When this patient first came in, she had one of her front teeth completely off at the gumline.
Now, in these after photos, can you even tell which tooth is the fake one?
I love being able to do one-day dentistry! This patient was able to get a root canal, crown, filling and cleaning in a single visit.
This patient looked me up and found me because I was her dentist 10 years ago. Since then, she had gotten veneers at another dentist. When she came to see me in Encinitas a few weeks ago, she has a few requests: She let me know that she never liked the color on those veneers. …
I’ve really been looking forward to this video being done, and now it’s here!
I wanted to make a video highlighting some of the key benefits that Moonlight Beach Dental offers people.
At the same time, the video highlights Moonlight Beach Dental’s whole-body, biologic philosophy – meaning that since teeth are connected to the body, dental health can effect overall health.
This patient drove 5 hours for a consult here at Moonlight Beach Dental. She had a tooth removed 6 months ago, and she wanted the tooth replaced in a conservative and natural way. It turns out that the doctor who took her tooth out damaged the bone, so she could not be a candidate for an implant.
Ahh! What is that, you say? This here is an extracted tooth with a little something extra on it. The patient came in for a different treatment, but we noticed a “pimple” that was draining on the gum. That pimple was a fistula, and it was pus draining from a failing root canal that was performed years prior at another dentist.
I think this is it… the perfect example of the difference crowns done well can make.
You can see in the before pics, how the existing crowns from another dentist make the patient look 10 years older.
And in the afters, you’ll see how by replacing just 4 teeth in a single visit, she looks 10 years younger.
Many of my patients are extremely loyal… this one flies in from New Mexico just to have her dental work done at Moonlight Beach Dental!
She had a unique case with some unique requirements. Check out the before and after pics on this one!
This patient didn’t like that his teeth were wearing down. He compensated by showing very little of his teeth while speaking. This made him look angry or grumpy, and indeed his face had started to have a frowning appearance.
As a lawyer, it was important that didn’t look upset all of the time.
This patient hated her crowns. They were done 10 years ago to mask her tetracycline-stained teeth.
She also had an open bite. Several other doctors told her she needed to have her jaw broken, braces, and 28 crowns done to restore her bite. She was very concerned about having “fake looking teeth”.
To top all that off, she is phobic, and wanted to be sedated to have any dental work.
This patient was missing a veneer on a malformed tooth that fell off after 1 day!
Her previous dentist really struggled with her complex bite (an underbite). Making it even more complicated, she is missing the matching tooth on the opposite side, so creating a mirror image that fit her unique bite was very difficult.
Our last post was about the difficulty of matching a single front tooth, especially one with a mosaic of colors.
This patient had a crown placed by her old dentist many years ago. As you can see, the shade and shape do not match, and you can see the unsightly metal collar from the metal of the crown.
This patient fell forward and chipped her tooth on the pavement. Needless to say, she was very traumatized.
For dentists, it can be difficult to match a single front tooth with porcelain. But, since we are able to do most treatments in a single visit, we are able to customize the porcelain.
When a porcelain crown is deemed necessary, we use monolithic materials. This means the crown is made from a single piece. Many older crowns are composed of porcelain fused to a metal base, and can fail and break easier.
This patient had deep root decay – down to the bone. What’s great is that we were able to push the tissue back and design a crown so that the tissue can grow back – up against the porcelain!