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What to Expect While Recovering from Full Mouth Reconstruction

September 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — lapalcodental @ 3:57 pm
patient during full mouth reconstruction

Do you have several oral health problems? If so, your dentist may suggest a full mouth reconstruction. It combines multiple restorative procedures into one comprehensive treatment plan, meaning you can address all your concerns with this approach. It’s an excellent solution for patients wanting to restore their oral health! Read on to find out what you can expect while recovering from some of the most common full mouth reconstruction procedures.  

Dental Fillings

If you have decayed or damaged teeth, your dentist can easily repair them with fillings. It’s one of the most popular restorative treatments and can usually be completed in a single office visit. After getting dental fillings, most patients can resume normal activities after their anesthesia wears off, which usually takes about an hour or two.

Crowns and Bridges

Custom-made restorations like crowns and bridges typically take about two office visits to complete. Your teeth are prepared for the final placement, and impressions are taken for the lab at your first visit. During your second appointment, you’ll be fitted with your new restoration. Most patients can resume their normal activities the same day. However, it’s common to experience mild sensitivity in the days following your procedure.

Root Canal Therapy

When the pulp of the tooth is invaded by bacteria, root canal therapy is necessary to salvage it. Your dentist will remove the nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth and disinfect it. Then, they’ll fill the canals with restorative material and seal the tooth with a filling. In some cases, a crown will be used instead. After root canal therapy, most patients may experience sensitivity in the tissues around the tooth along with slight swelling and inflammation. Luckily, these side effects often resolve within a couple of days.

Tooth Extraction

If a tooth is decayed or damaged beyond repair, an extraction may be the best option. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you can expect your recovery to take about a week. It takes a few days for the gum tissue to close over the socket and several more months for the bone underneath to fully heal. However, most patients feel comfortable and back to normal within just three to five days following the extraction.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement. They’re one of the most permanent solutions for missing teeth. During this procedure, your dentist will surgically insert an implant directly into the jawbone. After its placement, the surrounding bone tissue will fuse to the dental implant. This crucial process is called osseointegration and can take four to six months to complete. Once fully healed, a dental implant can support a crown, bridge, or denture. It’s worth noting that immediate healing may only take about a few days!

Ultimately, the estimated timeframe for your recovery depends on the types of procedures included in your full mouth reconstruction. By diligently following your dentist’s aftercare instructions, you can expect the healing process to be fast and smooth sailing!

About the Practice

Dr. C.J. Landry is passionate about helping patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans. With more than 30 years of experience in the field, Dr. Landry is more than capable of giving you a smile you’ll proudly show off. To learn more about full mouth reconstruction, visit our website or call (504) 348-0080.

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