No one ever plans to have significant dental problems.  And while some dental problems are slow to form and chronic, others, like the case I am showing you today are sudden and unexpected.

It is one thing to break a back tooth.  It is something entirely different when a front tooth or in this case two front teeth fail.  If not panic, it gives you a sinking feeling and questions often come up, “Doc, is it hopeless?  What am I going to look like when I get this fixed?  Will it look natural?”  All perfectly good questions.

A Dental Nightmare!

A Dental Nightmare!

 

Situations like this only affirm my choice many years ago to become a dentist.  Dentistry in 2012 is awesome.

There is so much we can do to restore a mouth to a naturally appearing and healthy state and many times give the appearance that there was never anything wrong to begin with.

Sure it takes a lot of additional training, a commitment to continual learning, and an investment in the right technology, but it’s a great feeling to see a situation like this that appears hopeless in the patient’s eyes and be able to tell them, “We can fix this.”

A dental implant and porcelain crowns led to an awesome smile!

A dental implant and porcelain crowns led to an awesome smile!

In this particular case, while we were able to rebuild the front tooth, the lateral tooth was not savable and a dental implant was placed.

To say this case was tricky is an under-statement.  But careful planning and execution resulted in a stellar outcome.  But most importantly, the patient was very, very happy.

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