Full mouth reconstructions involve a wide range of procedures. The dental treatments that are performed during a patient’s full mouth reconstruction range from simple, non-invasive treatments like teeth whitening, to more involved treatments like dental implants. Because the treatments performed are specific to each patient, recovery after full mouth reconstruction greatly depends on the number or type of procedures utilized. Our Shreveport cosmetic dentistry patients can schedule a consultation with one of our friendly, experienced dentists to find out which full mouth reconstruction treatments will improve the condition of their teeth and gums. Here is a general overview of what to expect during full mouth reconstruction recovery.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants require a longer recovery time than many other full mouth reconstruction procedures because they are surgically embedded into the jaw. The jawbone takes time to heal and bond to the titanium implant post; complete healing could take six weeks to three months. Once the implant has sufficiently integrated within the jawbone, a tooth shaped crown is attached to the implant to complete the restoration. For our patients in Shreveport, dental implants surgery is generally considered to be about as painful as tooth extraction or wisdom tooth removal surgery. For the first few days of recovery, your jaws may be sore and eating may be difficult. Soft foods are recommended during immediate recovery since hard, crunchy foods can irritate the healing gums and jaw. Typically, aspirin-free pain relievers, like Tylenol and ibuprofen, are adequate for relieving any pain you may experience during recovery.
- Root Planing and Scaling: Gum disease is a common condition that can be treated with root planing and scaling. Root planing and scaling is a deep cleaning procedure designed to remove tartar below the gum line. Following treatment, you can expect to have tender, sore gums, and you may experience some bleeding. Avoid foods that may get stuck between the gums and teeth, like small seeds and popcorn, for the first two days of recovery. Rinsing with a warm salt water solution several times a day can help reduce pain and infection.
- Dental Crowns: Dental crowns are used to restore broken or otherwise damaged teeth. Most find crown placement painless while others may experience mild discomfort for a day or two after treatment. If pain or discomfort persists you should see your dentist as your crown may require adjustment to align the bite. Those who have not had root canal therapy and still have the nerve within a treated tooth may experience increased dental sensitivity. Specially formulated toothpastes can help alleviate this problem.
- Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Most people find the procedure to be painless and require no recovery time, however, some people experience increased tooth sensitivity following the procedure. Increased sensitivity is generally gone with in the first few days following treatment.
- Teeth Whitening: Professional tooth whitening is a non-invasive treatment that quickly and effectively improves the aesthetics of your teeth. The treatment can dramatically change the appearance of your teeth in a single treatment. Many people experience no pain and require no time for recovery. However, some patients notice increased tooth sensitivity immediately following treatment. Random shooting pains down the center of the teeth are another possible side effect. Both tooth sensitivity and shooting pains typically stop within the first few days; pain medication and the use of special toothpaste may help to ease discomfort after teeth whitening.
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There are many other treatment options available for full mouth reconstruction. Since each full mouth reconstruction is specific to the individual, recovery times and experiences will vary. Contact us today for your personal consultation. Our team is ready to restore the health and beauty of your smile.