4/30/2020

Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on August 20, 2019


Woman with an attractive, healthy looking smileWhen 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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