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Author: Dr. Francesco Mintrone

Full Mouth Rehabilitation Part 2 of 2: Esthetic Function


In the field of dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach that focuses on planning and implementing restorative treatments for cases involving implants and natural teeth. This two-part article series explores the different aspects of full mouth rehabilitation, with this second part delving into the importance of esthetic function. We will discuss the key elements involved in creating a successful treatment plan, including aesthetic analysis, soft tissue profile, and a case study that demonstrates the systematic analysis of a patient’s smile. Before delving into the esthetic aspects, it is crucial to highlight the initial steps of full mouth rehabilitation, such as periodontal evaluation and effective communication with the dental lab.

Aesthetic Analysis

The aesthetic analysis plays a pivotal role in creating a future restoration plan for full mouth rehabilitation. It involves analyzing various factors, including the location of the incisor edge, lip trends, and tooth proportions. These components contribute to the overall harmony and balance of a patient’s smile. By understanding these elements, dental professionals can develop a treatment plan that enhances both the esthetics and function of the patient’s teeth.

Locating the Incisor Edge

One of the key aspects of aesthetic analysis is locating the incisor edge. This refers to the position where the incisors meet the lip. The ideal position of the incisor edge varies depending on several factors, such as gender, age, and facial structure. By accurately determining the proper position, dentists can ensure that the patient’s smile appears natural and aesthetically pleasing.

Lip Trends and Tooth Proportions

Lips play a vital role in framing a smile, and analyzing lip trends is crucial in full mouth rehabilitation. Different lip positions, such as full, medium, or thin lips, can influence the proportions of the teeth visible during a smile. Furthermore, tooth proportions play a significant role in achieving an aesthetically pleasing smile. Dental professionals carefully consider the width-to-length ratio of the patient’s teeth to create a natural-looking result.

Ideal Soft Tissue Profile

The soft tissue profile refers to the shape and contour of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. Achieving an ideal soft tissue profile is essential in full mouth rehabilitation as it directly impacts the arch of passive Centric and active Centric, leading to functional chewing and a beautiful smile. The soft tissue profile acts as a foundation for both esthetic and functional outcomes.

Case Study: Daisy

To illustrate the systematic analysis involved in full mouth rehabilitation, let’s consider the case study of Daisy. Daisy presented with various dental concerns, including a lack of central incisor display, diastema (gaps between teeth), deep bite, and spaces in the back. Through a comprehensive evaluation, dental professionals were able to develop a personalized treatment plan to address these issues effectively.

Lack of Central Incisor Display

Daisy’s smile lacked the display of her central incisors, which significantly affected the overall esthetics. The treatment plan involved developing an orthodontic strategy to create sufficient space for the central incisors to be properly displayed.


Diastema, or gaps between teeth, is a common dental concern. In Daisy’s case, there were gaps between her front teeth that compromised the harmonious appearance of her smile. Dental professionals used various techniques, such as composite bonding or porcelain veneers, to close these gaps and create a more cohesive smile.

Deep Bite

Daisy also had a deep bite, where her upper front teeth covered a significant portion of her lower front teeth. This condition not only affected the esthetics but also potential functional issues. The treatment plan for her deep bite involved orthodontic interventions to correct the malocclusion and achieve proper alignment.

Spaces in the Back

In addition to the front teeth concerns, Daisy had spaces between her back teeth. These spaces needed to be addressed to ensure proper chewing functionality and overall dental health. Dental professionals utilized various restorative techniques, such as dental bridges or implants, to fill these spaces effectively.

Periodontal Evaluation and Communication with the Lab

Before initiating the full mouth rehabilitation process, a periodontal evaluation is crucial. Periodontal health plays a significant role in the success of the treatment plan, as a healthy foundation ensures long-term stability. Dental professionals assess the health of the gums and surrounding tissues to identify any underlying periodontal issues that need to be addressed. Communication with the dental lab is another key aspect of full mouth rehabilitation. The dental lab works closely with the dental team to fabricate customized restorations that meet the patient’s unique needs. Effective communication ensures a seamless workflow and enables the lab technicians to create restorations that are both functional and esthetically pleasing.


Full mouth rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach that integrates restorative treatments for cases involving implants and natural teeth. The aesthetic function of the rehabilitation process is of utmost importance in achieving a beautiful smile and functional chewing. By considering factors such as the aesthetic analysis, ideal soft tissue profile, and through case analysis, dental professionals can develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses each patient’s unique needs.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: How long does full mouth rehabilitation usually take? Q2: What is the cost of full mouth rehabilitation? Q3: Can full mouth rehabilitation fix all dental concerns? Q4: Is full mouth rehabilitation painful? Q5: What are the alternatives to full mouth rehabilitation for dental restoration?

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