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Your oral health is just as important as your general health. In other words, having a healthy set of teeth is as important as any other organ in the human body. Various new techniques and procedures have been developed to ensure better oral health and a healthy mouth in general. Latest procedures such as a full mouth reconstruction or a smile makeover deal effectively with functional problems and issues that interfere significantly with the general overall health of the mouth, including the teeth and gums. While both these procedures involve the use of clinically proven dental materials and treatment techniques accompanied with exceptional knowledge, training and skill on the part of the dentist, there is a thin line of difference between the two. In that case, how will you know which one you need? Let us understand both the procedures and compare the two to answer this question.


What is full mouth reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation or restoration are interchangeable terms which involve a process of rebuilding along with simultaneously restoring all of your teeth in both the upper and lower jaws in your mouth. Professionals such as periodontists (gum specialists), oral surgeons, orthodontists (tooth movement and position specialists) and endodontists (tooth pulp specialists) perform this process.

When would you need a full mouth reconstruction?

If you are facing any of the following situations or problems, then you might need a full mouth reconstruction.

  • Teeth have been injured or fractured.
  • Teeth have become severely worn out due to long-term acid erosion resulting from certain foods or beverages or tooth grinding.
  • Teeth have been lost due to decay or trauma.
  • Constant headache or ongoing complaints of jaw or muscle.

Moreover, procedures such as fixing broken teeth, replacing missing teeth, moving teeth for getting them aligned in a better way and repairing wear and tear are also a part of full mouth reconstruction.


What is a smile makeover?

A smile makeover on the other hand is more cosmetic in nature that mainly focuses on aesthetics. A person is a candidate for a smile makeover in cases where he or she wears a rather unattractive or unpleasant smile. Smile makeover is also a great way to treat teeth stained by excessive consumption of tea, coffee or smoking.

What all is involved in a smile makeover?

The procedure of a smile makeover may involve one or more of the following:

  • Teeth Whitening
  • Dental Crowns and Bridges
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures
  • Inlays and Onlays
  • Invisalign “Invisible Braces”


Comparison between the two:

  • A full mouth reconstruction is something that you need to undergo for better health of your teeth, and a smile makeover is a procedure that you can choose to have.
  • Full mouth reconstruction procedure deals with the health of your teeth along with other related issues of the mouth whereas smile makeover lays emphasis mainly on the appearance of your smile.

Therefore, from the above comparison, it can be concluded that if the problem with your teeth is more than just about your wonderful smile and involves serious damage to your general dental health, you must consult with an experienced dentist or dental surgeon for a full mouth reconstruction. However, if you just want to enhance your beauty in general with a better and brighter smile, a smile makeover is what you need.