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Recovering from Full Mouth Reconstruction

February 27, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 5:52 pm

Man looking at teeth in dental mirrorAre you ready to invest in a beautiful, healthy smile? Full mouth reconstruction in San Marcos can transform your confidence and quality of life. Your journey to a better smile will require multiple procedures based on your needs. Since every treatment plan is unique, the healing process looks different for everyone. Depending on the procedures, here’s what you can expect.

Dental Fillings or Bonding

Fillings have been used for generations to treat mild-to-moderate decay. Modern fillings are metal free, so they can be customized to match the color of your enamel. As a result, the same material can be used to fix minor aesthetic damage, like chips or cracks. The procedure can be done in a single appointment; however, if you’re treating several teeth, your dentist may recommend more than one session. It can take an hour or two for the effects of any anesthesia to dissipate before you can resume your normal activities.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are custom restorations used to repair or replace teeth. Generally, the process takes 2 appointments to complete. Your tooth is prepared, and your dentist will take a digital impression during your first visit. A temporary crown is placed on your tooth to protect it until your permanent restorations are ready, which can take a couple of weeks. Your tooth may be tender for a couple of days, but you can manage it with an OTC pain reliever. Eat softer foods and chew on the opposite side of your mouth until you receive your final restoration.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal can save an infected tooth from needing to be extracted. The procedure is done in one visit; however, it’s not uncommon to require a dental crown, too. You may have some slight sensitivity or swelling near the tooth for a day or two.

Tooth Extraction

Your dentist strives to save each tooth, but there are situations when they are beyond repair. There isn’t any limit to the number of teeth that can be removed during one appointment. It can take a week or two for your mouth to heal after any extractions. Your dentist will explain your aftercare instructions to ensure there aren’t any delays in the healing process.

Dental Implants

The process of replacing a tooth with a dental implant takes several months. The first step in the process is your placement surgery. Your jawbone must fuse to the post before moving forward with the restoration phase of the process, which can take a while. Although your recovery may take longer, your dental implant can thrive for decades after you’ve healed.

Take your first step toward the smile of your dreams by scheduling your consultation for full mouth reconstruction.

About Dr. Nelson Y. Howard

Dr. Howard earned his dental degree from UCLA School of Dentistry before continuing his education in advanced studies, like cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and restorative dentistry. He is an award-winning dentist known for his exceptional skill. If you’re interested in full mouth rehabilitation, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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