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!
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!
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.