Creating a younger fresher more symmetrical smile
This patient wanted a younger, fresher, more uniform smile without the blemishes and black lines at the gumline. Many of our new patients have recently had significant dentistry done. Sometimes these new patients express disappointment in the outcome this work. Even though their dental work had been competently done, it isn't what was expected. We regularly find that patients will want the work done again but following more closely their vision of beautiful.
Patient directed tooth shapes, translucency, and brightness
Prosthodontics is the specialty within dentistry focusing on doing crowns, veneers, and implants. This Chicago patient had the complete prosthodontic re-creation of her smile as per her wishes. The front crowns are E Max and the posterior teeth are porcelain on gold crowns.
Looking for a Total Smile Makeover
Oftentimes, a smile makeover is recommended for patients who desire cosmetic enhancements. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. James Fondriest offers artistic smile design to achieve these comprehensive results. Much of this process involves the use of dental prosthetics, which we will explore in more detail below.
Why Prosthodontic Dental Treatments Yield Most Favorable Results
Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry that addresses the restoration and replacement of broken, damaged, or lost teeth. Prosthodontists are highly trained specialists, having mastered all elements of the creation of a stellar and natural-looking smile. Smile makeovers can be tremendously complicated. When the teeth underneath the crowns are dark, the dentist will choose a more opaque type of porcelain to conceal the darkness. It is more difficult to make opaque porcelain appear as natural teeth. This patient had old root canals under her front crowns and the tooth stumps were almost black.
Common Prosthodontic Treatments
While the specialty of prosthodontics covers a broad spectrum of corrective and restorative dental treatments, some of the most common include:
Benefits of Prosthodontics
Prosthodontic dentistry offers an array of benefits that are long-lasting. Some of the advantages include:
- Layered care
- Better speech
- More streamlined biting and chewing
- Natural appearance
- Maintenance of jaw health and bone structures in the mouth
Prosthodontists often work closely with dental laboratories, crafting lifelike restorations from sturdy, and innovative materials. Furthermore, prosthodontists help to ensure a stellar restoration that will blend with remaining teeth. From procedures that require minimal restoration, to services that are layered and require extensive reconstruction, prosthodontists are there to create treatments that address the dental and facial problems patients face.
A healthy smile has a profound effect on confidence. Whether you’re seeking to correct a minor imperfection, or a severe dental issue, it is to your benefit to contact a trusted dental professional.
Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts
For more information about prosthodontics, and learn about a specific treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling 847-234-0517. We look forward to providing you with specialized care and create a smile makeover that will last for years to come.