Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover By Dr. John Goodman on January 22, 2019

A woman smilingIf you suffer from complication dental problems, Dr. John P. Goodman is here to help. The team at his Kansas City, MO cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice offers the latest procedures that are designed to restore the appearance of your smile and overall dental wellness.

Patients have options at our practice: a smile makeover can help with complicated cosmetic dentistry needs, while a full mouth reconstruction can address serious dental health problems. Let’s compare the two options and determine which might be best for you.

What Is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover refers to a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures that is used to improve the aesthetics of the teeth and gums. The primary aim of smile makeovers is to enhance the beauty of a person’s smile.

What Problems Can a Smile Makeover Fix?

Smile makeovers can fix the following cosmetic problems:

  • Dental stains/tooth discoloration
  • Slightly chipped and cracked teeth
  • Tooth gaps and spacing issues
  • Crooked teeth and smile asymmetry
  • Gummy smiles

What Treatments Are Common in a Smile Makeover?

While each smile makeover is different, some of the most common cosmetic procedures used in a smile makeover include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Orthodontic care
  • Gum reshaping

When Is a Smile Makeover Most Ideal?

A smile makeover is most ideal when a person suffers from serious aesthetic flaws that affect their smile. Some dental health issues may be addressed through a smile makeover, but the main focus is aesthetics rather than restoring overall dental wellness.

What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

A full mouth reconstruction refers to a combination of general and restorative dentistry procedures that are used to improve a person’s overall dental health. Ensuring good dental health is the primary aim of the full mouth reconstruction.

What Problems Can a Full Mouth Reconstruction Fix?

A full mouth reconstruction can fix the following dental problems:

  • Fractured teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Acidic erosion
  • Tooth loss
  • Periodontal disease
  • Gum recession
  • Bone loss
  • Root canal infection
  • TMJ disorders (TMD)
  • Teeth grinding

What Treatments Are Common in a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Even though each full mouth reconstruction is carefully customized to the patient, some of the most common procedures during treatment include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Dental crowns
  • Tooth extraction
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Implant dentistry
  • Endodontic therapy
  • Orthodontics

When Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction Most Ideal?

A full mouth reconstruction is most ideal when a person suffers from major dental health problems that a traditional checkup cannot treat. Usually this is due to neglect, poor oral hygiene, or trauma to the face/mouth. Some cosmetic problems can be treated through a full mouth reconstruction, but the main goal is improving the health of the teeth, gums, and jaw.

Tailoring Dentistry Procedures to the Patient

Each patient is different, which is why we will take time to carefully tailor the procedure to the needs of our patients. Combining cosmetic and restorative procedures for a hybrid between smile makeovers and full month reconstructions is possible. We can discuss that in more detail during an in-person consultation.

Learn More About Advanced Dentistry Treatments

To learn more about smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction treatment, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. Dr. Goodman and his team are here to help. You can reach our office by phone at (816) 842-8585.

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