If your teeth are in bad shape, you may wonder if it's too late to do anything about it. You may have avoided the dentist for financial reasons or because of dental anxiety, and now many of your teeth are decayed. A dentist can probably find a way to restore your teeth so you can chew normally again and so your smile looks attractive. Here are some types of dental work you may need with full-mouth rehab.

Dental Implants

If any of your teeth are decayed, your dentist might recommend dental implants. Implants can support bridges or dentures so you don't need to get an implant for every tooth. The dentist has to pull all of your bad teeth first to allow the denture or bridge to fit. Then implants are placed in your jaw and connected to a single crown, bridge, full arch, or denture. Implants replace your real teeth so all the decay is gone and you have teeth the shade of white you desire.

Root Canal

If you've been having toothaches, you might have an infected tooth. When that happens, you could need a root canal. It's even possible you'll need multiple root canals to save your teeth. A root canal procedure cleans the infection out of the root of your tooth. When that's done, your tooth may need to be topped with a crown if a filling isn't a suitable option for repairing a cavity in the tooth.

Traditional Bridge

A full-mouth rehab often consists of a mix of dental treatments. You might need treatment for gum disease, fillings, extractions, crowns, and bridges. A bridge fills a gap in your teeth, and there needs to be a healthy tooth or a restored tooth on each side of the gap to hold the bridge in place. If you have too many bad teeth, a traditional bridge might not be possible.


Veneers can be used in full-mouth rehab because they change the outer appearance of your teeth. If your front teeth are slightly twisted or have chips, the dentist might consider putting veneers on them. Veneers can change the length and shape of your teeth and brighten their color. Your teeth have to be healthy first, but just in need of cosmetic improvement.

The first step in full-mouth rehab is to get an evaluation from a dentist. They will determine which of your teeth can be saved and which ones need to be pulled. They'll create a treatment plan that might span a period of several months so you can complete the work in stages. For more information on full-mouth rehab, contact a professional near you.