So what I'm gonna do is just now talk to you about probably the most complex thing we do in cosmetic dentistry, and that's actually a full mouth reconstruction. And there's a lot of reasons that we do a full mouth reconstruction, so I'm gonna give a lot of information as we talk.
The first thing is, why do we do a full mouth reconstruction? Well, a full mouth reconstruction is done because there's been a tremendous amount of wear, tear, or damage to the mouth. Our face is supported by our skeletal system, and our teeth are part of that skeletal system. If our teeth are damaged or shortened through wear, tear, or even trauma, the lower third of our face is no longer adequately supported to help the facial aesthetics. If you've ever seen someone who had dentures who took them out, and their face kind of collapsed, their lips go in, that's because the skin of their face is no longer supported by the skeletal system that the teeth are part of. It's counterintuitive, but actually doing a full mouth reconstruction is also very conservative, and I know that sounds like, "Woah, wait, we're doing a lot of dentistry but it's conservative. That doesn't make sense."
But the reality is that the goal of doing that rehabilitation is to actually put back the tooth that has been worn or lost,once again through wear, tear, attrition, or trauma. So a lot of the dentistry that we can do by rebuilding the smile is actually additive, whereas if we don't rebuild that, that support, then we actually have to take extra tooth away to fix the tooth. So if the tooth is already small and I'm taking even more tooth away because I'm not fixing the problem, it's actually more detrimental to your tooth than doing more dentistry. So I know that's a little counterintuitive, but it's actually the most conservative way to fix a lot of the problems that you have.
Full mouth reconstruction is a process where we treat at a minimum, at least one of the arches, usually one arch but sometimes it's both. Sometimes we have to do all the teeth in the mouth because that's where the problems lies. The goal with that is to reconstruct the chewing system back to where Mother Nature intended it to be. What we see is is that as people wear down, one tooth will start to wear, which causes another tooth to start to touch, and now it's wearing, and so it's a snowball effect. You start getting more and more and more wear and it just gets accelerating, goes faster and faster and faster. We can stop that process. We can halt the damage and rebuild the system the way it's supposed to be so that you can have a functioning mouth that's not gonna continue down the path that you are.
The other thing that's really important is to understand is that this isn't something everyone knows how to do. It's not something that's taught in dental schools. I actually have taught this process in post-graduate courses for years to dentists all over the country, so it's important to understand not every dentist can do this and they shouldn't be doing it. Come to someone who knows what they're doing, has done it before, has taught other dentists how to do it, because it's a very complicated process and there's a lot of pieces to making it all work correctly.