As children, most of us take our teeth for granted and do not take good care of them. I believe, as we age, we appreciate our body parts more. In youth we feel that we, and all of our body parts will last forever. With age, things wear out.
Teeth are an interesting body part, the body cannot repair teeth as it can repair most other parts. Teeth are static, once made, we have no “natural” repair mechanism. What happens if this tiger breaks a tooth? Can it go to its neighborhood Palm Harbor Dentist? In the wild, a broken tooth is most likely a death sentence for a big cat, but not for us humans, we can get our teeth fixed or removed and replaced.
I am not sure of the esthetic value of teeth for wild animals, I am sure of their value for humans. Most of us are not comfortable with missing teeth, especially ones that show. The value of a smile cannot be overstated.
The following pictures show one use of “prepless dental veneers”. Dental veneers are thin covers or facings that are bonded to teeth. A prepless veneer makes a tooth thicker. In most situations, the use of a prepless veneer causes a tooth or teeth to stick out too far. In this particular situation, the two central incisors (two front teeth) are set back, bringing them forward gives a more rounded smile. This work was done in my Palm Harbor, FL dental office in October – November 2015.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A