Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction

Jun 4, 2019 @ 09:25 AM — by Steven Balloch, DDS

A man at the dentist's officeDental problems rarely come one at a time. We often face multiple dental problems at once. That’s why Dr. Steven M. Balloch offers advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures to patients in the Glastonbury, CT area. This includes smile makeover treatment, which combines multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures, as well as full mouth reconstruction, which involved multiple restorative procedures to enhance dental wellness.

Many patients ask us if a smile makeover or a full mouth reconstruction is better for them. Let’s compare these two types of procedures and cover what benefits they have for patients.

What Is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a type of cosmetic dentistry treatment that is designed to treat multiple aesthetic flaws that affect your smile. It’s a great treatment option for people whose cosmetic problems cannot be sufficiently address with a single dental procedure.

Problems a Smile Makeover Can Treat

Smile makeovers are a great treatment option for people who experience the following aesthetic flaws:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Dental stains
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Uneven teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Tooth gaps
  • Gummy smiles

Common Procedures in a Smile Makeover

Some common procedures in smile makeover treatments at our Glastonbury practice include:

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

What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

A full mouth reconstruction is a type of restorative dentistry treatment for people who suffer from complicated oral health and hygiene issues. This treatment is common for people who require extensive dental work, whether from injury or neglect. Without a full mouth reconstruction, these dental problems cannot be fully treated.

Problems a Full Mouth Reconstruction Can Treat

Full mouth reconstructions are an ideal treatment option for people who suffer from the following aesthetic flaws:

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth fractures
  • Root canal infections
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • TMJ disorders
  • Gum disease
  • Missing teeth

Common Procedures in a Full Mouth Reconstruction

Some common procedures in full mouth reconstruction treatments at our practice include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Inlays/onlays
  • Dental crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Periodontal care
  • Endodontic therapy
  • Tooth extractions
  • Oral surgery

Which Dental Treatment Is Right for Me?

Generally speaking, a smile makeover is a good option for patients who suffer from serious cosmetic flaws. Full mouth reconstructions, by contrast, are better for patients whose problems are the result of dental health problems. If your issues are predominantly cosmetic in nature with limited dental health impact, a smile makeover is better. If the situation is the reverse, a full mouth reconstruction is the better option to consider.

With all of this in mind, it’s important to note that smile makeovers can address some aspects of dental health, and full mouth reconstructions consider smile aesthetics when making improvements to dental wellness.

Consultations for Advanced Dental Care

During a consultation at our Glastonbury practice, we can determine if a smile makeover or a full mouth reconstruction is better for you. We will tailor the treatment to your needs and help you understand the benefits of all procedures used in the process.

Learn More About Advanced Dental Treatment

For more information about smile makeover treatment, full mouth reconstruction, and which might be right for you, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. Dr. Balloch and his team can be reached by phone at (860) 659-8660.

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