Reposted by Dr. Nelson Henry DMD with permission from the Board Certified Mexico Dental Association
Dental terminology can often be confusing to the patient – especially so when ad agencies, and consumer health protection laws in different countries are involved.
Dental Makeover is a general term which is often loosely used to describe either cosmetic dentistry or major work such as a full-mouth oral restoration.
Cosmetic Dentistry encompasses procedures such as crowns, veneers, gum contouring, bondings, inlays, onlays, bridges and plates and even implantology.
Note: Implants are surgery and should only be performed by an oral surgeon or prosthodontist. In the US this in normally the case. However, in Mexico, general dentists can attend an implant manufacturer’s quickie weekend course or worse – a 2 hour dental convention seminar and thereafter call themselves implant specialists.