This sweet lady had many bad experiences in dental offices as she grew up. Unfortunately, her advanced gum disease was creating a "long-in-the-tooth" look. Many teeth had chipped from night grinding and she had been told she was going to loose a front tooth. The more she delayed the worse her dental condition became. She was very reluctant to get care but a trusted friend encouraged her to drive up from Chicago to get help from her dentist (Dr. Fondriest) who specializes in doing this type of prosthodontic dentistry. This patient's dream was to keep her teeth and not have to worry about her smile again.
This patient required gum surgery to treat the gum disease, a gum lift to get rid of the gummy smile, an implant to replace her right lateral incisor (a tooth colored zirconium implant abutment was used to camoflage the dark "titanium metal implant" from showing through the thin and translucent gum tissue), and nine porcelain crowns to improve alignment of her front teeth and to make them look brighter and more natural. Now she plans to have her bottom teeth done!
Do you need a total prosthodontic makeover? Prosthodontics is a subspecialty within dentistry that takes a comprehensive view of the remaking of a broken down smile. While the majority of general family dentists are trained to fix one to three teeth at a time, cosmetic and prosthodontic dentists are trained to do a comprehensive overview of the smile. This includes assessing the face, lips, and gums that form a “picture frame for the smile”. If there is asymmetry in this picture frame, then the smile will appear unbalanced even if it is straight. Reconstructive dentistry will address the imbalances as well as repairing the teeth. Sophisticated dentistry takes on the big picture analysis and remaking of a smile.
When you hear a friend saying that they want a smile makeover, they are really looking for prosthodontic reconstructive dentistry. The well trained dentist will take a significant amount of time taking pictures of your face and smile and analyzing it. Often opinions are requested from other dental specialists such as orthodontists and periodontists. This smile design process hopefully artfully designs your new smile.
Not all prosthodontics and cosmetic dentists do prosthodontic makeovers regularly
A photographic analysis is performed with all reconstructive dentistry. The doctor needs to be able to make measurements of your teeth, gums, etc. in the planning process. The advanced training that these doctors receive teaches them to take pictures after treatment also. This is so they can evaluate their work and get better. Cosmetic dentistry is an art that your dentist develops at with each finished case. Demand to see before and after pictures of any dentist that you are considering for your prosthodontic makeover.
Reconstructive dentistry has an artistic component
Your prosthodontic makeover will have the most favorable results when you pick an artistic doctor. Prosthodontics is a highly analytical subspecialty that makes many treatment decisions based on mathematical formulas. Makeovers can be tremendously complicated and the making decisons based on anatomical averages is a logical protocol. Dr. Fondriest has mentored many prosthodontists to trust their artistic side also. He has found that the best outcomes come when the doctor has an artistic talent and understands balance and symmetry.
Other artistic talents are required to make an artificial cap or veneer appear natural. Making porcelain look like real teeth requires a talented ceramist. The doctor rarely makes the crowns. As you might guess, there are bad ceramists and there are good ones. You will be lucky if your doctor works with a master ceramist.
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 Prosthodontic Reconstructive Dentistry
A prosthodontic makeover will offer an array of benefits that are long-lasting. Some of the advantages include:
- 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 Complicated Smile Makeovers, it is to your benefit to contact a trusted dental professional.
Addressing gum display is a major part of a prosthodontic makeover
One of the most prevalent issues many individuals face is that of too much gum showing or uneven gum growth. These issues usually are addressed during a prosthodontic makeover by pushing or removing gum tissue to create more symmetry. The removal of extra gum is called a gum lift. Pushing uneven gum tissue can be done with specially crafted custom restorations. Thoughtful analysis of your smile will help you to achieve optimal balance and symmetry.
Reasons for Overgrowth of Gums
While poor dental hygiene may be a contributing factor of gum overgrowth, there are other reasons. Those reasons include:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Hormonal changes
Benefits of Reconstructive Dentistry for Gum Problems
A prosthodontic makeover can have a lasting positive impact on addressing gum problems. Some of those benefits include:
- Treatment from a specialized professional
- A thorough examination of gums and teeth
- Comprehensive care, that addresses health issues and problematic gum growth
Learn more about getting a prosthodontic makeover
If you would like to learn more about the process of getting a prosthodontic makeover, we invite tyou to come in for a second opinion in our Chicago area location. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling 847-234-0517. We look forward to providing you with specialized care.