Cosmetic & Full Mouth
Allowing Drs. Grace and Hefner to enhance your smile can change your life. A poll of readers of USA Today stated that your smile is the number-one physical feature people notice first about you. We look at your smile like an artform. It also has to be functional from the standpoint of chewing and speaking. It is the magic of blending art and science to give you the beautiful smile you have always wanted!
Replacing Old Dentistry
Twentieth century changed to 21st century dentistry. Amalgams or silver fillings expand over time and fracture teeth. Teeth do not break because “they are weak.” We know this because we never see fractures around bonds or bonded inlays or even gold inlays.
Full Mouth Restoration
A “bad bite” can cause worn down teeth, tooth loss, periodontal problems and even change the lower one third of the face. By using the latest technology, we can determine where your bite should be and restore your mouth to its proper function.
Cosmetic Case #1
The “Before” picture. One of our favorite cases! “After” restoration. Yes, those are 24 individual porcelain crowns – beautiful!
Full month rehabilitations are not just for cosmetics. By opening the bite, many neuromuscular problems such as headaches and joint pain can be remedied. This particular patient had worn his teeth down to the point of a lot of sensitivity. His bite was opened 6 mm and we established a very nice cosmetic result. This case is 10 years old and the patient brought us a turkey last Thanksgiving!
Cosmetic Case #2
What a gorgeous transformation for this patient’s smile!
This patient, as you can see, had tremendous gum recession and extreme wear at the necks of all teeth. It required a few root canals and 28 porcelain crowns. He comes from Charleston for his appointments after many years.
Cosmetic Case #3
What a difference!
This patient had a lot of old silver fillings and wanted to improve his smile. We did a full mouth rehabilitation. We began, 10 years ago, with all porcelain crowns on every tooth for full mouth rehabilitations. On some patients, particularly bruxers (people that grind their teeth), some of those crowns would fracture. There are much harder porcelains now, called zirconia, you cannot break with a hammer. Experience in full mouth rehabs is so important.
Cosmetic Case #4
This 70+-year-old male was wearing his lower front teeth down due to crowns with metal backings on his upper front teeth and a deep bite. We lasered tissue onto his front teeth to get the proper contour of the gums. To open the bite sufficiently, it required 28 crowns.
We utilize a soft-tissue laser to reshape the gums for various reasons, remove soft-tissue lesions and help us achieve a health margin in a crown preparation. By using lower powers, discomfort afterwards is nonexistent.
White Fillings (Bonds)
Metal restorations are a thing of the 20th century. Composite bonding restores the tooth to its natural beauty and function and adds strength to the tooth compared to silver fillings. A bond will reduce the possibility of a future fracture of the tooth.