Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction: Which One Is Right for Me?
By Ann R. Sielicki, DDS on February 25, 2018
Smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction are two comprehensive dental treatments that address multiple problems with the teeth and/or gums. Although the two treatments often include some of the same procedures, they are performed with very different objectives in mind.
In this blog post, the team at Sonoran Dental Design explains the differences between the two treatments.
Full Mouth Reconstruction: Necessary to Restore Oral Health
Full mouth reconstruction is a restorative dental treatment that is considered to be necessary to restore oral health and proper function to the teeth, gums and jaw. Dental fillings are used to repair cavities while procedures like dental crowns and bridges are often included in full mouth reconstruction to repair decayed or damaged teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can restore normal chewing, eating and speaking, and relieve chronic jaw or facial pain caused by bite problems. Full mouth reconstruction can also include periodontal care to prevent or treat gum disease. Numerous studies have shown that gum disease is linked to certain serious health conditions including heart disease and diabetes.
Smile Makeover: An Elective Cosmetic Treatment
Smile makeover is a cosmetic treatment that is performed solely to improve the aesthetics of the smile. Ideal candidates for smile makeover are individuals with good oral health who wish to improve the appearance of their teeth. One of the most popular cosmetic procedures included in smile makeover is in-office teeth whitening, which uses a professional-grade whitener to safely and quickly lighten teeth up to eight shades. Porcelain veneers and bonding are used to conceal minor chips, cracks and spaces in the smile. When appropriate, dental crowns can be used to restore normal appearance to teeth. Smile makeover can also include tooth reshaping to create a more seamless and uniform smile.
Before performing your smile makeover, your dentist will evaluate the health and function of your teeth and gums. If a dental issue is detected, it will need to be addressed prior to your smile makeover.
The only way to determine whether full mouth reconstruction or smile makeover is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our team. To contact us, please call Sonoran Dental Design at (480) 419-9595 today.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily