What to Expect While Recovering from Full Mouth Reconstruction

March 20, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keely Marlowe @ 7:21 pm
Woman pointing at her smile after full mouth reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction is a restorative treatment plan that is customized for each patient. It aims to restore oral health, function, and appearance. If you are thinking about undergoing it, it is understandable if you have questions about the road ahead. For example, you may wonder what your recovery will be like. Let’s talk about what you may experience when you are on the mend from various procedures that are often part of full mouth reconstruction.

Dental Implants

Placing and restoring dental implants is a multi-stage process, the most invasive stage of which is often the implant placement surgery. After it, you may experience some soreness, bleeding, and swelling. Such symptoms usually dissipate within days, and most patients are able to return to work within just a day or two of their surgery. However, it may take months for your jawbone to fully heal. You will have to be careful about what you eat until your implants are fully restored (that is to say, until your new artificial teeth are attached to them).

Fillings

A filling addresses minor to moderate tooth decay. The procedure is fairly simple and quick. Afterward, you should be able to resume your normal routine with no downtime, no bleeding, and no food restrictions. However, you may choose to temporarily avoid sticky, hot, and cold foods because your tooth may be extra sensitive for a few days.

Crowns, and Bridges

Some significant sensitivity is normal after a tooth is prepared for a crown or bridge. You may have to wear a temporary crown or bridge for a while, which might require you to avoid sticky and hard foods. Once your permanent crown or bridge is in place, there may be some sensitivity, but within a short period of time, your mouth should feel completely normal.

Gum Disease Treatment

There are a few different types of gum disease treatment. One of the most common, called scaling and root planing, may cause soreness around your teeth. You may also experience increased sensitivity for several weeks.

Keys to a Comfortable Recovery

Your dental team will provide you with detailed post-procedure instructions to help you enjoy a smooth recovery. They might advise you to:

  • Take pain relievers as necessary
  • Get adequate rest
  • Temporarily stick to consuming soft, room temperature foods
  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Call your dental team right away if you experience any severe pain or notice any signs of infection

The procedures involved in full mouth reconstruction usually come with a bit of a recovery period. However, any minor discomfort you experience along the way will be well worth it when you have a renewed smile!

Meet the Practice

Dr. Mark Brodhagen has more than 50 years of experience in dentistry. He and his talented associate, Dr. Shayna Zalec, are proud to offer full mouth reconstruction as one of their many services. If you have questions about how our team can help you enjoy improved oral health in a manner that is as comfortable as possible, contact us at 920-499-2121.