Kate Brayman DDS is a NYC-based and board-certified dentist who has extensive experience with full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Kate Brayman’s practice, right near Washington Square Park in NYC, offers top-of-the-line dental care from a team that combines cutting-edge medical technology with a focus on cosmetic excellence.
Full mouth reconstruction is one of the most involved and complex procedures in dentistry, and you might be wondering what exactly it is, how much it costs and how much time it takes. That’s why we created this guide, breaking down everything you need to know about full mouth reconstruction.
What Exactly is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is a procedure, or series of procedures, which restores healthy functioning to someone’s mouth and teeth. If you have missing teeth, unhealthy gums or other complications in your mouth, full mouth reconstruction (FMR) may be the holistic treatment for you. It’s important to note that FMR is not purely an aesthetic treatment, and is meant for people with medical issues affecting the mouth. If you are interested in cosmetic dental surgery, feel free to read more here. That being said, cosmetic fixes, such as teeth whitening can be part of a larger full mouth reconstruction treatment.
Why Would I Need Full Mouth Reconstruction?
There’s a wide range of factors that could make you a suitable candidate for full mouth reconstruction.
- Dental disease: If you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, where your gums have become infected, you may benefit from FMR.
- Accident: If you have been in an accident that has resulted in damage to the mouth and/or loss of teeth, you may benefit from FMR.
- Erosion: If your teeth have become very worn down, you may benefit from FMR.
- Jaw pain: If you experience pain in the jaw or headaches resulting from jaw misalignment (malocclusion), you may benefit from FMR.
How Long Will Full Mouth Reconstruction Take?
Since full mouth reconstruction depends upon the specific needs of the patient, it is difficult to say exactly how long it will take. That being said, the treatment process is likely to take more than a month, as several procedures will most likely be necessary.
How Much will Full Mouth Reconstruction Cost?
Full mouth reconstruction, more commonly known as a smile makeover is a procedure that addresses a pressing medical need and the cost varies from $30,000 – $150,000. Hence, while most dental insurances should cover it, you should still always double check with your provider.
What are some of the Procedures Involved in Full Mouth Reconstruction?
- Dental implants: This involves adding a dental crown or bridge, in order to restore or replace a diseased or missing tooth. Dental crowns are caps that dentists usually put over an unhealthy tooth. Dental bridges are artificial teeth that can replace missing teeth.
- Osseous/gum surgery: This involves getting rid of infected gums and unhealthy bone in the mouth.
- Dentures: This involves adding a denture to the mouth, which most often is a full or partial set of artificial teeth.
- Gum/bone grafting: This involves using healthy gum or bone to replace areas where the patient’s gum or bone is missing or diseased.
- Ceramic onlays: This involves ceramic onlays that can be installed to fix a diseased tooth or fix an uneven bite in a patient’s mouth.
- Invisalign: This involves installing a clear aligner that can fix alignment issues without the aesthetic disruption of metallic braces.
Why does Kate Brayman DDS Excel at Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Our NYC dental practice is at the intersection of cutting edge medical technology and cosmetic excellence. Brayman has over 15 years of experience in dentistry and has built one of the most prestigious dental practices in the New York City area. She graduated from the one of the U.S.’ top dentistry schools, NYU’s College of Dentistry, and also completed an advanced training program at NYU on dental implants and veneers.
One of the things that makes Kate Brayman’s practice unique is her background as an artist. Brayman is an avid painter and brings the mindset of an artist to every procedure she works on. Brayman combines this emphasis on cosmetic beauty with the some of the most advanced dentistry equipment and procedures currently available. This combination positions Brayman to give top-tier full mouth reconstruction, allowing her to both address medical issues and leave the patient with a beautiful set of teeth.
What are some of the Goals of Full Mouth Reconstruction?
We’ve outlined some of the potential procedures involved in full mouth reconstruction above, but here is a breakdown of the different goals of FMR:
- Replace any missing teeth
- Repair and restore diseased teeth
- Get rid of gum disease
- Allow patients to have normal mouth functioning and reduce pain in the mouth
- Stop cycle of pain and disease in the mouth
- Help create a beautiful set of teeth to the patient’s liking
- Reduce bad breath stemming from diseases in the mouth
What will the Full Mouth Reconstruction Process look like?
First, the patient will come in for a panoramic x-ray that will allow doctors to assess the level of damage in the mouth. An x-ray will show how damaged teeth are within the mouth and if root canal therapy is necessary. Then the gums will be examined to see if there is any periodontal disease that needs to be treated. Once the tooth structure and gums have been examined, doctors will turn to cosmetic evaluation, determining what cosmetic alteration is wanted (e.g. whitening). After the patient has been diagnosed, dentists will create a treatment plan that will address all the patient’s medical needs. Surgeries like gum restoration and root canal therapy will likely be done first, followed by dental implants and cosmetic alterations. By the end of full mouth reconstruction, patients are expected to have a healthy and beautiful mouth.
What is the recovery process like?
When procedures in full mouth reconstruction are completed you will need to recover before further treatment is given. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics and/or pain medication to aid in the recovery process. Depending on the procedure, the patient may need to eat soft foods or have drinkable meals until they recover. Once full mouth reconstruction is complete, it is important to maintain good dental health by brushing teeth twice a day and flossing regularly. It’s also important for patients to go to dental checkups and have their teeth cleaned.
What Medical Conditions can Full Mouth Reconstruction help Address?
- Ectodermal dysplasia: Ectodermal dysplasia involves the abnormal development of skin, hair or teeth. Some patients with ectodermal dysplasia may have missing teeth or defective tooth enamel. Full mouth reconstruction can help people address some of the symptoms of ectodermal dysplasia.
- Amelogenesis: Amelogenesis is a rare inherited disorder that causes tooth decay and defective tooth enamel. The main symptom is teeth that don’t have working enamel, or are missing enamel altogether. Beyond this, patients with amelogenesis may have cracked teeth, accelerated tooth decay, and gum disease. Full mouth reconstruction is one of the best ways to address the complications associated with amelogenesis.
- Dentinogenesis imperfecta: Dentinogenesis imperfecta is a disorder that can cause teeth to look discolored, often turning yellow-brown or blue-gray. Dentinogenesis imperfecta also can cause teeth to appear translucent. The disorder can both affect infant teeth and adult teeth. Full mouth reconstruction can help address discoloration and replace unhealthy teeth if necessary.
- Malocclusion: Malocclusion is a misalignment of the jaws which can result in pain. Full mouth reconstruction can use implants and grafting to realign the jaws and reduce associated pain.
- Oral cancer: Oral cancer is a cancer of the mouth where cells uncontrollably grow. Cancer cell growth can spread to other areas of the body and potentially be fatal if not treated. Oral cancer can present as sores or bumps in the mouth. While oral cancer must be treated by an oncologist, once the cancer has been removed, full mouth reconstruction can help restore the mouth to health. For example, gum grafting can help fix parts of the gums removed during an operation.
Full mouth reconstruction is a complex process that will fix a range of problems relating to the teeth and mouth. Now you have a sense of who needs full mouth reconstruction, how long it will take, what the process will look like and why Dr. Kate Brayman is uniquely suited to help patients with FMR. If you are interested in learning more about how Brayman’s NYC dental practice can help you with full mouth reconstruction, feel free to call 646-527-7802 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use the contact form here.
Dr. Kate Brayman’s offices are located at 20th 5th Ave Suite 1C, New York, NY 10011. The offices are close to major transit lines, the PATH train and Union Square.