Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover

By Michael Bixby on January 23, 2019

Smiling young woman winking at the cameraWhen multiple dental procedures are needed to restore the health and appearance of your teeth, full mouth reconstruction may be your best option. This multifaceted approach to correcting dental problems such as tooth decay and cracked or broken teeth can include the use of dental implants, bridges, fillings, and crowns, among other options.

This comprehensive treatment is sometimes mistakenly referred to as a smile makeover. However, there are stark differences between these two procedures.

Here, Dr. Michael Bixby and our staff in Red Bank, NJ explore full mouth reconstruction vs. smile makeover so patients can be well-informed about their treatment options.

What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Using a combination of treatments that can include fillings, dental implants, dentures, and other prosthetics, full mouth reconstruction can rebuild your upper or lower set of teeth with dramatic results, both in the appearance and restored function of your teeth.

The recovery time for this reconstructive surgery varies depending on the type and number of procedures performed.

What Is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a customized cosmetic treatment plan that may include any combination of teeth whitening, veneers, gum contouring, or other dental procedures.

The aim of a smile makeover is to completely revamp your smile and eliminate the appearance of dental flaws.

Who Is a Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?

When determining if you are a good candidate for full mouth reconstruction, consult Dr. Bixby and his team. This treatment could be an option if you:

  • Have serious dental problems, such as significant decay or broken, cracked, or missing teeth.
  • Need reconstructive work that goes beyond cosmetics. If looks are of more concern than medical concerns, a smile makeover may be a better alternative.
  • Have gum disease.
  • Are not currently pregnant.
  • Have adequate jawbone mass. Before dental implants can be inserted, for example, there needs to be adequate bone available to support the posts. Bone grafts are one possible remedy for increasing jawbone strength.
  • Have a healthy immune system.

There are several long-lasting benefits of full mouth restoration for both oral and overall health.

Correctly aligning teeth can improve chewing function and alleviate discomfort.

By reducing overcrowding, the prevalence of bacteria in the mouth can also be reduced, lowering the risk of periodontal disease.

Dental implants can reduce the risk of gum and bone recession, thus preventing the undesirable “caved-in” look commonly associated with diminished jaw structure.

And then there are the intangible benefits of full mouth reconstruction, such as the new-found confidence of having a beautiful smile.

Who Is a Candidate for a Smile Makeover?

Smile makeovers can correct a wide range of cosmetic issues. These may include:

  • Discoloration
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshaped teeth
  • Visible metal filings and restoration
  • Worn teeth

Find Out If You Are a Good Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction

At Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry, you are in expert hands. Dr. Bixby earned his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. His post-doctorate training includes attending the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and completing courses at the Creating Restorative Excellence Center for Advanced Dental Learning.

If you have experienced some form of physical trauma or severe tooth decay, full mouth reconstruction may be the quickest route back to full oral health. At Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry, our team will work with you to decide if full mouth reconstruction is your best option. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (732) 224-1160.

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