Front Tooth Fillings DONE RIGHT!

Hi Everyone!

Chances are, you or somebody you know has chipped or broken a front tooth. Unfortunately, front teeth often take the brunt of sports injuries, car accidents or other trauma. So what do dentists do for broken front teeth?

Well…the answer is…it depends… ­čÖé

But today let’s focus on one of the more common scenarios with a broken front tooth, like in the picture shown below:

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In a case like this, if the nerve of the tooth is healthy, a reasonable option is to place a composite restoration to restore the tooth to its original appearance.

The goal (of course) is to create a restoration that looks like the patient’s┬ánatural tooth! In order to do so, I use a layering technique to rebuild the different segments of the tooth. Every tooth is different, and requires it’s own unique “recipe” to get right. There are many things to consider such as Value (lightness and darkness), Hue (color), Chroma (intensity), Translucency (show through) and Characterization (shape and texture of the final restoration).

Below is a simplified diagram of how I layer the different materials in order to achieve a lifelike, natural result.


Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 2.56.54 PMThe left side of the diagram shows front tooth from a side view, in order to show the layers.

If all the layers are chosen correctly, and applied properly, we can achieve beautiful results like this!

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Dentistry by: Dr. Aaron Palmer

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s blog! And please, if you think you or anyone you know of could benefit from this type of high-quality dentistry, call Smile Design Ellsworth! I’d be happy to help!

Until next month!

Dr. Palmer

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