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Bonding Peg Laterals

Charlotte cosmetic dentist, Charlotte Dentist, Charlotte dentistry, Charlotte Uptown Dentiston May 6th, 2010Comments Off on Bonding Peg Laterals

So the photo in the post below shows a ‘peg’ lateral that is very small proportionally compared to the other teeth around it.  Knowing this, the orthodontist and I discussed our options.  We could do one of two possible treatments.  Both would lead to my eventual bonding of the tooth, or in this case, BOTH laterals, to increase the size and correct the proportion between all of this young lady’s teeth.

Bonding small laterals

Charlotte cosmetic dentist, Charlotte Dentist, Charlotte NC Dentist, Southpark cosmetic dentist, Southpark dentiston May 3rd, 2010Comments Off on Bonding small laterals

Your discussion should revolve around the ultimate goal for these teeth.  If the size discrepancy is small, then everyone may agree to simply close the spaces during the orthodontic treatment.  However, many times the size difference is too great to do this:

Bonding small laterals

Charlotte cosmetic dentist, Charlotte Dental Care, Charlotte Dentist, Charlotte dentistryon April 30th, 2010Comments Off on Bonding small laterals

Many, many people have teeth that are undersized, or too small, compared to their other teeth.  Often these are the lateral incisors.  When they are very small they are often called ‘Peg’ laterals.  If these are found in a child you should have a frank discussion with your dentist and orthodontist about the ultimate plan for these teeth.  Here’s an example of this:

Broken porcelain-

Charlotte cosmetic dentist, Charlotte Dentist, Charlotte dentistry, Charlotte Uptown Dentiston August 6th, 2009Comments Off on Broken porcelain-

So this piece of a crown was broken, and we needed to get the patient fixed up as quickly as possible.

Broken porcelain

Broken porcelain

The solution? We quickly re-bonded the piece back into place.

Bonding broken porcelain

Bonding broken porcelain

Crown and filling

Charlotte cosmetic dentist, Charlotte Dental Care, Charlotte Dentist, Charlotte dentistryon July 20th, 2009Comments Off on Crown and filling

These two teeth were in need of some help.  The one had a large, old tooth-colored filling that had begun to discolor and decay.  The tooth behind it also had a very large tooth-colored filling and was also starting to develop a cavity. You can see the margin of an old porcelain crown on the tooth behind it.

Old filling

Old filling

Cracked tooth

Charlotte Dentist, Charlotte dentistry, Southpark DDS, Southpark dentiston July 1st, 2009Comments Off on Cracked tooth

A ‘wake board’ is what took care of the edge of this tooth.  Ideally we’d like to retain the fractured portion of the tooth and try and bond it back onto the remaining tooth structure.  When fit properly the crack is almost imperceptible and the tooth remains stable for a very long time.  But since this was long-gone (sitting at the bottom of a lake somewhere) we would have to re-build the tooth out of composite.

Fractured tooth

Fractured tooth

Cracked tooth

Charlotte cosmetic dentist, Charlotte Dentist, Charlotte Uptown Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist in Charlotte, Cosmetic Dentistry Charlotte, Crowns, Southpark dentiston June 30th, 2009Comments Off on Cracked tooth
Cracked tooth

Cracked tooth

A fun day of boating led to this cracked tooth.  There was no hot, cold, or bite sensitivity so it became and esthetic issue.  What was the best course of action to quickly repair this tooth?

New crowns-

Charlotte cosmetic dentist, Charlotte Dentist, Charlotte photography, Charlotte veneerson April 23rd, 2009Comments Off on New crowns-

And the final portrait photo of our pretty patient and her new, gorgeous smile!

New crowns

Another hidden cavity

Charlotte cosmetic dentist, Charlotte Dental Care, Charlotte Dentist, Charlotte dentistryon February 23rd, 2009Comments Off on Another hidden cavity

As I said earlier, I’ve seen many more of these ‘hidden’ cavities.  They’re tough to detect but are still really large.  Here’s another example.  This is what the tooth looked like beforehand:

Cavity-before

Hidden cavity

Charlotte Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist in Charlotte, Cosmetic Dentist South Park, Southpark dentiston January 29th, 2009Comments Off on Hidden cavity

Here’s something that we’re seeing more and more of…cavities that are tough to diagnose, but still substantial in size.  I really think this is due to the hardness of enamel from fluoride use over the years.  Don’t misunderstand…I think fluoride is an excellent means to deter cavities. The problem is when the bacteria finally break through the enamel.  Let’s start with this case:

Cavity-before

Yes, you can see the dark grooves that indicate a cavity.  But wait….there’s more!