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The Difference Between Full-Mouth Rehab and a Smile Makeover

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Every smile is unique in its own way. It can say a lot about a person and give insight into who they are. But what if your natural smile does not accurately reflect your personality? When a person feels embarrassed about their teeth, it can affect quality of life.

Altering a patient’s smile can involve a fair amount of dental work. Depending on if there was trauma to the mouth, there could be missing teeth, receding gums, or more to correct. There are two directions either you or Dr. Blevins could choose: full-mouth rehab or a smile makeover.

Keep reading to find out the key difference between the two terms and if one is right for you.

The Needs and Wants of a Patient Matter

Before a decision between full-mouth rehabilitation and a smile makeover can be made, Dr. Blevins will need to perform an oral examination. During this exam, he’ll look for signs of tooth decay, periodontal disease, infection, and more.

Any issue found will need to be dealt with appropriately before other treatments can begin. For example, damaged teeth must be treated ahead of the placement of veneers or implants. Dental problems fall more into the ‘need’ category for the patient as their existence can compromise oral health.

Wants or desires, on the other hand, are often cosmetic in nature. If you came in for this reason and Dr. Blevins only finds healthy teeth during your exam, he can then recommend certain procedures to you.

It will ultimately be up to you and Dr. Blevins on whether full-mouth rehab or a smile makeover is best.

What is Full-Mouth Rehabilitation?

Full-mouth rehabilitation, or reconstruction, encompasses a series of restorative dental procedures. Procedures that are recommended for this type of service are intended to improve both the function and look of your smile.

Oftentimes, patients undergo reconstruction if they’ve recently been in an accident and experienced dental trauma. Yet, it can still be a recommended move if Dr. Blevins feels that missing teeth, for example, are negatively affecting oral health.

Common procedures involved in full-mouth rehab include:

  • Dental Implants
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Bridges
  • Root Canal Treatment (to treat infection)
  • Scaling and Root Planing (to treat gum disease)
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Veneers

How is a Smile Makeover Different?

A smile makeover is primarily done for cosmetic reasons. Makeovers consist of one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening or veneers.

The goal of a smile makeover is a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. To be a proper candidate for this type of dental service, a patient’s teeth should be healthy overall. Of course, a smile makeover can be performed after some restoration has occurred, but in general, teeth need to be free of decay or infection.

Some procedures that can be part of a patient’s smile makeover include:

Customize Your New Smile

Are you thinking of making a big change when it comes to your teeth? Discuss your options one-on-one with our dentist in Mullins, SC, and we can determine which direction is the best for you. Call Blevins Dentistry today at (843) 561-4039 or request an appointment online.

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