This patient's upper and lower teeth presented with severe acid erosion. We were able to fix the teeth by placing 14 crowns. This not only allows the patient to have a healthier mouth, but also gives them a fresh smile.
This patient wanted to redesign her smile as she had three deciduous (baby) teeth in front that were never replaced by adult teeth. We extracted the deciduous teeth and gave her a flipper (a removable partial denture; similar to a retainer) to disguise the gaps while she had time to heal. We then placed implants, and later, implant crowns on the three teeth. At the same time, we also made two veneers for her front teeth to improve their appearance. We think her end result looks incredible!
This patient presented with two congenitally missing teeth. Rather than use a flipper (which is removable; similar to a retainer) the patient opted to get a bridge. The bridge gave him six new teeth by attaching to neighboring teeth. This also gave us the opportunity to help him accomplish his cosmetic goals for all of his front teeth. We think his end result looks fantastic!
This patient was experiencing pain in and around his upper left bicuspid. Upon examination, the tooth had been cracked and could not be saved. The patient had the tooth extracted and an implant placed.
This patient presented to our office with a bridge along his upper gum line that was being held on by teeth with deep decay. The bridge was removed and the decayed teeth were extracted. An implant bridge was then placed which gave this patient a whole new smile!
Notches along the gum line, called abfractions, are caused by stress at the gum line. This can happen due to repeated grinding and clenching of the jaw. Abfractions are not only a cosmetic defect but can also be uncomfortable for the patient. They can be removed in a fairly simple and quick procedure by your dentist.
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.
Replacing Multiple Missing Lower Teeth with an Implant Bridge
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.
Replacing a Non-Savable Front Tooth with an Implant
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.