Why Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Many people have an extensive wish list for their teeth. Those who have many teeth that are broken, missing, or otherwise damaged may wish to have those fixed or replaced with artificial teeth. Those whose teeth are severely discolored may wish for whiter teeth, those whose teeth are uneven may wish for them to be straightened, and those with gaps between teeth may wish for the gaps to be filled. Those who have headaches or jaw pain from a misaligned bite may want their bite fixed so they can live pain-free. And there are many people who fit into more than one of these categories. These people are candidates for full mouth restoration.
In full mouth restoration, a dentist evaluates your mouth (including teeth, gums, and jaw) and determines which procedures would be of benefit to you. Then you go through a series of dental procedures designed to get your smile from its current state to your perfect smile — straight, white, even teeth, with no gaps. You may be thinking that this sounds extremely expensive, but you don’t have to give up on the idea of a perfect smile.
The total cost for a full mouth reconstruction varies depending on the exact procedures that are necessary for that patient. Costs of over $10,000 are not uncommon, and costs of $50,000 and even higher are possible. Here are some of the procedures that are often included in full mouth reconstruction. For the cost of each procedure, please visit the individual cost pages; this may give you some idea of how much your full mouth reconstruction may cost, but you’ll need to consult with your dentist to know for sure which procedures will be involved. Diagnostic procedures, including X-rays, will almost certainly be needed as part of the process. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list; other procedures (such as root canals and jaw repositioning surgery) may also be needed.
Braces (Traditional or Clear Braces)
Dentures (full or partial)
Dental work can be anxiety-provoking. And looking at having a whole series of dental procedures for full mouth reconstruction, you might feel even more anxious. Rest assured that you’ll receive adequate pain control throughout any procedure that may cause pain. If you still feel anxious, Sedation Dentistry may be an option for you.
These costs are only averages; they vary by region and by individual dentist, so you should check with the dentist(s) you’re considering to determine their exact fee for the procedures. Ask what’s included in that fee, to make sure you aren’t surprised by extra costs when you get the bill later.
Will Insurance Cover It?
Some of the procedures in your full mouth reconstruction may be covered by dental insurance. In general, insurance will cover any procedure that has a structural or functional benefit, but not those that are done for purely cosmetic reasons. You should call your insurance company to determine your coverage, or ask for help from the staff at the dental office; they’re used to dealing with insurance companies and can help you accurately determine your coverage.
Medical insurance typically does not cover dentistry at all. You need to have a separate dental insurance plan to cover dental care.
To many people, paying thousands of dollars up front seems impossible. However, if you don’t already have the money saved, you have many options available for financing. In some cases, dentists offer financing plans for their patients. You can also get a medical credit card or other credit card, often with an attractive introductory interest rate; a medical loan, personal loan, or home equity loan from your bank; a loan from your 401(k); or loans or gifts from family and friends. Even if your credit isn’t great, you’d be surprised how many options you have. For more details about the financing options for your procedure, check out our Dentistry Financing page.