Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover

By William Stofer on January 25, 2019

A woman smilingMost people suffer from multiple dental problems rather than just one. To properly address a patient’s dental health concerns, combining treatments may be necessary. That is where smile makeovers and full mouth reconstructions come into play. A smile makeover can enhance the appearance of a patient’s smile, while a full mouth reconstruction can improve a person’s dental health and wellness. Dr. Bill Stofer offers both at his Warsaw, IN cosmetic and restorative dentistry center.

The team at Dental Solutions would like to take a moment to consider the differences between full mouth reconstructions and smile makeovers. This should help you learn the basics and determine which one may be more ideal for you.

What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

A full mouth reconstruction is a combination of general dentistry and restorative dentistry procedures that are designed to improve a patient’s dental health and wellness.

Usually the full mouth reconstruction is considered when one or two procedures alone are not enough to address the needs of the patient. This may be due to long-term neglect, poor oral hygiene, failure to visit the dentist regularly, or trauma to the face and mouth.

Problems That a Full Mouth Reconstruction Can Treat

A full mouth reconstruction is an effective means of addressing the following kinds of dental health problems:

  • Tooth decay
  • Fractured teeth
  • Enamel erosion
  • Root canal infection
  • Periodontal disease
  • Gum recession
  • Missing teeth
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • TMJ disorders

Common Procedures in a Full Mouth Reconstruction

To treat the above dental health issues, it’s not uncommon for a dentist to use the following restorative and general dentistry procedures:

  • Dental fillings
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Dental crowns
  • Endodontic therapy
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Gum grafting
  • Oral surgery

What Is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures that are designed to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. The advanced aesthetic approach to dentistry focuses on the teeth and gums and how they complement a patient’s appearance.

Since very few people are born with perfect smiles, the smile makeover is designed to remedy common flaws that affect people’s smiles, whether due to genetics, trauma, or normal wear and tear.

Problems That a Smile Makeover Can Treat

Some problems that a smile makeover is best able to treat includes:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Minor chips
  • Small cracks
  • Tooth gaps
  • Crooked teeth
  • Smile asymmetry
  • Gummy smiles

Common Procedures in a Smile Makeover

To address the problems noted above, a dentist may incorporate the following treatments into your smile makeover.

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Tooth-colored restorations
  • Gum contouring
  • Orthodontics

Creating a Treatment Plan Just for the Patient

As you can see, there are many combinations of treatments that can be used during a smile makeover and a full mouth reconstruction. For optimal results, it’s important that the treatment be completely tailored to the needs of the patient.

If you would like to improve your dental health or enhance the appearance of your smile, it’s important that you visit our practice for a consultation. During this visit, we can answer your questions and address your concerns about the right dentistry treatments for your needs.

Contact a Cosmetic and Restorative Dentist

For more information about smile makeovers, full mouth reconstruction, and how they can benefit you, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. The Dental Solutions team is here to help you make the right choices regarding your dental health and wellness. You can reach our practice by phone at (574) 269-1199.

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