If you’ve looked at before and after photos of our patients, you know that tooth implants transform smiles. As such, they are commonly used in both smile makeovers and full mouth reconstruction.
Dental implants restore form and function
In other words, tooth implants have beauty and brawn.
The fact that dental implants are both cosmetic and restorative leads us to a question we get asked frequently;
What’s the difference between a makeover and full mouth reconstruction?
Smile makeovers and total reconstruction may include similar procedures. But at the end of the day (or beginning, depending on your appointment time) they are different.
A fundamental difference is the principal goal for each type of treatment. It goes back to beauty and brawn.
A cosmetic smile makeover
With a smile makeover the fundamental objective is to create a perfect, celebrity-caliber smile. The patient may want to realign their teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing configuration. They may want to whiten stained teeth. Repair chipped teeth. Replace old silver fillings.
By definition, a smile makeover transforms your appearance and boosts your self confidence. There are a lot of different options when it comes to a smile transformation; veneers are used to mask superficial flaws. Veneers are also a good option for severe stains or discolored teeth. Another common option is teeth whitening. And depending on your budget, this can either be done at home or by a professional.
Another major difference comes down to the specific procedures needed to magnify certain aspects of your teeth and smile.
Are dental implants used in smile makeovers? If a smile makeover patient has gaps in their smile, dental implants provide an ideal restoration.
Complete mouth reconstruction
Let’s discuss total mouth reconstruction. Similar to the aforementioned topic, reconstructive procedures vary depending on the dentist or oral surgeon you choose. However, the primary goal is to restore missing teeth and natural tooth function.
Patients may have teeth missing due to drug use, chemotherapy, a car accident, poor oral hygiene, or a sports injury. Solutions include root canals, dental implants, or crowns, to name a few. These repair or replace broken and/or missing teeth. Though dentures are a common remedy for missing teeth, they don’t count as complete mouth reconstruction.
Total mouth reconstruction does provide the added bonus of a more attractive smile, but that’s a secondary benefit.
Tooth implants have beauty and brawn. That’s why they play a starring role in both smile makeovers and full mouth reconstruction.