Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Harry's Dental Makeover

Harry underwent a few procedures to achieve his new smile. This included crown lengthening of upper anteriors, new fillings and crowns on upper teeth.

Why was the patient a good candidate for the procedure?
This patient was a good candidate for the procedure because the anterior teeth that were involved, were constantly chipping and cracking for many years.
It was a long time goal to prevent and protect these teeth from further damage.
The restoration of crowns or caps were indicated.
The patint also followed a good oral hygiene regiment and was eager and compliant with respect to treatment.
Was his treatment ordinary?
Crowning vulnerable teeth is a typical practice in dentistry.
How long did the patient's transformation take?
There were a few preliminary procedures that were necessary prior to the actual placement of the crowns that involved a few extra appointments. The actually crowns took two appointments, two weeks apart, to complete.

What steps do these procedures involve?
Good oral hygiene must be a priority before any major restorations are placed. Tooth decay must also be eliminated with no symptoms present. One of the involved teeth required some gum reshaping and and root canal therapy in order to accept a crown.Subsequently, the crowns were prepared at one visit, and the crowns were permanently placed two weeks later.

Are there any homesteps patients should follow after procedures like this?
Continuous good oral hygiene is essential to maintain teeth and especially crowns
This includes regular checkups to the dentist.
A night guard is also recommended for certain procedures such as Harry's.
This is a guard that is worn during the night to protect the new crowns and prevent wear on the opposing teeth.

Dr. Dana Levy                                                             Connie
Periodontist                                                                  Treatment Coordinator

Jonathan Mursic RDT

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