Hopeless but Still Useful Primary Lateral Incisors in the Preservation of Vertical and Buccolingual Bone Dimension
Managing cases in which the maxillary permanent lateral incisors are congenitally missing is always challenging. Do we move the canines into the lateral spaces? Do we move the canines distally to open ideal permanent lateral-sized spaces? This case shows the body’s incredible ability to maintain bone volume in both the vertical and horizontal dimensions by preserving the primary laterals in a case with minimal periodontal attachment to the bone.
This 10-year-old girl presented at her initial exam with several congenitally missing permanent teeth. Her chief concern was “spaces between the teeth” and discolored permanent incisors. Her oral hygiene was excellent. Both the patient and her parents were concerned about the number of missing permanent teeth and were very receptive to a treatment plan that would address esthetics as well as function.
The patient was referred to our prosthodontics practice by his general dentist. He had undergone full-banded orthodontic treatment 25 years earlier because he disliked the Class II, division 2 flared maxillary laterals. He ended up having the wires removed once the maxillary laterals were in better alignment but before the completion of the orthodontic plan. About 10 years ago, the patient started Invisalign orthodontic therapy for unknown reasons but stopped wearing the aligners almost immediately. At the time he presented to our practice, he was concerned about the excessive wear on the mandibular anterior teeth.
Going the Extra Mile in Anterior Esthetic Treatment
A 32-year-old woman presented with an initial concern about the appearance of her smile and a fistula at tooth no 8: “I’m very worried about my smile. I have a fistula and need to know about implants. I wish my teeth were more properly shaped—actually, I wish they were perfect.”
What Comes First? Treating TMJ Pain or Esthetics
This 43-year-old woman presented for a consultation regarding pain in the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and esthetic concerns about short anterior teeth. She had pain in the right and left TMJs, with the pain being greater in the left joint. She had regular headaches, neck pain, ear pain, and facial pain.
Special Report 11
This Special Report showcases the high esthetics that can be achieved with a zirconia-based material in the hands of superior clinicians and lab technicians.