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This patient had significant gum disease due to long-standing bacterial infection, as well as tartar build-up. While visually apparent in this case, this often occurs in the back teeth completely below the gum line where it is not visible. The most important thing to focus on is the redness, puffiness, and unhealthy appearance of the gum tissue, especially around the lower teeth. If left untreated, this patient would certainly lose these front teeth due to underlying bone loss and lose many teeth in the back as well.
After our gum therapy treatment (a whole mouth of scaling and root planing), ...
Before – Patient was born without a front tooth (right) and with an undersized front tooth (left). A previous dentist placed bonding on the undersized tooth to improve its appearance. The patient wanted to restore his missing front tooth (right) with an implant.
This veneer case done by Dr. Strandburg was performed to replace a poorly repaired broken tooth. A single porcelain veneer was able to replace the unnatural appearance of the composite bonding, creating a very natural result. Matching two front teeth is considered “the hardest thing in dentistry” due to the human eye’s ability to detect asymmetries. When a maximum esthetic result is desired, a porcelain veneer is often required.
This veneer revision completed by Dr. Strandburg achieved several of the patient’s goals. The initial veneers left a poorly functioning bite, dark color, asymmetry, and harsh lines and edges. The new veneers corrected the bite function, brightened the color, improved symmetry, and created a softer, more feminine and natural look. Additionally, the improved fit of the veneers allowed the patient’s gums to heal where they had previously been inflamed.