Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover

By Dr. Tim Simpson on January 22, 2019

A man smilingComplex dental problems will require a combination of procedures. Dentists have plenty of options when it comes to crafting multi-treatment procedures for patients. This typically means combining restorative dentistry procedures to enhance dental health and wellness (aka a full mouth reconstruction) or cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and gums (aka a smile makeover).

Experienced Abilene, TX dentist Dr. Tim Simpson would like to compare the smile makeover to the full mouth reconstruction so you understand how they work and which may be right for you.

About Smile Makeovers

A smile makeover refers to a combination of multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures that are designed to enhance the overall beauty of a person’s smile.

Problems a Smile Makeover Can Treat

A smile makeover can be used to address the following aesthetic problems that affect a person’s smile:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tooth gaps
  • Tooth asymmetry
  • Minor chips and cracks
  • Minor tooth misalignment
  • Gummy smiles

Common Procedures in a Smile Makeover

Some common procedures that are performed during a smile makeover include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Orthodontics
  • Gum contouring

About Full Mouth Reconstruction

A full mouth reconstruction refers to a combination of multiple restorative dentistry procedures that help improve a person’s overall dental health and wellness.

Problems a Full Mouth Reconstruction Can Treat

A full mouth reconstruction is a goo option for treating the following dental health issues:

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth fractures
  • Missing teeth
  • Root canal infections
  • Periodontal disease
  • Gum recession
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • TMJ disorders

Common Procedures in a Full Mouth Reconstruction

Some common procedures that dentists typically use during full mouth reconstruction include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Inlays/onlays
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Gum grafting
  • Endodontic therapy

When Is a Smile Makeover More Ideal?

A smile makeover is more ideal when a patient is suffering from cosmetic flaws that impact the aesthetics of their smile. This generally means that the patient does not have any pressing dental health issues present.

Keep in mind that dental wellness is an important part of cosmetic dentistry, but the smile makeover is focused more on improving the appearance of the smile rather than treating major dental problems that impact dental health.

When Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction More Ideal?

A full mouth reconstruction is more ideal when a patient has serious dental health problems that require multiple procedures to treat. This is usually a good option for people who have not undergone necessary dental treatment for months or even years.

The aesthetic aspects of a full mouth reconstruction cannot be understated, of course, particularly when patients have missing teeth replaced. However, the reconstruction process is better suited for fixing health issues rather than cosmetic ones per se.

Tailoring Treatments to the Patient

Whether you need a smile makeover or a full mouth reconstruction, we will make sure to tailor your treatment just for you. Different combinations of procedures will be considered to improve your dental health and enhance the appearance of your smile as well. We can discuss the right combination of procedures with you during the consultation process.

Learn More About Your Dental Treatment Options

For more information about your dental care options and how we can help you, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. Dr. Simpson and his team are here to help. You can reach our practice by phone, call (325) 677-6553.

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