Oral Health Group

Cosmetic / Aesthetic

August 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Clinical Application of the “Natural Layering Concept”

by Didier Dietschi

Composite resins occupy a paramount position as a restorative material of choice because they offer an excellent aesthetic potential and acceptable longevity, with a much lower cost than equivalent ceramic restorations for the treatment of both anterior and posterior teeth

August 1, 2007 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Protemp(tm) Crown Temporization Material

by Dr. Don Erickson, Dr. Christopher D. Ramsey, Dr. Bob Margeas

Protemp(tm) Crown Temporization Material from 3M ESPE is the world’s first preformed, malleable temporary crown, providing speed and simplicity in temporization like never before. With this revolutionary light-curable material and time-saving technique, dental professionals can quickly trim and adapt a

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

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

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

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

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

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?Advertisement 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

FIGURES 13--Smile after veneers.
April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

The Challenge of Treating Dark Teeth

by Stephen D. Poss, DDS and Ray Foster, CDT

With all the challenges of the clinician today, handing of dark teeth is one that can be a concern. Some clinicians avoid treatment on these types of patients or cover the tooth with porcelain fused to metal crown in an

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