Many people have something about their smile that they wish they could change. For some people, there are several different problems. They would like to have a whole new smile.
You may have heard of a smile makeover, in which a restorative dentist uses several different procedures to completely refresh a patient’s smile. You may also have heard of full mouth reconstruction, which also involves using several different procedures to restore the smile. What’s the difference between these two? How can you know which one you need?
Smile makeovers and full mouth reconstruction are both used for patients who need several procedures. In general, a smile makeover is more targeted to the appearance of the smile. This is useful for patients whose teeth are functional, but who have cosmetic problems that they want to fix. By contrast, full mouth reconstruction fixes issues that are functional as well as cosmetic. This is used in patients who have more extensive damage to their teeth. However, there is overlap between the two, and it’s not always easy to categorize a series of procedures as being either a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction.
A smile makeover is a personalized process, and you’ll work together with your restorative dentist Seattle to figure out which procedures will be included in your smile makeover. Certain procedures are more commonly included in smile makeover treatment plans. These include:
Again, the exact procedures included in full mouth reconstruction depend on your needs. A consultation with your restorative dentist Seattle will determine which ones you need. Some of the common procedures in full mouth reconstruction include:
Fillings and root canals
While full mouth reconstruction is generally more concerned with restoring function, cosmetic procedures may also be included. All of the common smile makeover procedures may also be a part of full mouth reconstruction, depending on the patient’s needs and goals.
To determine what you need to completely refresh and restore your smile, you’ll need to consult with your own dentist. Ideally, you should find a dentist with a lot of experience and skill in both cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry, so that whichever procedures you need, you know that your dentist can complete them at a very high quality. You may also want your dentist to be skilled in sedation dentistry, so you can feel more relaxed and comfortable while having your dental work completed.
Dr. Mark Caggiano, known as “the sedation dentist of Seattle,” can offer you any procedures that you need. His years of training, including specialized training in procedures such as dental implants, allow him to ensure that all of your work will be high-quality. In addition, he’s very warm and caring, which puts people at ease even if they’re usually nervous at the dentist. Contact us to schedule an appointment to consult with Dr. Caggiano.
For over 25 years, Dr. Mark Caggiano, DDS has provided cosmetic and restorative dentistry in a comfortable, professional environment. Dr. Caggiano received a degree in Biology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Southern California. He has had extensive post-graduate training and is a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Dental Association and The International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Caggiano makes dental treatment relaxed and comfortable for patients while enhancing their oral health and beautifying their smiles.