Full Mouth Rehabilitation corrects imperfections in bite position and enhances the appearance of the smile. Using advanced technology, the dentist measures the jaw’s muscle function in both stressed and relaxed positions by running computerized scans.
If an imbalance is determined, the dentist will decide whether to treat with an orthotic appliance, or to fit the patient with dental restorations. The orthotic is a removable or fixed appliance that artificially builds up the patient’s bite to a comfortable resting position. For patients that wish to eliminate the orthotic, full mouth restoration is often required.
After the orthotic has been worn for several weeks to several months, the jaw naturally drops into its most comfortable position. Only then can the doctor begin to restore the bite. He will use beautiful porcelain restorations that can raise or lower the bite to achieve the most comfortable jaw position. With this correction, patients experience decreased or eliminated pain and discomfort, and better overall health.
Patients who have their bite repositioned with the use of an orthotic will be under the dentists care for up to 1 year. The orthotic gently and slowly repositions the bite, creating a naturally comfortable position. The patient’s progress will be monitored on a regular basis.
Patients who are then fitted with dental restorations can expect recovery to be about the same as any dental procedure. The gums may be tender for a couple days after restorations are placed on the teeth. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, can ease any discomfort.