If you have spent much time in a dental office, you may have heard the terms smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction. These treatments sound similar, and are often used interchangeably. However, there are certain, distinct differences between the two; one involves restorative procedures, while one uses treatments in cosmetic dentistry to achieve your goals.
Today, Dr. Thomas Tang and our Brookfield, WI dental team explore smile makeover vs. full mouth reconstruction so you can be well-informed about your treatment options.
About Smile Makeovers
Even if you have excellent oral hygiene, there may be a few aesthetic aspects of your smile you wish to improve. A smile makeover combines multiple cosmetic procedures to enhance the appearance of your teeth and gums.
Who Qualifies for a Smile Makeover?
Candidates for a smile makeover should have healthy teeth and gums, and should be committed to practicing proper oral hygiene.
Tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other serious dental problems should be addressed before pursuing any cosmetic treatments. Furthermore, qualifying patients should have a full understanding of the procedures, and reasonable expectations of treatment.
What Treatments Are Included in a Smile Makeover?
Every patient who walks through our door has his or her own unique aesthetic goals. As a result, no two smile makeovers will be the same. Those who opt for this treatment will choose two or more cosmetic procedures, which may include:
- Cosmetic bonding: Composite resin material can be applied to conceal chips, cracks, craze lines, and stubborn discoloration.
- Porcelain veneers: These custom-crafted shells of medical-grade ceramic can camouflage a wide range of cosmetic concerns, such as fractures, chips, discoloration, and even slight misalignment.
- Tooth-colored fillings: Many of our patients opt to replace their old silver fillings with tooth-colored composite restorations for a more natural look.
- CEREC® porcelain crowns: Made in our office while you wait, CEREC porcelain crowns can be color-matched to your surrounding teeth.
- Teeth whitening: Dentist-supervised whitening can dramatically lighten the shade of your teeth.
- Invisalign®: This alternative to metal braces straightens the teeth using removeable, clear thermoplastic trays.
About Full Mouth Reconstruction
Like a smile makeover, full mouth reconstruction combines two or more procedures with the same goal in mind. However, the primary objective of this treatment is to improve oral health and function through restorative dentistry.
Who Qualifies for Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Those with significant or multiple oral health concerns typically qualify for full mouth reconstruction. Candidates may have extensive decay, gum disease, infection, or a combination of all of these. Eligible patients must also be committed to regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene in order to preserve their investment and overall health.
What Treatments Are Included in Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction is restorative in nature. Those who choose this treatment can combine two or more procedures, such as:
- Fillings: Small cavities can be repaired using composite fillings, which strengthen the tooth and help prevent further damage.
- Dental crowns: Larger cavities can be addressed with dental crowns. These restorations can also reinforce a tooth weakened by damage or breakage.
- Bridges: Are you missing one to three teeth in a row? A dental bridge can span the gap in your smile and support proper bite function.
- Dental implants: These tiny titanium posts restore missing teeth roots, and can support crowns, bridges, or dentures to complete your smile.
- Root canal treatment: This procedure is necessary when bacteria invade the innermost layer of a tooth. By removing infection, we can treat the problem and help prevent future issues.
- Periodontal therapy: Oral bacteria can irritate the gingiva, resulting in red, tender, swollen gums. Periodontal therapy can eliminate infection and improve oral health.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment
Whether you need restorative or cosmetic work, Dr. Tang can help. Schedule a visit at our practice to explore your treatment options. Call us at (262) 821-1000 or contact us online.