What is Full Mouth Rehabilitation and How Can It Help Restore My Smile?
Missing or damaged teeth can typically be restored with devices like implants or bridges. However, sometimes it extends beyond just a few teeth and your smile requires more extensive restoration. Although it’s always best to try and save as many natural teeth as possible, your dentist may recommend “starting from scratch” with full mouth rehabilitation.
Full mouth rehabilitation is an extensive process of rebuilding the teeth and mouth for a complete smile in the event of significant trauma or disease. It means replacing most or all of the teeth with restorative devices to fully reconstruct the smile so that it functions just like normal. Some of the devices and therapies used during full mouth rehabilitation might include:
- Dental bridges
- Full or partial dentures
- Oral surgery
- Root canals
- TMJ treatment
- Teeth whitening
A similar procedure is sometimes called the “smile makeover” or smile design, but full mouth rehabilitation is a restorative approach to your smile that prioritizes your mouth’s function and health. You may get cosmetic benefits from full mouth rehabilitation, however, when you achieve a complete and healthy smile.
Full mouth rehabilitation can seem daunting, but it’s worth the journey. At New York General Dentistry, our team is equipped to help you through the process and ensure you can live your best life with a complete and healthy smile. Dr. Inna Chern is one of the most sought-after dentists in Manhattan and can help you transform your smile and your confidence.
“Dr. Chern is just wonderful. The best dentist I’ve ever had! She is light-handed, deft, and quick. Just about painless. If visiting a dentist can be close to a form of pleasure, she’s as close as you can get.”
Benefits of Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Improved Oral Health
There are many negative ways that an incomplete smile can affect your health, from aches and pains to shifting teeth to a greater chance of infection. By replacing missing teeth and addressing decay and disease, you can prevent many uncomfortable symptoms and risks to your overall health.
An incomplete smile can come with many types of pain, whether from decay or crowding, or a misaligned jaw. Full mouth rehabilitation can ensure that your smile works and feels like it should, reducing chronic pain.
Missing or damaged teeth can make it difficult to feel comfortable smiling. With a complete, healthy smile, you don’t need to worry about the way you look during your best moments.
Meet With Dr. Inna Chern & Her Manhattan Team
To learn more about Full Mouth Rehabilitation in Manhattan and your treatment options, contact our office for an appointment by calling or filling out our online form. Dr. Inna Chern and her team will personally work with you to plan your best treatment options and restore the function and beauty of your smile.
The Full Mouth Rehabilitation Process and What to Expect
Full mouth rehabilitation is a multi-step process and can take several months as your mouth heals and dental appliances are fabricated. However, full mouth rehabilitation looks different for everyone, and your process will be customized to your unique needs. Dr. Inna Chern will make sure you understand the best options for your smile goals using the best technologies available in Manhattan.
Your First Appointment
- During this appointment, you’ll undergo a full assessment of your current smile, assessing factors like your tooth structure, gum tissue, bone density, bite stability, and your smile’s overall look.
- You’ll discuss your dental health history and Dr. Chern will take any necessary x-rays or photographs to begin planning your treatment process.
- You’ll spend significant time with Dr. Chern discussing your smile goals and creating the right treatment plan for your needs, including learning more about the timeline, cost, and what you can expect.
Your Second Appointment
- You’ll return to begin your treatment process which typically begins with removing or rehabilitating your existing teeth. This ensures you have a healthy foundation on which to build your new smile.
- Dr. Inna Chern can create a detailed model of your teeth using our iTero Element Scanner for use in fabricating new restorative devices. This means there’s no need for impressions or molds.
Your Third Appointment
- Once your mouth is healed and your appliances are ready, they can be installed at our comfortable Midtown East office. Our team will take every step to ensure you’re relaxed and confident in your treatment process.
- This installation process may need to be performed more than once with periodic recovery times in between appointments. You’ll receive a full schedule of when to return for your next appointments.
Your Final Appointment
Once your new smile is complete, Dr. Chern will check your bite, speech and ensure that your mouth feels comfortable and natural to you. She’ll also go over maintenance steps and how to care for your new smile so you can get the most long-term use out of it.
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Caring for Your New Smile
Full mouth rehabilitation can help keep your smile healthy and strong for many years to come. However, you should still care for your new smile like you would your natural teeth. Some care steps to follow include:
- Eat a healthy, varied diet and enjoy sweets and soft drinks in moderation
- Visit your dentist for a checkup every 4-6 months
- Brush your teeth twice daily using a soft-bristled or electric toothbrush
- Floss daily with string floss or a water flosser
- Keep your removable appliances clean with a designated cleaning agent
- Avoid staining foods and drinks like coffee, black tea, or red wine
Are you awake during tooth extraction?
You can choose to be awake or to be sedated. Extractions can be done in either way.
Can a dentist pull an infected tooth?
Yes, a dentist often pulls an infected tooth as soon as possible so the infection doesnt get worse or spread.
Can I brush my teeth with toothpaste after tooth extraction?
You can brush all areas around the extraction site with toothpaste for the first day and resume normal brushing after the area has started healing.
Can I drink cold water after tooth extraction?
You can drink cold beverages but should avoid straws which create negative pressure and can impede healing.
Do I keep gauze in overnight after tooth extraction?
The bleeding from an extraction should stop within the first few hours of the oral surgery You should not need to use gauze during sleeping hours. If the area is bleeding extensively, you should call your New York dentist. Sleeping with gauze is dangerous because you can swallow or aspirate it.
Can I get my teeth pulled and dentures in the same day?
Yes, immediate dentures are dentures made prior to extracting any teeth. The board-certified dentist approximates the final tooth position and inserts them the same day as the extraction.
Can you see the blood clot after tooth extraction?
The blood clot forms in the socket where the extracted tooth was located. You may be able to see the clot formation depending on the visibility and position of the tooth that was extracted.
Can you shower after tooth extraction?
You can absolutely shower after an extraction once you have recovered from the anesthesia and/or sedative.
Do dentists prescribe painkillers for tooth extraction?
NSAIDs are often prescribed for routine extractions and Opioids are prescribed for complex extractions. These analgesics aid in pain and inflammation management.
How do you get a tooth out painless and fast?
An experienced, board-certified oral surgeon can often extract a tooth very quickly. Local anesthesia is used in the area to create a numb sensation during the surgery making it painless.
How do you sleep after a tooth extraction?
You may sleep routinely after an extraction. If there is swelling after the extraction, it is recommended to sleep in a slightly elevated position.
Do I need time off work after tooth extraction?
A routine extraction does not have much down time from work and most people are fine to return to work the next day. A more complicated surgery may require 2-3 days of post-operative recovery.
Do I sleep with gauze after tooth extraction?
You should never sleep with gauze after an extraction. There is a chance of swallowing or aspirating the gauze which can be life threatening.
How long do I keep gauze on tooth extraction?
Keep the gauze on the tooth extraction site until the bleeding slows down and a clot has begun to form.
How long do you have to use salt water after tooth extraction?
Saltwater rinses are very therapeutic on the second-day post-extraction. They promote healing and keep harmful food and bacteria particles out of the clotted socket. You may continue the rinses for several days as you see fit.
How do you eat after a tooth extraction?
Its advisable to eat a soft diet on the opposite side of the extraction for the first 24-72 hours.
How long do you have to wear gauze after tooth extraction?
Gauze is recommended to be worn and changed till the bleeding stops and the initial clot is formed.
How long will I spit blood after tooth extraction?
You MUST avoid spitting after the extraction! Spitting creates a negative pressure in the mouth causing poor clot formation.
How many teeth can be extracted at once?
Patients can have one or more teeth extracted in a day. It is not uncommon to have a board-certified dentist remove all diseased teeth in one oral or maxillofacial surgery appointment. That is a choice to be discussed with your oral surgeon.
How long does it take for a clot to form after a tooth extraction?
The initial clot starts to form soon after the extraction and matures in 1-2 days with proper care.
How painful is a tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction should never be painful. Your oral surgeon will give you enough anesthetic that you will not feel the surgery.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
A routine extraction may take 1-2 days to recover from depending on an individuals medical history. For more complex surgeries, recovery may take up to a week.
How soon after tooth extraction can I eat?
As soon as the anesthetic wears off, it is safe to eat a soft diet.
How long should you wait to drink water after getting a tooth pulled?
You can drink water as soon as the bleeding has stopped after the extraction.
Is it OK to spit after tooth extraction?
You must NEVER spit after an extraction. Spitting will cause improper clot formation.
Is it safe to swallow blood from tooth extraction?
It is absolutely safe to swallow blood from your mouth.
What does blood clot after tooth extraction look like?
A blood clot initially looks deep red in color and after more pronounced healing appears white.
Should I get a root canal or extraction?
It is always advisable to try to save your natural tooth structure. Choosing between an extraction and root canal must be discussed with your dentist. It is very unique and depends on an individual tooth long term prognosis.
What happens after tooth extraction?
After a tooth extraction, the area is irrigated with saline, required stitches are placed, gauze is placed in the area to promote clotting and, post-operative interactions are given.
What happens if you have a tooth pulled and dont replace it?
If a tooth is not replaced, the bite may shift, remaining teeth may shift, bone loss occurs in the area and a patient may have issues with eating and chewing properly.
Should you rest after tooth extraction?
You should rest after a tooth extraction to allow the area to heal properly.
What is the best mouthwash to use after a tooth extraction?
No rinsing is advised in the first 24 hours after an extraction. Warm salt water is a great and easy rinse to make for the following days the first 24 hours.
What should I avoid after tooth extraction?
Avoid spitting, rinsing, hard foods, strenuous exercise and smoking.
When can I return to work after tooth extraction?
After a routine extraction, you can return to work in 24-48 hours. More extensive surgeries may require a longer recovery time and return to work.
Why does my tooth extraction hurt more at night?
The extraction hurts more at night because of our sleeping position. Laying down causes more blood to rush to our heads, putting extra pressure on our mouth. Another factor is that we are less distracted and any mild discomfort before sleep can seem more intense.
How long do I keep gauze in after a tooth extraction?
The first gauze stays in place for 30 minutes and can be changed accordingly until the bleeding from the extraction site stops.
What are extractions of teeth?
Extractions of teeth are the removal of teeth that are decayed, fractured, mal-aligned, infected, and non-functional.
What Makes Our Office the Right Fit for Your Dental Needs?
We never take a one-size-fits-all approach to your oral health. Dr. Chern will evaluate your teeth and gums, working closely with our team to create a custom solution.
Our bright and modern Midtown East Manhattan office was designed with you in mind. Enjoy a calming atmosphere and comfortable amenities to help you feel at ease.
New York General Dentistry uses modern techniques and equipment to ensure your treatment is a success.
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