Many people don't realize that an esthetic smile not only requires beautiful, symmetrical teeth, but also requires that the gum tissue contours be symmetrical and to the correct proportions. One of the most challenging procedures in implant dentistry is to achieve ideal gum tissue contours in the esthetic zone, otherwise known as the upper front teeth, or the teeth you see when you smile. In the above case, we were able to achieve these ideal contours perfectly, making tooth loss virtually undetectable. This patient broke off his front tooth due to trauma leaving it unrestorable. The remaining root was extracted and an implant was placed immediately into the socket. An impression was made during the time of surgery and a customized healing cuff (seen in the above photo) was fabricated and screwed into the implant that same day. The purpose of the custom healing cuff was to preserve the original gum tissue contours. Without it, the gum tissue would collapse in toward the socket changing the ideal contours and compromising a perfect esthetic outcome. After the implant had healed and fully integrated to the bone, the final restoration (crown) was fabricated, resulting in a beautiful smile. No one will ever know that this patient lost his front tooth.
At Davis Dental, we pride ourselves in providing patients with the best dentistry available. With every case, we strive for the most perfect outcome achievable. If you are in need of dental implants or other dental work and you are impressed with the work we have presented to you, please contact us at (801) 292-5812, or visit our websites:
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Conference in Orlando, Florida 2014
About American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
The AACD Mission The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD) is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care. The AACD fulfills its mission by: offering superior educational opportunities; promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential; serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas; and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.
Lectures Dr. Davis will attend include the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry including soft tissue aesthetics for cosmetic implants.
Becoming an Accredited Member of the AACD
By attending these courses and conferences Dr. Davis is working towards AACD accreditation.
What does AACD accreditation mean?
With the formation of the Accreditation and Fellowship Programs, the AACD began offering the most stringent and respected postgraduate certification in cosmetic dentistry to both dentists and laboratory technicians. Accreditation, Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, and AACD's cutting-edge Annual Scientific Session have solidified the Academy's position as the leading cosmetic dental organization in the world. AACD members are recognized as professionals dedicated to constant improvement of their skills and knowledge, and to making the life-changing benefits of cosmetic dentistry available to more people every year.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry? Cosmetic dentistry is comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, aesthetics, and function.
Excellence through Education The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry's fundamental principle is to promote education. The Academy holds annual scientific sessions throughout North America. The focus of the annual conference is to allow practitioners to exchange new ideas and receive meaningful, interdisciplinary, and actionable information on the latest in clinical procedures, materials and methods, cosmetic practice development, and self-enrichment. In addition, dentists may earn AGD continuing education credits, as well as credit towards achieving Accredited status in the Academy.
One of the principle efforts of the AACD is the education, promotion, and acceptance of cosmetic dentistry practices by the general public. The AACD participates in international public relations efforts to raise the public's perception and understanding of cosmetic dentistry.
This 2 day course at Tischler Dental Laboratory in Woodstock, NY covered all steps of
treatment planning, surgery, prosthetics, and the laboratory aspects of the Prettau Zirconia
Bridge. The Prettau Bridge is a superior alternative to Bar Overdentures, Hybrid Bridges,
and PFM Screw Retained Bridges for many reasons. The Prettau Bridge rigidly splints
dental implants stronger than metals, and without the chance of chipping or staining, and
will likely out-live most patient's who receive it. It is stronger, more-durable, and far more
esthetic than any other full-arch implant restoration available. The Prettau Bridge was
developed in Europe and is now making it's debut in the US as the latest technology in
implant dentistry. The Prettau Bridge is providing patients the ability to smile and chew
again as if they had never lost their teeth, giving them the confidence and quality of life
that we all desire.
Dr. Davis testified that this is THE BEST course he has ever attended. He feels that incorporating the Prettau technology and methodology in his practice is a superior way to treat full-arch implant cases. Davis Dental in Bountiful, Utah is committed to providing patients the latest technology and the highest quality dentistry available and will be one of the first dental practices in Utah to offer the Prettau Implant Bridge on a regular basis.
Prettau Bridge Cases from Tischler Dental and Tischler Dental Laboratory
Michele has recently found that a career in the dental field gives her the ability to combine her interests in the medical profession and aesthetics with her background in cosmetology and CNA training. She enjoys working with a team of professionals who truly value patient care and comfort. New to the office, she successfully develops her skills, relationships with patients, and the Davis Dental team. At home, Michele stays busy with her daughter and family. https://www.facebook.com/davisdentalutah
Soft tissue grafting (gum grafting) was performed to cover exposed tooth roots, thicken the tissue, and to create aesthetic symmetry between both left and right sides. The teeth were restored with all porcelain crowns (Lynx Dental Lab) to create a natural-looking, perfect smile.
Purpose in attending conference: learn the latest technology and techniques for implant surgery and restoration. Dr. Davis is specifically interested in learning more about a new technique used for improved, quicker healing after implant surgery. This technique uses the patient's own blood to produce growth factors that are applied to the surgical site at the time of surgery producing predictable results and a more comfortable and faster recovery for the patient. Dr. Davis is excited to bring his knowledge back to Davis Dental in Bountiful.