What is the Difference Between Full Mouth Reconstruction and a Smile Makeover?
Full mouth reconstruction is when both the upper and lower teeth are restored together to bring the teeth and bite into normal function whereas a smile makeover is done solely for aesthetics. Full mouth reconstruction is usually needed when the teeth are badly broken down due to decay, a bad bite or extreme bruxism (clenching and grinding) and the teeth are badly worn.
Restoring a patient to normal function is life-changing since most of these patients have a hard time chewing and live with pain. Often this pain extends to other areas such as the ears, neck, and muscles surrounding the face. These patients usually lack self-confidence and do not like to smile or engage in social situations so they are withdrawn from life. They often cover their mouths with their hands when smiling, laughing, or speaking and eat only soft foods or only drink room temperature beverages.
A smile makeover is done to bring confidence to an otherwise healthy mouth. Treatments like veneers can give the illusion of straighter and whiter teeth. Often, a gum lift is also incorporated in a smile makeover. This removes excess gum tissue which can make teeth appear shorter (think gummy smile). Sometimes, simply whitening the teeth can improve someone’s smile dramatically especially with a two-part proprietary system such as KöR. This system can even lighten tetracycline stain!
Full mouth reconstruction at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio
What is full mouth reconstruction?
Hello, this is Dr. Edward Camacho from Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio. Today I want to give you some information about what full mouth reconstruction can mean or what it can do for you.
Unfortunately, there are times when a patient’s condition with their teeth has deteriorated to a point where it truly needs complete rebuilding of every tooth in the mouth.
Now that could be a situation where someone has, in fact, already lost all of their teeth.
While conventional dentures can be a solution, a better solution that would fall under full mouth reconstruction would be implant-supported dentures.
What is the role of implant-supported dentures in full mouth reconstruction?
These would be a complete set of teeth on the upper and lower jaw where implants are used to secure teeth in a fashion that is not removable.
These rebuild the biting and functioning area, rebuild the smile, restore the facial appearance to normal, and it does it in a long-lasting manner.
A set of implant-supported dentures has a 35-year lifespan to it. It’s certainly a lifetime solution to a problem that, unfortunately, denture patients sometimes find themselves in.
What are the benefits of full mouth reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction can also mean rebuilding teeth that are severely worn down. Some individuals have consumed a lot of acidic foods in the past or ground their teeth significantly, and they’ve worn their teeth down.
A full mouth reconstruction puts a crown over every single tooth and rebuilds the bite. It restores function, comfort and cosmetically restores a very nice-looking smile.
Give us a call today and smile confidently after a full mouth reconstruction.
With all the advancements in dental materials, full mouth reconstruction also results in a smile makeover not only bringing a patient back to a healthy state but also giving them the confidence to smile and engage in life again!
What makes Dr. Camacho and his team different is their passion to help others. Here is what this patient had to say about the excellent service received.
Coming to Dr. Camacho’s office is a whole different experience. I had a really emergency situation and I called them first thing at 8 o clock, and he managed to take care of my tooth just as a stop gap and I realized that he had so many other options to be able to enhance my smile, and so we started to look a that for a longer term solution. That is when I decided to go with my upper veneers. The staff is engaging they have always called me emailed me they all know me by name I feel like I have the same people to always reach out to. I always feel like he spends the time with me and so does his staff and even I f I come in for a cleaning like Dr. Camacho is always available and I feel like tis i a family here and eve time I come in the staff is fantastic and they always went over what we were going to go through and I knew that the tie we spent to prepare for the ultimate product was all well worth it. Being in my mid 40s age is always a concern and you always want to stay youthful and I feel like you completely accomplish that with my new smile. the longer term solution to totally enhance my smile and change it completely changed everything and my confidence about being able to smile at the camera and just being able to smile at people, without being self-conscious about the coloring of my teeth and that they were crooked anymore – I don’t hesitate to think about going for my bottom teeth either even though it is a long process it is worth every bit of time and commitment that you put in to achieving your final look. Everyone how compliments me on my smile, it is one of those things that many never see to talk about that I have had veneers put in there is one thing you are going to do cosmetic – I would enhance your smile. That is everything people see, people always look at you it is always nice to be able to look at people in the eyes, especially now I am a professional I work in tech I used to travel pre Covid I used to spend time in the office all the time, with my peers subordinates and colleagues. Having meetings and collaborating and now we do it all over video and you lose the ability to connect with people in person and as much so you can extend a personality through video and smiling at people and engaging with people, connecting with them over video is super implant and I hank being able to smile and look at people is super implant and I always tell friends who compliment me on my smile to go see Dr. Camacho, really if there is something you want to enhance about yourself and it is a cosmetic procedure I would absolutely recommend looking at enhancing your smile as a first option – I would first say than you and the work that we did completely just changed how I engaged with everybody else, y confidence they just did so much to change my outlook and this was all really unintended and I did not come here to focus on any type of cosmetic enhancement I am here to fix a tooth that I chipped by accident and it was sort of an emergency situation so I am just very grateful that they offered some of these services and I have something more long term and that I feel really good about myself.!
Dr. Camacho has been building confidence for over 38 years and he can help you get your confidence back whether you are in the need of full mouth reconstruction or a smile makeover.