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Reconstructive dentistry refers to the set of procedures designed to replace missing teeth, repair damaged teeth, correct improperly seated jaw joints and faulty bites, address jawbone and gum damage, replace worn-out dental work, and, in some cases, treat diseases of the mouth.
Each of these reconstructive procedures may be performed independently, but when multiple oral health problems exist, full mouth reconstruction may be advised. Also known as full mouth restoration, full mouth reconstruction can include any combination of the following:
The human mouth comprises many tissues, both soft and hard. Soft tissues include the gums, tongue, inner cheeks, and lips. Hard tissues include the teeth and jawbone. There are also connective tissues that hold the various structures of the mouth together, as well as nerves and blood vessels. The relationship between the upper and lower teeth and their relationship with the jaw joints are referred to as occlusion, or the bite. The healthy functioning of the human mouth depends on all of these systems working together in harmony. When all components do not work together in balance, oral health becomes compromised.