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Life takes many twists and turns over time. These pictures chronicle approximately 7 years of these veneers in function. This man has been a patient in my Palm Harbor dental office for the whole time, continuously. He comes in very regularly for maintenance, which, for him, is just regular cleanings. He has required NO other dentistry or maintenance for his veneers.
It is impossible to answer the question How long do Veneers Last? precisely but these have been in function for 7 years.
These veneers were placed for this patient in my Palm Harbor Dentist office approximately 7 years ago. Notice what a tremendous improvement this has made in this mans smile.
Dentistry is an ever evolving field and I get great pleasure in helping people either in pain or wanting to improve their smile or ability to eat.
Notice, no ugly metal lines. As of 2012, cosmetic dentistry has come a long way. These four (two-two unit splints) were cemented on two implants and two natural teeth in December 2012. Most of my Dentist Palm Harbor patients want the most cosmetic result possible. This type of crown is quickly displacing the standard porcelain fused to metal crowns that have been the most commonly placed crown in the United States (world?) until recently. For back teeth, the full milled zirconia crown is or shortly will be king of crowns.
A dental flipper is one way to replace missing teeth. A dental flipper is usually the quickest, easiest, least invasive, least expensive and least comfortable tooth replacement. Dentists consider this a temporary type of tooth replacement, although patients may not view a dental flipper the same way.
This picture shows a dental flipper that was delivered on the same visit in my Palm Harbor dentist office that teeth #’s 8 & 9 were removed and the post extraction sites received site preservation bone grafts in anticipation of future dental implant placement.
Bonding is done in dental offices not only throughout Tampa but across the United States and the world. These pictures show chairside dental bonidng done in my Dentist office in Palm Harbor, FL on August 15, 2012.
This woman presented to my Tampa Bay, FL dental office this morning requesting that I improve the look of this upper left front tooth. This is tooth #11 in the tooth #10′s position. The secondary tooth #10 was congenitally missing and the orthodontist had move tooth #11 into its position. Then a cuspid/canine tooth was cosmetically altered to look like a lateral incisor. the existing bonding had broken down and was removed and replaced in my dentist office in the Tampa Florida area.
Both before and after pictures are seen.
One of best aspects of being a dentist in Palm Harbor, Florida is seeing a patient / treatment to the final smile. This series of pictures visually takes us from a missing front tooth (#9) to the final handsome smile. Let me start:
Loss of tooth #9
This athletic, competitive young man suffered the complete loss of tooth #9 due to trauma. He saw a dentist in New Jersey who made him a flipper and placed a dental implant.
Dental Implant #9
The dental implant is not a tooth, it is an artificial tooth root. To use the dental implant and abutment must be placed. In this case, a temporary plastic abutment was placed as well as processed provisional crowns on teeth #’s 7-10.
To achieve the most natural looking smile, we chose to use a zirconium abutment for the dental implant in the tooth #9 region. A zirconia abutment is white, and therefore much better looking than a standard metal / titanium abutment.
Non-metal containing Crowns
For decades, we dentists usually placed porcelain fused to metal crowns on all teeth. This is not the optimal choice for front crowns in the 21st century. These crowns are “e-max” crowns, no metal and very natural looking.
Why use a zirconia abutment?
Dental Implants are almost always made of titanium. The tooth, or crown, on the dental implant does not cement to the dental implant itself. The crown is cemented to the dental implant abutment. Originally, dental implant abutments were all made of titanium or a precious metal. When doing cosmetic dentistry, using crowns with no metal at all, a metal abutment presents with challenge. The crown on the dental implant abutment will be a different color. This is why I choose to use zirconia dental implant abutments in my Palm Harbor, FL dentist office, in cosmetically demanding positions of the mouth.
What is beauty? As the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Even though I am a dentist in the Tampa area of Florida, a tooth expert one might say, my idea of beauty may not be the same as the readers. To technically describe a beautiful female smile removes the emotions attached to beauty, but this is what I do every day in my dentist office in Palm Harbor.
My description of a beautiful, natural female smile applies to this picture. The central incisors (two front teeth) should be large and round. Very importantly, they should be centered with the midline of the nose (Tom Cruise’s is WAY off) and the lips can slightly cover the tooth or slight amount of gums can show. If gums do show, the space between the centrals needs pink healthy tissue with no dark holes. On tho the lateral incisors (the teeth next to the two front teeth. The lateral incisors should be rounded, 1/2 – 1 mm shorter than the centrals and 2/3 the width of the central incisors. The tip of the cuspids (canines, eye teeth) should be pointy and the same length as the central incisors. The bicuspids and even the first and possibly second molars can and do show in some very full female smiles. Farrah Faucet’s smile was so full that she showed 14 teeth! Imagine that even as a kid I was looking at smiles!
Although only one tooth was fixed in my Palm Harbor dentist office, the change in the smile is very apparent.
Practicing dentistry in the Tampa FL area for 24+ years has given me a relatively long term perspective on economic cycles. I believe this will be a long correction, but life goes on. I hopefully will be a dentist in Palm Harbor FL for many years. Dentistry is a business, it is health care, but fortunately dentistry is not socialized like medicine is. Dentistry / Tampa dentists need to adapt to a changing economic environment.