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Replacing Multiple Missing Lower Teeth with an Implant Bridge

Replacing Multiple Missing Lower Teeth with an Implant Bridge

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Issue and Solution

In an area where you may be missing many teeth in a row, an implant bridge may be a great way to replace all of those teeth. The implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone so that they can be used as the “supports” for a bridge (porcelain connection) of new teeth. It is important to discuss with your dentist whether or not you are a candidate for implant surgery. In this case, they were missing multiple lower teeth. A few implants were placed and eventually restored with a bridge of teeth that appears natural and functions very well without coming in or out.

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Replacing a Non-Savable Front Tooth with an Implant

Replacing a Non-Savable Front Tooth with an Implant

Before

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Issue and Solution

When teeth have very large cavities or very larger older fillings, we have to crown (cap) the tooth. This is because we can no longer effectively “stuff” or fill the tooth with filling material and expect it to last a long time. A crown protects the tooth from the outside, taking on the chewing responsibilities and becoming the new shell for the tooth. In this example, this patient had a large cavity with an older filling. The front tooth was crowned and custom-shaded and custom-shaped to match his other natural teeth.

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Fixing a Front Tooth with Bonding

Fixing a Front Tooth with Bonding

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Issue and Solution

We can often improve the function and appearance of teeth using composite bonding (tooth-colored fillings). Over time, teeth can chip, old fillings can stain or break, or new cavities can form on teeth. In this example, the front tooth was not heavily broken down, but you can see the “wear and tear.” Composite bonding was used to match the color of the natural tooth and create an esthetic, healthy result.

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Replacing Missing Front Teeth with Implants

Replacing Missing Front Teeth with Implants

Before

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Issue and Solution

Congenitally missing teeth are adult teeth that never formed. As seen in this picture, the lateral incisors are some of the more common teeth that can be congenitally missing. Because this patient had enough bone height and bone width in these areas, they were a candidate for implant surgery.  Here, the teeth were replaced by implants with custom-shaped and custom-colored crowns.

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Using Implants to Replace Front Missing Teeth

Using Implants to Replace Front Missing Teeth

Before

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Issue and Solution

Implants are "biomedical screws" that recreate the root of a tooth so that a crown be placed on them. Implants go into the upper or lower jaw bones. They are permanent and function like normal teeth. It is important to be evaluated by a dentist to determine if you are a candidate for implants. In this case, the patient lost many of their front teeth. In the images, you can see where their implants were surgically placed before teeth were created for them. At the finish, the patient has a very natural looking smile.

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Using a Bridge to Replace Front Missing Teeth

Using a Bridge to Replace Front Missing Teeth

Before

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Issue and Solution

A bridge is used to replace missing teeth and stays permanently in your mouth. It is cemented onto the two anchor teeth (abutments) like crowns that are all linked together. Bridges can be made for front teeth and back teeth. It is a great option for when patients do not want to or cannot undergo implant surgery. In this case, this patient had an old bridge that incorporated 4 teeth; they wanted it replaced with a modern material. The new bridge creates a more natural appearance, and they were thrilled with the result.

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Changing the Size and Shape of Teeth with Veneers

Changing the Size and Shape of Teeth with Veneers

Before

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Issue and Solution

Veneers are thin, custom-shaped, custom-colored, bonded porcelain. They enable us to manipulate the appearance of your teeth with more conservative drilling practices. In this case, you can see that this patient had "peg laterals" (under-grown/smaller teeth), which is a common condition that leads to size discrepancies and spacing. These teeth were treated with veneers and custom color shading. The new veneers create a brighter and more full smile.

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Let’s Talk About Series: Pain Medication

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No Longer Afraid to Smile

No Longer Afraid to Smile

Before

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Issue and Solution

This young lady was afraid to smile and didn’t like the ‘fangs’ or her worn down front teeth. We not only corrected her bite to allow a lifetime of normal function, we also corrected for the extra wear on her front teeth. This allowed us to use composite bonding to sculpt a very natural youthful smile for her that matches her age. In less than a year’s time, we brought to life her new smile and she hasn’t stopped smiling since.

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A New Smile to Match Her Vitality

A New Smile to Match Her Vitality

Before

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Issue and Solution

This patient felt that her smile didn’t match the youth and energy of her personality and lifestyle. She was unhappy with one dark tooth in front that had discolored long ago prior to root canal treatment and also the misshapen teeth in her smile. We were able to mask the discoloration with a full porcelain crown all while maintaining a pleasant match to the other veneers and natural teeth, lending to a very natural smile. Five carefully sculpted veneers give a more natural balance to her smile. With a whiter, more youthful smile she loves sharing smiles with her friends and family wherever she goes.

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