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COSMETIC DENTISTRY

TOOTH REMODELING & ENAMELOPLASTY

Tooth remodeling & re-contouring is a procedure to correct malformed teeth, fractured teeth, chipped and cracked teeth. Grinding of the outer layer of tooth crown and adding tooth colored fillings or outer shells (veneers) will help give the tooth a more natural colour, shape, length and alignment. These procedures are safe and effective and must be done properly to ensure not too much has been removed from the tooth surface (not more than ½-1mm in thickness).

CROWN LENGTHENING

The procedure involves lengthening of clinical (visible) crown to show actual anatomical crowns. This is done surgically by cutting the overgrown gum tissue, or abnormal gum tissue and may involve shaving the alveolar bone and soft tissue around the tooth. It is a very simple procedure under local anesthesia and takes a few minutes especially with laser or advanced surgical technique and produces great results.

FULL MOUTH REHABILITATION

Full mouth rehabilitation is the term used to describe total elimination of dental disease and replacing the damaged tooth structure with filling, crowns, implants, dentures. It includes:

  • Rebuilding teeth that have abnormal shape, discolored, and weakened by previous disease and fillings.
  • Improving the appearance of teeth and consequently improving facial appearance and personal esteem without embarrassment.
  • Restoring normal function, such as eating and muscular and joint balance
  • Replacing missing teeth and soft tissue
  • Providing a long term follow up and maintenance program

PORCELAIN & COMPOSITE VENEERS

Tooth veneer is an artificial shell made of porcelain which is a hard smooth poreless cover that can be cemented on the prepared outer surface of the tooth with special cement. It may also be made of a composite filling which takes less time and requires no waiting time for laboratory works but is more likely to stain than porcelain veneers which are stain resistant.

Technique for veneer construction:

With or without local anesthesia we cut a minimum amount of tooth structure (up to1/2 mm incisally and 0.9 mm cervical) from labial (outer) surface and mesial and distal (sides) of the tooth. We then take impressions of the prepared tooth or teeth and send it to the laboratory for permanent veneer construction. Meanwhile a temporary veneer is placed on the prepared tooth or teeth. Important points to notice when we think of veneers:

  1. Good selection of cases and suitable patients is corner-stone for successful veneers.
  2. High caries rate patients are not suitable candidates for veneers.
  3. Patients with a heavy bite, grinding habits, other para-functional habits are poor candidates for veneers
  4. Cementation of the veneers should be performed under a very delicate, careful and dry field.
  5. Minimal occlusal interference

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