Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction

Danny O'Keefe D.D.S. May 1, 2019

A woman at a dentist's officeSometimes a single dental procedure is not enough to treat the problem you experience. In these cases, Dr. Danny O’Keefe usually recommends a smile makeover, which combines cosmetic dentistry procedures, or a full mouth reconstruction, which combines restorative dentistry procedures. Both of these options are ideal ways to treat major dental problems through the use of multiple treatments.

The team at our Jackson, MS cosmetic and restorative dentistry center would like to compare these two procedures. We’ll note the benefits of each and help determine which one might be right for you.

About Smile Makeovers

A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures that is designed to treat the aesthetic flaws of the smile. This means cosmetic enhancement of the teeth and gums, and an improved sense of self-confidence when laughing, speaking, and smiling.

Good Candidates for Smile Makeovers

Good candidates for a smile makeover are people who suffer from serious cosmetic issues that affect their smile. While some health problems can be addressed by a smile makeover, the procedure is predominantly for cosmetic problems. Generally, smile makeovers are done to treat minor chips and cracks, tooth discoloration, gummy smiles, tooth gaps, and other issues with aesthetics.

During the consultation at our Jackson dental practice, we will assess the various flaws affecting the teeth and gums and determine what treatments are required.

Common Treatments in a Smile Makeover

Some of the most common cosmetic procedures used in a smile makeover include:

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

The exact combination of treatments will vary from patient to patient.

About Full Mouth Reconstruction

A full mouth reconstruction is a combination of general and restorative dentistry procedures. Full mouth reconstructions are designed to address major dental health issue that impact the health and wellness of a person’s mouth. By addressing these health issues, patients will experience better overall wellness.

Good Candidates for Full Mouth Reconstruction

Good candidates for full mouth reconstruction are people who suffer from serious health issues that affect the teeth and gums. This may include tooth decay, periodontal disease, gum recession, severe tooth fractures, tooth loss, and root canal infections. For most patients, multiple treatments are required to improve dental health.

Full mouth reconstructions can be helpful for people who suffer from dental phobia, and who’ve avoided dental visits for a long period of time. The full mouth reconstruction is a means of treating advanced dental health problems.

Common Treatments in a Full Mouth Reconstruction

Some of the most common cosmetic procedures used in a full mouth reconstruction include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Inlays/onlays
  • Dental crowns
  • Tooth extraction
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Endodontic therapy

Some cosmetic procedures may be incorporated into the full mouth reconstruction to improve the look of the smile.

Which Treatment Option Is Right for Me?

Each patient is different, which is why we tailor all of the cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures at our Jackson practice to the patient. Generally speaking, though, people who suffer from cosmetic dental problems are best helped by smile makeover treatment, while a full mouth reconstruction tend to be best for people suffering from complicated dental health issues.

Contact Our Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry Center

To learn more about smile makeovers, full mouth reconstruction, and your many other options for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. Dr. Danny O’Keefe can be reached by phone at (601) 936-2526.

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