Ever Wonder What Full Mouth Rehabilitation is Like?

Ever look in the mirror and wish you could change the way your smile looks?

We all do.

At Rule Dentistry, your Gurnee dentist has a solution for you: Full Mouth Rehabilitation. It involves restoring the teeth, bite, and muscles back to a natural-looking and youthful-feeling condition, thereby improving overall self-esteem! Using computerized technology and an artistic eye, full mouth restoration may be the answer to many problems, such as heat-sensitive teeth, sore jaw muscles, and recurring headaches.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation in Gurnee, IL

Wondering if Full Mouth Rehabilitation is for you? Take a look into the journey of one of our wonderful patients, Lisa, who is excited with her new look and feel of her smile!

Photo of Lisa an actual Full Mouth Rehabilitation patient of Dr. Bradley Rule.

On March 2009, Lisa, age 45 from Round Lake Illinois was researching on the internet for a TMJ/Neuromuscular dentist and found us!

Here is a summary of what happened next:

  • She had 4 molars (2 lower right, 2 lower left) extracted in 2008 after having a root canal treatment on all teeth without relief. Teeth were deemed non-restorable and remaining teeth had extensive wear.
  • Lisa then developed TMJ pain with headaches, neck, and shoulder pain to the collapsed occlusion, or bite.
  • On April 2009, Dr. Rule recommended a removable Orthotic to establish a harmonious relationship among the entire system that controls the positioning and function of the jaw-teeth, muscles, and joints, resulting in a jaw position that is called Neuromuscular Occlusion. (Quick Fact: An Orthotic is fabricated to be worn to reposition the bite temporarily to alleviate pain symptoms associate with TMD, or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.

“It was so worth it.” – Lisa

  • On May 2010, Dr. Rule referred Lisa to an Oral Surgeon we trust for surgical placement of dental implants on the lower left tooth #18 and #19 sites and lower right tooth #30 and #31 sites.
  • On July 2010, Dr. Rule then referred to an Orthodontist for evaluation and orthodontic treatment which lasted for 2 years.  Braces were removed on April 2012 and Lisa was released to move forward with restorative dentistry.
  • On May 2012, the full mouth reconstruction was started with the upper arch. Tooth preparations were done of all the teeth, followed by impressions for crowns and temporaries placed.  A lower arch bonded orthotic was placed to stabilize and maintain the neuromuscular occlusion. While in the provisionals, Dr. Rule worked out any interference in the bite.  Once the permanent crowns were cemented the bite was refined and the patient was re-evaluated by the Orthodontist.

photo of Lisa who had wondered what is full mouth rehabilitation?

  • On May 2013, the lower arch was prepped, impressions were taken and temporized.
  • Following the cementation of the permanent crowns and placement of the implant crowns the bite was refined.
  • Lisa was then referred back to the Orthodontist for new final retainers

Lisa with her Granddaughter smiling after receiving full mouth rehabilitation

Today, Lisa is functioning with proper neuromuscular occlusion and loves her beautiful smile! Wonder what it would be like for you? Give us a call at 847-662-7717 and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions.


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