Oral Health Group

Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Dr. Mechanic practices esthetic dentistry in Montreal, Canada. He is the Oral Health editorial board member for Cosmetic Dentistry.
April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Esthetics 2007

by Elliot Mechanic, BSc, DDS

Another issue of Oral Health devoted entirely to esthetic dentistry. The year’s largest issue of Oral Health featuring 12 original articles by an international group of clinicians. How could it be? A Canadian Journal! This would have been anyone’s thought

FIGURE 10--After view showing the natural appearance to the bridge involving teeth ##9-11 and the blend in shade from the bridge to the veneers on teeth ##8-12.
April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

A New Technique in Achieving Ideal Esthetics in Mixing Veneers, Bridges and Implants in the Smile Zone

by Marc Montgomery, DDS

The replacement of missing teeth in the maxillary anterior region remains an esthetic challenge for dentists. One has to address the multiple difficulties in managing the tissue and prosthetics. In most situations, the bone and tissue in the extraction site

Jordan Soll, DDS
April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

If You Are Wearing Loupes … the Line Never Blurred

by Jordan Soll, DDS

A while back, I read an editorial, When Did the Line Blur? (Oral Health, Feb. ’06), that when done caused me to raise a “spockian” eyebrow. What seemed to resonate through the article was that “cosmetic dentists” are over zealous

April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Predictable and Precise Tooth Preparation Techniques For Porcelain Laminate Veneers (PLVs) in Complex Cases

by Galip Gurel, DDS

When it comes to restoring the mouth with porcelain in order to improve the aesthetics, the Porcelain Laminate Veneers (PLVs) are one of the most conservative and aesthetic techniques that we can apply. The longevity of the veneers are quite

FIGURE 15--Final cosmetic result at the post operative appointment.
April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Conservative Smile Makeovers Using Feldspathic Porcelain Veneers

by Gary M. Radz, DDS

After years of calling on their professional organizations to put money and energy into building awareness of cosmetic dentistry, dentists woke up one morning and found themselves in the midst of a marketing blitz they had no idea was coming,

FIGURE 6P--Before and after.
April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Sulcus Depth and the Restorative Gingival Complex

by Domenic Belcastro, DDS

The concept of a biologic width was first mentioned by Gargiulo, Wentz and Orban in a landmark paper in 1961.1 Understanding the biology of the dentogingival complex is still the key to creating and maintaining ideal esthetics. In Fig. 1,2

April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Conservative Preparation for Bonded Porcelain Laminate Veneers

by Ross W. Nash, DDS

Ceramic veneers that can be glazed on the outer surface and etched on the internal surfaces for micro-mechanical retention provide us with materials that are more durable, stain resistant and enamel-like in appearance than previous composite resin alternatives. They can

April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Direct Restoration of a Discoloured Single Anterior Tooth – A Multi-layer Approach

by Paresh Shah, DMD, M.Sc., FAGD

A 20-year-old male expressed displeasure with the color of his front tooth #21 (Fig. 1). The tooth was fractured in a skateboarding accident six years prior. There was a fracture of the incisal third of the tooth, into dentin with

April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

The Direct Class IV Restoration

by Robert C. Margeas, DDS, FAGD

Patient demand for aesthetic dentistry with minimally invasive procedures has resulted in the extensive use of freehand bonding of composite resin to anterior teeth.1 Preservation of remaining tooth structure and using as much enamel to bond to, has made the

April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

The State-of-the-Art in Impression Materials (Roundtable discussion)

by Oral Health

The average practitioner takes approximately one crown or bridge impression per day, for a total of 20-30 per month. An impression is simply a process whereby the dentist can indirectly transfer information from the patient’s mouth to the lab technician’s

April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

A Rational Approach to High Esthetic Demand Using Minimal Invasive Dentistry A Case Report

by Gregory. P. M. Brambilla, DDS

You will never get a second chance to give someone a first impression of yourself!” In today’s society, presentation is critical. The media dictates our lifestyles: workout, hairstyles and fashion. When these alone are not enough, we look to plastic

FIGURE 23--Final restoration -- the happy patient.
April 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Increasing Anterior Vertical Dimension to Restore the Worn Anterior Dentition Without Increasing Posterior Vertical Dimension

by Bruce Kleeberger, BSc, DDS

ABSTRACT The restoration of anterior teeth is a challenge in comprehensive dental restorative treatment when there is reduced vertical restorative dimension. In order to gain sufficient vertical dimension for restoration many specialized treatments are considered including: surgical, periodontal, orthodontic and

November 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

I Want a Hamburger!

by Elliot Mechanic, DDS, BSc.

CROWNS MAKING A SEAL VS. CROWNS HELD BY RESIN? The jury is still out. Only the test of time will tell. Will new technology outperform the old standard? Are the oldies still the goodies? Today’s revolution in dental materials is

October 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Have Recent Advances in Adhesives and Materials Dictated a Change in Sealant Protocols?

by Leendert (Len) Boksman

ABSTRACT With the constant evolution in new materials and techniques, the dental clinician needs to evaluate the integration of these changes into everyday practice. In the area of dental sealants, new glass ionomers, polyacid modified resin composites, flowable composites, composite

July 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Create A Pleasant Smile — It’s an Artistic Adventure

by Luca Dalloca, DDS*

Since the beginning of life, human beings are constantly sourcing how to improve and valorize their appearance. It has been shown that when people are confident on their look they are more prone to have a positive attitude towards life

FIGURE 3--Root surfaces are covered with hybrid composite restorations, cord removed and the restorations finished and polished.
April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Treatment of Exposed Root Surfaces Using the Erbium Laser

by Jim Yeganegi, DDS

CASE HISTORY A 60-year-old male patient was seen for routine hygiene and oral health screening. At the time of scheduling his hygiene appointment he had informed the staff that he “had some dark brown spots, on his upper right teeth,

FIGURE 32--Six months post-operative full-facial view of the patient.
April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

A Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Approach to the Predictable & Functional Esthetic Correction of Malaligned Teeth

by Edward Lowe, BSc, DMD, Nelson Rego, CDT, Juan Rego, CDT

Dental professionals are enjoying an era in which educated patients may be our best customers. Mainstream media have publicized the capabilities and benefits of today’s esthetic restorative treatment options for solving a variety of dental problems, and among these solutions

April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

“Ultrathin” Porcelain Veneers

by Ross W. Nash, DDS

During the last twenty years porcelain laminate veneers have grown rapidly as a treatment modality in dental practices across the globe. Their use has expanded from simple coverings for anterior teeth to full laminates covering all of the coronal tooth

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April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Adhesive Cementation: One Step and Predictable

by George Freedman DDS, FAACD, FADFE

Over the past century, dentists have used a variety of cements for indirect procedures. A cement is defined as an agent that relates two or more materials such that they stay together in a specific relationship, incorporated as if they

FIGURE 17--Post op smile immediately post op.
April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Diastema Closure: The Direct Resin Technique

by Robert Margeas, DDS

Patient demand for aesthetic dentistry with minimally invasive procedures has resulted in the extensive utilization of freehand bonding of composite resin to anterior teeth.1 The development of composite resins with natural fluorescence and polishability allows the clinician to mimic the