Smiles For Life

Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction

By Dr. Dan Whiting on December 24, 2018

Patient in the dentist's office looking at her smileWhen it comes to treating major dental problems, one procedure alone is rarely enough. That is why dentists offer smile makeovers for cosmetic needs and full mouth reconstruction for dental health problems. Dr. Joe McIntyre, Dr. Dan Whiting, Dr. Kelsey Rockey, and Dr. Bryant Ash have helped countless people in the greater Harrisonburg, VA area have healthier mouths and better smiles thanks to these two treatment options.

The team here at Smiles For Life would like to compare the smile makeover to the full mouth reconstruction. We’ll note difference, ideal candidates, and what dental care treatments typically comprise each of these advanced approaches to dentistry.

About Smile Makeovers

A smile makeover is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that enhances the aesthetics of a person’s mouth. Combining multiple cosmetic treatments allows a person’s teeth and gums to look their best.

Common Procedures in a Smile Makeover

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

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

Other procedures may be used as well, but these cosmetic dentistry treatments tend to be the ideal starting place for great results.

When Is a Smile Makeover More Ideal?

A smile makeover is most ideal for patients dealing with predominantly cosmetic problems. This could include dental stains and discoloration, slightly chipped or cracked teeth, minor dental misalignments, and gummy smiles.

About Full Mouth Reconstruction

A full mouth reconstruction is a restorative dentistry treatment that address health and wellness problems that negatively impact dental health. Combining multiple restorative procedures is an ideal way to address major issues with the teeth, gums, jawbone, and other structures of the mouth.

Common Procedures in a Full Mouth Reconstruction

Some common treatments that are performed during a full mouth reconstruction include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Inlays/onlays
  • Dental crowns
  • Gum grafting
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Root canal

Other more advanced procedures may be used as well, but these restorative dentistry treatments are a common starting place for advanced dental care treatments.

When Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction More Ideal?

A full mouth reconstruction is most ideal for patients who have major health issues that cause pain, discomfort, or difficulty biting and chewing. This could involve anything from tooth decay, severe tooth fractures, gum disease, root canal infections, tooth loss, and TMJ disorders.

Custom Dental Treatment for Your Needs

As you can see, smile makeovers and full mouth reconstructions are highly customizable. Since no two patients are quite the same, no two procedures are the same. This is why it’s so important to visit our practice for a consultation. We can determine the right approach to address your dental needs, and go over various procedures that will help you smile with greater health and/or confidence.

Contact an Experienced Dentist

If you would like to learn more about smile makeovers, full mouth reconstruction, and other advanced dental care treatments, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. We at Smiles For Life are here to help. You can reach our Bridgewater office at (540) 208-5911 and our Staunton office at (540) 887-3304.

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