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April 2, 2024

What to Expect from Full Mouth Reconstruction Recovery

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Is your smile in need of multiple treatments to restore its brilliance? Consider a full mouth reconstruction, a comprehensive plan involving various procedures aimed at rejuvenating your gums and teeth. It’s particularly beneficial for individuals with significant dental or periodontal issues. If you’re contemplating a full mouth reconstruction, discover what to expect during the recovery phase for the different procedures involved.

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings fix cavities and small damage quickly, often in a single visit. You might feel a bit sore in the treated area afterward, so avoid hard or chewy foods. Until you’re comfortable eating normally, use the other side of your mouth to chew.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns fix big cavities and badly damaged teeth. They can also fix discoloration and misshapen teeth. Your teeth will be reshaped to fit the crowns properly, so eat soft foods for a few days afterward to avoid soreness. Any discomfort should go away within two or three days.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is necessary to save an infected tooth. It involves removing the pulp, cleaning, and filling the tooth. A crown or filling is then placed to seal and protect the tooth. After the procedure, you may have minor swelling, slight bleeding, and some soreness. Eat soft foods and take Tylenol as needed for discomfort. Side effects typically fade within 3-5 days.

Tooth Extractions

Your dentist aims to preserve your teeth, but sometimes extractions are necessary. Recovery usually takes a few days. To manage discomfort, you can use over-the-counter pain medication, rinse with salt water, or apply a cold compress. Tooth replacement will be part of your treatment plan after extractions.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great option for missing teeth, as they replace the entire tooth structure. They’re surgically inserted into the jawbone and take four to six months to fuse with it. After the procedure, stick to soft foods and rest. You might have some swelling, bleeding, bruising, and mild pain. Your dentist may suggest taking ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain relievers to ease any discomfort.


Dentures offer a great solution for missing teeth, replacing the entire tooth structure, not just the crown. They come in various types: partial, full, and implant.

Partial dentures are customized to replace consecutive or nonconsecutive missing teeth. They have replacement teeth set in a gum-colored base with metal attachments that grip onto your remaining teeth.

Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, resting on your gums and held in place by suction or adhesive for speaking and eating support. Implant dentures use dental implants for added stability. Titanium posts serve as tooth roots, anchoring the denture securely. They look and feel natural and can last for decades with proper care.

Regardless of which procedures you’re considering, it’s important to understand the procedures and what to expect during recovery. Your dentist can provide personalized guidance to ensure the best outcome for your oral health!

About the Practice

Dr. James Olsen and his team in Ann Arbor are committed to providing a great office experience for every patient. They specialize in personalized dental care, ensuring treatments fit your needs, schedule, and budget. If you need extensive dental work, they offer a range of full mouth reconstruction treatments and can guide you through the process and recovery. To learn more or schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Olsen’s office at (734) 996-0200 or visit his website.

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