What type of dentist do I need for an extreme smile makeover?

Dr. K - I have quite a few dental problems, and I’m not happy with my smile. What type of dentist can help me with an extreme smile makeover?


Dr. K’s Response:

Great question.

In general, the type of dentistry expertise needed for a complete smile makeover involves detailed knowledge of both cosmetic dentistry and functional dentistry:

  1. Cosmetic dentistry has to do with the way your teeth (and smile) appear aesthetically. It’s what you see when you look at your mouth in the mirror or when you smile for a photograph.

  2. Functional dentistry is the placement of teeth (in the right place) so you can chew and speak properly.

An effective smile makeover results when a dentist knows how to address both cosmetics and function when creating a plan to give you the smile you deserve.

Unfortunately, the American Dental Association (ADA) does not recognize cosmetic dentistry or functional dentistry as specialties. But this doesn’t mean you’re out of luck!

The ADA does, in fact, recognize Prosthodontists as the dental specialists most equipped to treat patients with both cosmetic and functional dental needs.

So if you think you might need a smile makeover, scheduling an appointment with a Prosthodontist is a great place to start.

Here at Frontier Dental in Medina, OH, our founding doctor, Dr. Sanjay Karunagaran, is a highly-rated Prosthodontist who can help give you the smile you deserve. With expertise in both cosmetics and function, he can customize your smile with a full mouth of crowns, implant crowns, dentures, or implant dentures to fit your needs and wishes.

If you’re interested in an expert opinion about whether you’re in need of a smile makeover, contact your local Prosthodontist, or schedule an appointment with Frontier Dental today!


Please also read our official smile makeover procedure page to learn more about smile makeovers.