Some patients need more than one dental treatment to improve the health and appearance of the smile. For these patients, Dr. Bruce Treiber may recommend a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction.
Full mouth reconstruction focuses on restorative treatments that address dental problems. A smile makeover only involves the use of cosmetic treatments to improve the appearance of your smile.
Here, we discuss smile makeover vs. full mouth reconstruction. To find out which treatment plan is right for you, contact our Canton, OH practice.
What Is a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover combines multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures. The treatment plan addresses aesthetic flaws, such as gapped teeth, discolored teeth, or misshapen teeth.
By combining multiple procedures into one visit, patients can often save money while enjoying more dramatic results.
Common cosmetic treatments used during a smile makeover include:
- Dental crowns
- Teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental bonding
- Tooth-colored fillings to replace old metal fillings
When Is a Smile Makeover Needed?
When patients have cosmetic issues that do not require restorative treatments, meaning they do not adversely affect oral health, a smile makeover may be recommended.
Candidates should be in good oral health before undergoing a smile makeover. Candidates should also be willing to take care of their new prosthetics by avoiding habits and foods that may damage them.
A smile makeover can address:
- Gapped teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Worn-down teeth
While these procedures are cosmetic in nature, many patients will enjoy better oral health following a smile makeover because straight, even teeth are easier to clean.
What Is Full Mouth Restoration?
A full mouth reconstruction uses multiple procedures to restore oral health and function. While there can be cosmetic benefits to a full mouth restoration, the aim of this treatment plan is health-related.
A full mouth reconstruction can correct dental defects that were caused by years of neglectful oral hygiene, but candidates should resolve to avoid the habits that lead to dental problems in the first place.
Because some restorative procedures require weeks of recovery, combining multiple treatments into one visit can reduce overall recovery time.
Common restorative treatments used during full mouth reconstruction include:
- Dental implants
- Dental crowns
- Partial dentures
- Inlays and onlays
When Is Full Mouth Restoration Needed?
When dental problems interfere with a patient’s ability to bite, chew, or speak, full mouth restoration may be recommended. Left unaddressed, gum disease and damaged teeth can lead to more serious complications, including tooth loss.
Common problems that this form of comprehensive restoration can address include:
- Tooth loss
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Jawbone recession
- Fractured teeth
- Gum tissue recession
Learn More about Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
Just as every patient is unique, every patient’s oral health needs are unique. Dr. Treiber, who has more than 25 years of experience providing compassionate care, will take the time to examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone while listening to your goals.
By doing so, we aim to deliver the beautiful smile you deserve. If you are ready to learn more about the benefits of a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction, contact our office online or call (330) 478-4949.