the days following the procedure, but you can typically resume normal activities within the same day.
Root Canal Therapy
When the pulp of your tooth has been invaded by bacteria, root canal therapy is usually necessary. Your dentist will remove the nerves and blood vessels from the affected tooth and then disinfect it. Finally, the canal that’s made is filled with restorative material and the tooth is sealed up—sometimes with a crown. After root canal therapy, many patients experience sensitivity and sometimes inflammation around the affected tooth. These effects typically diminish within a couple of days.
If you have a tooth with a poor long-term prognosis, it might need to be removed. Depending on the extent of the surgery, recovering from a tooth extraction can take up to one week. It will take the gums a few days to close over the socket, but it can take several more months for the bone underneath to fully heal. Most patients feel normal and comfortable within 3 to 5 days following their extraction.
Dental implants are a common and effective tooth replacement option; they can last a lifetime with proper care! During the procedure, the implants are placed directly into your jawbone; once healed, they can support crowns, bridges, and even dentures. After the implants have been placed, they must fuse to the bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. This can take up to six months to complete. However, immediate healing after the surgery usually only takes a few days.
There can sometimes be a lot that goes into full mouth reconstruction, but it’s all for good reason—this process can completely transform your smile and your life! Knowing what to expect during recovery will only make things go more smoothly.
About the Author
Dr. Ben Tindal received his DDM from the University of Florida and maintains active membership in many professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontics, and others. Dr. Tindal loves to restore the confidence of his patients by helping them achieve their smile goals, and he’d be happy to assist you. His practice offers many services including smile reconstruction! If you’d like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact him through his website or by phone: (941) 225-2520.