Project Description

Smile Makeover

Canyon Lakes Dentistry
Dr. Tito Molina

Fix Multiple Oral Health Problems With a Smile Makeover

A Smile Makeover combines multiple treatments in a single appointment to address your dental needs. Because the teeth, gums, and jaw are all connected, patients often have various problems that need fixing at the same time. Dr. Tito Molina in Katy, TX, designs smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction plans to tackle tooth damage, decay, and infection to restore the patient’s ability to speak, eat, and smile confidently. When treatments are combined, they often speed the process, allowing the work to be done faster than doing one treatment at a time.

Everyone’s dental needs are different. When it comes to full mouth reconstruction, no two patients are the same. A full mouth reconstruction is similar to a smile makeover in that it combines multiple dental treatments to restore full functionality. A smile makeover focuses more on dentistry’s cosmetic aspect; full mouth reconstruction focuses more on missing teeth, gum disease, and dental crowns to support damaged teeth and allow the patient to eat and speak properly. It is more suited to repairing damage to the tooth structure and removing decay and infection.

The Canyon Lakes Dentistry team is dedicated to helping their patients smile confidently by offering smile makeovers and full mouth reconstruction to restore your teeth and gums’ beauty and function. Reach out to us at our office by calling (281) 609-6924 to determine how you can benefit from treatment or schedule an appointment. Patients from Katy and neighboring communities are always welcome.

As the needs of every patient are different, no two full mouth reconstruction or smile makeover treatment plans are the same. Some of the most commonly included treatments are:

  • Dental implants: Secured directly into the jaw, dental implants’ posts replace missing dental roots and provide unrivaled support for crowns, bridges, and dentures. For patients who have lost jawbone tissue as a result of missing teeth, we may recommend a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift to provide enough bone for implants and encourage bone regrowth. The process by which dental implants join with your jawbone to create a stable platform for implant restorations is called osseointegration. The implant stimulates new bone tissue formation that wraps tightly around the implant for stability.
  • Sinus lift: Your upper jaw near your molars and premolars loses bone material as you age. During a sinus lift or sinus augmentation, we add bone material between your jaw and maxillary sinuses located on either side of your nose. The main purpose of a sinus lift is to add bone density so that dental implants can be placed into a strong, secure foundation.
  • Dental crowns and bridges: A more affordable alternative to dental implants, a dental crown or dental bridge can address damaged or missing teeth. Crowns and bridges are supported by your natural teeth rather than titanium implant posts. With an in-house CEREC® machine, we can take impressions, craft and place an all-porcelain dental crown in about one to two hours. We use bridges to replace missing teeth. Dental bridges are typically two dental crowns and a false tooth called a pontic. The crowns fit over teeth directly adjacent to the space left by the lost tooth, thus bridging the gap and restoring bite and chewing function.
  • Dentures: While bridges can replace one or two adjacent missing teeth, dentures can replace an entire upper or lower dental arch. Full dentures replace all of your upper and lower teeth, while partial dentures can be used to replace several missing teeth and restore proper bite and chewing function. Depending on your budget and needs, a denture may either attach to dental implants (implant-supported dentures) or rest directly on your gums. Wearing dentures requires a brief adjustment period until your jaw and mouth muscles adapt to the new appliance so you can speak and eat normally. You may feel as if you have a mouth full of marbles at first, but this feeling will improve with each passing day as your mouth adapts to the new appliance. Soon you will be eating and speaking normally.
  • Tooth-colored fillings: Made of a tooth-colored composite mixture, tooth-colored fillings can restore decayed or damaged teeth. The composite resin we use as filling material can be color-matched to blend with your smile. Unlike old-fashioned dental fillings that were made from silver or other metal amalgams, these new dental fillings are tooth-colored and match your teeth perfectly so no one will know you’ve had dental fillings.
  • Periodontal disease prevention and treatment: Since untreated gum disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis can severely weaken your oral health, periodontal treatment is a powerful tool, particularly for full mouth reconstruction. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, your dentist may recommend special oral hygiene techniques or deep cleaning to remove bacteria.
  • Root canal therapy: If decay reaches the innermost portion of your tooth, our dentist can perform root canal therapy to remove the source of the infection and eliminate your pain. Afterward, we can place a dental crown over the tooth to restore function and protect it from re-infection. Despite what many people think, today’s root canal therapy is a relatively painless, comfortable procedure that actually eliminates your toothache pain.

After evaluating your smile, your dentist can recommend the treatments most appropriate for your smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction needs. If necessary, we may also suggest mouth guards to prevent teeth grinding (called bruxism) or wisdom teeth removal to ease overcrowding in your jaw.

In addition to offering complete smile makeovers in Katy, TX, we also offer dental implants, sleep apnea treatment, Invisalign, cosmetic dentistry, and a wide range of additional dental services.

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katy smile makeover patient showing her new smile