One of best aspects of being a dentist in Palm Harbor, Florida is seeing a patient / treatment to the final smile. This series of pictures visually takes us from a missing front tooth (#9) to the final handsome smile. Let me start:
Loss of tooth #9
This athletic, competitive young man suffered the complete loss of tooth #9 due to trauma. He saw a dentist in New Jersey who made him a flipper and placed a dental implant.
Dental Implant #9
The dental implant is not a tooth, it is an artificial tooth root. To use the dental implant and abutment must be placed. In this case, a temporary plastic abutment was placed as well as processed provisional crowns on teeth #’s 7-10.
To achieve the most natural looking smile, we chose to use a zirconium abutment for the dental implant in the tooth #9 region. A zirconia abutment is white, and therefore much better looking than a standard metal / titanium abutment.
Non-metal containing Crowns
For decades, we dentists usually placed porcelain fused to metal crowns on all teeth. This is not the optimal choice for front crowns in the 21st century. These crowns are “e-max” crowns, no metal and very natural looking.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A