Recovering from Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction in Estero is a great option for people with severely damaged or missing teeth. However, few people have time for a lengthy recovery. You don’t have to worry about extensive downtime because your dentist will use the latest technologies and techniques to streamline your smile’s transformation. Although every treatment plan differs, here is what you can expect while recovering from 5 common procedures used during full mouth reconstruction.

1. Dental Fillings

Composite fillings are the preferred solution to treat cavities. Placing them is less invasive than metal fillings because you don’t need wedges cut into your teeth to support them. Your dentist can place many fillings in one appointment. Your tooth might be tender for a couple of days, but you won’t have any restrictions on your daily activities. 

2. Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges can restore a healthy, functional smile. Often, two appointments are needed to prepare your mouth for the restorations and to place them. You may experience mild discomfort for a few days, but you can manage it with an OTC pain reliever.

3. Root Canal Therapy

Damaged or infected teeth can be saved with root canal therapy. Despite its bad reputation, advancements in dental care make root canals pain-free, but you can expect some tenderness for 3 or 4 days. Eat softer foods and take an OTC pain medication to keep you comfortable.

4. Tooth Extractions

Your dentist will do everything they can to save a tooth, but extraction is best in certain situations. Whether simple or surgical, your dentist will give you strict aftercare instructions to promote a quick recovery, which may include taking a day or two off from work or going to the gym. You may also have dietary restrictions, like eating softer foods and not drinking through a straw. Your mouth or jaw may hurt for a few days, but it’s manageable with pain relievers and cold compresses. It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions to avoid a painful condition called dry socket. If the blood clot at the extraction site is lost too soon, you can experience significant pain and a longer recovery.

5. Dental Implants 

A dental implant replicates both the root and crown, which requires a multi-step treatment process that can take many months. Although you won’t feel anything during your placement surgery, your recovery will be similar to after a tooth extraction. While your discomfort will improve in a few days, it can take several months for your jawbone to fuse to the post.

Your dentist in Estero will explain exactly what to expect before, during, and after full mouth reconstruction. In no time at all, you’ll have the healthy, beautiful smile you desire to look and feel your best.

About Dr. Dufault

Dr. Dufault earned her dental degree at the University of Connecticut and completed a residency focusing on prosthodontic smile reconstructions. She has completed extensive continuing education in advanced procedures, like full-mouth rehabilitation. Contact our office today to request your consultation with a dentist who has the qualifications you can trust.