Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction: A Comparison

By J. Brent Gorrell on April 02, 2019

Female patient undergoing dental evaluationWhen multiple dental issues are present, patients can combine several procedures to achieve the desired results. There are a couple different options, depending on your oral health goals. Smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction are two terms that are often used interchangeably. However, they are quite different; one utilizes restorative procedures while one involves cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Today, our Mountain View, CA dental team talks about smile makeover vs. full mouth reconstruction, outlining the similarities and differences between the two.

Restored Health and Function with Full Mouth Reconstruction

Many of our patients come to us with ongoing or multiple dental problems. Cavities, gum disease, TMJ issues, and other types of damage can seriously compromise your oral health.

Full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive treatment that combines two or more restorative procedures. The main objective of full mouth reconstruction is to restore optimal health and bite function.

Do I Qualify for Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Virtually anyone with numerous oral health issues can qualify for full mouth reconstruction. For example, some patients may need a few fillings and a couple of crowns, while others may require more complex treatment, such as full-arch replacement with dental implants.

No matter what your restorative needs, we can help. Dr. Gorrell and our team will never judge you or lecture you about your oral health. Our goal is to give you the tools you need to restore and preserve your smile.

What Procedures Are Included in Full Mouth Reconstruction?

No two full mouth reconstructions are the same, because every patient is unique. This treatment can involve two or more restorative procedures, which may include:

  • Composite fillings
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures

Aesthetic Enhancement with a Smile Makeover

A smile makeover can enhance the appearance of your teeth and gums. Like full mouth reconstruction, a smile makeover combines two or more procedures, but the primary goal of this treatment is aesthetics. Therefore, this treatment involves cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Am I a Candidate for a Smile Makeover?

To qualify for a smile makeover, patients should not have gum disease, tooth decay, or any other dental issues that could hinder the results of treatment. If restorative procedures are necessary, they must be performed prior to your smile makeover.

Additionally, patients should be able to communicate their cosmetic goals, and should have realistic expectations of treatment. During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Gorrell can let you know if you are eligible for a smile makeover.

What Procedures Are Included in a Smile Makeover?

Like all procedures performed at our practice, each smile makeover is tailored to the specific needs of the patient. This treatment may include two or more of these cosmetic procedures:

  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • All-porcelain crowns
  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers

Conservative Care and Personalized Results

When you choose a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Gorrell will determine the best course of treatment. We are committed to achieving the desired goal with the most conservative methods available. This type of comprehensive care is much more reliable than piecemeal dentistry; all procedures can be completed with the same goal in mind.

Contact Gorrell Smiles Today

Are you interested in learning more about the services we offer? Schedule a visit with Dr. Gorrell to explore your treatment options. Call us at (650) 967-1441 or contact us online.

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Mountain View, CA 94040

Open Today 7:00am - 7:00pm

More Info Directions (650) 967-1441