This patient had an old filling that broke. What is important to take into consideration when doing cosmetic fillings in the front is that you try to match and mimic the shape, color and any special characteristics of the adjacent teeth. You don't want one unnatural, "cosmetic" tooth surrounded by natural dentition.
Patient was in need of veneers due to multiple, old, large restorations in front teeth with decalcification present. Before veneers could be done to provide the best esthetics, we did orthodontics on the patient to get her teeth in a more ideal alignment. After orthodontics, we proceeded with the veneer process using CEREC (in-office fabrication of crowns and veneers). This was a case of esthetics being the by-product of necessary treatment.
This fine gentleman had his previous denture for 40 YEARS! Over that span of time with the same denture the teeth wear down. When that happens your nose and chin become closer together and you lose what we call in dentistry "vertical dimension". We made him a new denture which increased his "vertical dimension" and gave him some teeth that people can see when he smiles. By doing this, he also gains more lip support. All of these things combined produce a more cosmetic, youthful result.
Incomplete congenital enamel formation, poor home care & soda habit led to this 10 y.o.'s situtation. For now, we did tooth-colored fillings on the front four teeth. In the future, this patient will need more comprehensive treatment on these teeth. Good brushing habits would have gone a long way for this little guy. These pictures are immediately after we did two of the filllings. We'll try to get more after his gums have healed. At least school pictures will be better this year.
The top picture is of the old crowns after bleaching. The middle picture is of the temporaries which were made based on the old crowns' size and shape. The bottom picture is of the new crowns immediately after placement. It is amazing what a great laboratory and attention to detail can do to improve esthetics!
We did a laser frenectomy (a what?) on this patient to remove the thick band of connective tissue that ran from the lip to between the teeth. By using the laser, there is virtually no hemorrhaging and little, if any, discomfort. The before and after pics are 2 weeks apart.
This is a great case. First, we did braces (yes, we do orthodontics) on the patient. Secondly, we took care of the chalky appearance on the top, front six teeth using a micro-invasive treatment. What is that you ask? It's basically a procedure we can do for certain cases that does not require a shot. He is returning to do the lower teeth next visit.
This patient had previous tooth-colored fillings done to make her laterals (teeth next to the front teeth) look normal in size. She was unhappy with the shade, shape and discrepancy in comparison to her other teeth. The composites were re-done to make them look more natural. These cases are fun to do, affordable and very gratifying!!
Same day digital dentistry using CEREC. We did an all-porcelain onlay restoration for this patient to take care of a fracture and the broken down metal filling. This was done in one appointment. That means NO temporary, NO second appointment (which means NO 2nd time being numb!) and the restoration is more conservative than doing other methods of treatment. Triple win for the patient.
Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry: The patient had an old filling that had fallen out due to decay under the filling. The gum tissue had also grown over the tooth some as well. We used the laser to re-contour the tissue and uncover the tooth. The filling was then done with composite (tooth-colored) filling material. We will get another picture once the tissue is totally healed.
This new patient emergency came in with a shattered crown on a front tooth. We were able to prepare his tooth for a new crown, but more importantly, were able to fabricate a very nice looking temporary for him to have until his crown is ready to be placed. We sent him to the lab for a custom shade.
Softball injury. This patient presented to our office for the first time today and walked out the door today "with a tooth". Rebuilt using composite filling material. Moral(s) of the story: Softballs aren't that "soft". Consider wearing a mouth guard when playing sports. Buzbee Dental sees emergencies the same day. Buzbee Dental wants you leaving the office looking better than when you came in