Modern Interdisciplinary Restorative Dentistry should start from a Smile Design project in harmony with the face and lip dynamics. Treatment planning should be a brainstorm process to try to find the best procedures to make this project possible. This means that in Facially Driven Dentistry, Smile Design should come before Treatment Planning.
The Uveneer System (Ultradent Products) is a clear template kit that provides dentists with preformed facial surfaces of maxillary central and lateral incisors, canines, and premolars. It has been designed to make it easier and faster for dentists to create direct composite veneers with predictable shape and symmetry. Uveneer templates come in 2 sizes to better fit the facial profiles of most
There are several anesthesia products and techniques available today, but our number one objective must be to remove our patients’ fears.
Dentist: “Why are you afraid of me?”
Patient: “I hate the shots.”
History of the Procedure
Chinese physicians were the first to describe the technique of repairing cleft lip. The early techniques involved simply excising the cleft margins and suturing the segments together. The evolution of surgical techniques during the mid-17th century resulted in the use of local flaps for cleft lip repair. These early descriptions of local flaps for the treatment of cleft lip form the foundation of surgical principles used today.
Not just a year ago my wisdom was tucked tightly away in my mouth, just below the surface of my gums, bothering no one. And then, last fall, it decided to emerge in the shape of three large, impacted teeth that had to come out. As I lay under the dental surgeon’s tools over the holidays, slowly coming out of my anesthesia, I wondered to myself: where did these teeth come from?
Indications for Complete Dentures
Complete dentures are full-coverage oral prosthetic devices that replace a complete arch of missing teeth. The following are indications for this type of dental prosthesis:
- A full arch of missing teeth
- Dental implants that have been deemed inappropriate by patient and/or doctor because of financial constraints, a medically compromised status that contraindicates surgery, or inevitable damage to vital structures such as maxillary sinuses, nerves, and vessels