This is a case of old, worn, chipped and cracked veneers being replaced with porcelain crowns. Why porcelain crowns and not porcelain veneers? There are a number of factors that go into making a decision between porcelain crowns vs. porcelain veneers. In this case, we determined porcelain crowns were better suited to restore the biting surfaces between the upper and lower teeth while also restoring the bright smile the patient desired. The case could have also been done with porcelain veneers and still been a success. Regardless of the material chosen, a night guard is recommended in this case to protect the porcelain crowns during sleep and stabilize the temporamandibular joint (TMJ). This case was performed in three visits without dental sedation. First visit, study models were taken and a wax-up of the ideal smile was performed. Second, the patient was anesthetized with local anesthesia and the teeth were shaped to receive the porcelain crowns. Temporary crowns were placed that the patient was returned for an approved smile visit. Lastly, the final porcelain crown restorations were seated, approved by the patient, and then permanently bonded on the teeth to complete the smile makeover with porcelain crowns.
Dr. Hank Michael at Sarasota Dentistry is an expert Cosmetic and Implant Dentist in Sarasota, FL. Dr. Michael graduated from the University of Florida in 2001 prior to coming back to his home town of Sarasota to practice General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry.
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