Teeth whitening, braces, and veneers; all essential and common procedures of cosmetic dentistry. While full-mouth reconstruction, also known as full mouth restoration or a smile makeover, often includes elements of cosmetic dentistry, do they fall under the same oral health tree? 

Make Over Your Mouth with Cosmetic Dentistry: https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/make-over-your-mouth#2

What a Full Mouth Restoration Fixes

Though cosmetic dentistry can help greatly improve the look of any smile, a full mouth restoration is aimed at fixing a myriad of dental issues while also providing a great-looking smile. For example, someone who qualifies for a full mouth reconstruction will often experience:

  • Missing, broken, or fractured teeth
  • Bone inadequacies, bite imperfections, or jaw pain
  • Gum disease, or severe mouth pain

On the flip side, cosmetic dentistry on its own is usually aimed at brightening or enhancing your smile and is usually a single procedure. Full mouth restoration requires multiple dental issues in need of fixing – a great way to reset the look and health of your entire mouth. Still, full mouth restoration implements cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as veneers, to complete the great look and feel of a restored smile.

Types of Cosmetic Procedures: https://www.verywellhealth.com/different-types-of-cosmetic-dental-procedures-1059022

How Full Mouth Restorations Integrate Cosmetic Dentistry for Great Results

When these issues arise, they are often caused by injury, prolonged bacteria and plaque in the mouth, gum disease, teeth grinding, or the wear and tear of time. This can lead to trouble chewing, swallowing, or speaking. Once the need for a full mouth restoration is established, a dentist will do a thorough exam and create a treatment plan to determine the best course of action for a patient’s needed treatments and procedures.

Read a specific full mouth restoration case: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2994694/

Here’s where cosmetic dentistry comes into play at helping create a beautiful smile, while also greatly impacting the health and functionality of the mouth – restoring the ability to chew, swallow, and speak fully. Full mouth restoration can include many treatments, such as:

  • Onlays and inlays
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Braces
  • Root canals
  • Gum disease treatments
  • Fillings
  • Bite therapy
  • Veneers
  • Dentures

Giving your mouth a full mouth restoration can bring great confidence and oral health to your everyday life – implementing multiple procedures (cosmetic and otherwise) to help you reach your dream smile. Consulting your dentist is essential to discovering if you need a full-mouth restoration. To find out more about full mouth restoration, or to learn more about how you can rebuild your smile with beauty and function in mind, contact Thomas L. Anderson, DDS and Associates. Your perfect smile could be just a few visits away.

Read more about Dr. Thomas L. Anderson, Cosmetic Dentist in Kansas City

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