Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction

Dec 28, 2018 @ 07:05 PM — by Sharon B. Mateja, D.D.S.

A woman smilingHaving a healthy and beautiful smile sometimes requires more than brushing and flossing regularly. If you suffer from numerous dental problems, Rancho Cucamonga, CA dentist Dr. Sharon B. Mateja can help. A full mouth reconstruction can work wonders for a patient’s dental health, while a smile makeover can treat cosmetic flaws of the teeth and gums.

We’d like to take a moment to compare the smile makeover to the full mouth reconstruction. We’ll note the differences in approach and why one treatment may be more ideal for you and your dental care needs.

About Smile Makeovers

A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures that are performed to enhance the appearance of a person’s smile. In such cases, the aesthetic concerns are too complicated for a single procedure to address.

Problems a Smile Makeover Can Treat

A smile makeover can be performed to address any combination of the following aesthetic flaws:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Chipped teeth
  • Tooth gaps
  • Uneven teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Asymmetrical teeth
  • Gummy smiles

Common Procedures in a Smile Makeover

Some common procedures in smile makeover treatments include:

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

The exact combination of procedures will depend on the needs of the patient.

About Full Mouth Reconstruction

A full mouth reconstruction is a combination of restorative dentistry procedures that are performed to improve the dental health and wellness of a patient. In these cases, the dental problems are too severe for a single restorative approach to prove effective.

Problems a Full Mouth Reconstruction Can Treat

A smile makeover can be performed to address any combination of the following dental health problems:

  • Fractured teeth
  • Root canal infection
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Jaw joint problems

Common Procedures in a Full Mouth Reconstruction

Some common procedures in full mouth reconstruction treatments include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Root canal
  • Dental implants
  • TMJ treatment

Like smile makeovers, the exact combination of procedures will depend on the needs of the patient.

When Is a Smile Makeover More Ideal?

A smile makeover tends to be more ideal when a person is experiencing predominantly cosmetic problems. The cosmetic dentistry procedures in smile makeovers are ideally designed to address aesthetic flaws.

When Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction More Ideal?

A full mouth reconstruction tends to be more ideal when a person has numerous health and wellness issues that impact their mouth. The restorative procedures (while they have a cosmetic component) are excellent at rebuilding tooth structure and preventing future health problems.

Tailoring Treatments to the Needs of Patients

When developing any sort of involved treatment plan, customization is key for success. That is why it’s so important to visit our practice for a consultation. During the visit, we can discuss all of your dental care needs in greater detail and go over which kind of treatment may be better for you.

Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

For more information about smile makeovers, full mouth reconstructions, and your many other options for advanced dental care, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. Dr. Mateja is here to help. You can reach our practice by phone at (909) 989-5959.

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