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Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover By Stephen Dowell, DDS on August 20, 2019

When patients have multiple dental issues, they may feel like it is impossible to restore the health and beauty of the smile. Fortunately, full mouth reconstruction combines a series of restorative dentistry treatments to improve the health and function of the smile. When cosmetic issues are a concern, smile makeover treatment utilizes cosmetic dentistry treatments to enhance the appearance of the smile.

At Dowell Dental Group in Minerva, OH, dental practice, we discuss the differences between full mouth reconstruction vs. smile makeover to help patients understand which treatment plan may be best-suited to their unique dental needs.

Full Mouth Reconstruction Applications

Full mouth reconstruction is a completely customized treatment plan that combines restorative dentistry treatments to improve a patient’s oral health. Although each full mouth reconstruction treatment will vary, it is generally intended to address oral health complications or any issues that compromise the function of the smile. Full mouth reconstruction can treat:

  • Tooth decay
  • Acid erosion
  • Dental damage
  • Root canal infection
  • Periodontal disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Malocclusion problems

Full Mouth Reconstruction Procedures

Because full mouth reconstruction is personalized to the unique needs of each of our Minerva patients, treatment may involve any number of restorative dentistry treatments. Some treatments that are commonly included in full mouth reconstruction treatment include:

  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canal therapy
  • Tooth extraction
  • Dental implants
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Periodontal treatment

Smile Makeover Applications

Like full mouth reconstruction, smile makeover treatment is a personalized procedure that is tailored to the patient’s specific needs and concerns. The primary difference is that smile makeover treatment is generally meant to address dental issues that are cosmetic in nature, or those that compromise the appearance of the smile, such as:

  • Dental stains
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Excessive gum tissue
  • Gapped teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Superficial chips or cracks
  • Minor misalignment problems

Smile Makeover Procedures

To truly enhance the appearance of the smile, the smile makeover treatment plan will involve multiple cosmetic procedures. The exact combination of treatments will depend on each of our Minerva patient’s cosmetic goals. Cosmetic dentistry procedures that are frequently a part of smile makeover treatment include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Laser gum contouring
  • Snap-on Smile®
  • Invisalign®

Benefits of Full Mouth Reconstruction and Smile Makeover

Both full mouth reconstruction and smile makeover treatment plans allow us to address numerous dental flaws at once. With treatment, we can completely restore the strength, health, and beauty of the smile. These treatments benefit patients by allowing them to achieve their ideal smile in a single location, in the span of fewer dental appointments, and typically for less money than the combined cost of each individual treatment.

Learn More

If the health or aesthetics of your smile has been compromised by dental problems, we encourage you to contact our team at Dowell Dental Group to learn more about full mouth reconstruction and smile makeover. Or, to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists and find out which of these treatments may be right for you, call (330) 868-5001.


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