September 18, 2014

Mission Viejo cosmetic dentist fixes brown teeth with porcelain veneers

As a youth Lynn fell, chipping off part of her front tooth. After a root canal and composite filling the tooth was no longer chipped, but was dark brown in color. After thirty years of not having a nice smile Lynn finally decided to get great looking teeth with cosmetic dentistry by Dr. Huefner.

Lynn from Mission Viejo had a dental problem.  No, her teeth didn’t hurt, nor were they infected.  It was the way her teeth looked, especially the brown front tooth.  That really bothered her! Since she lived in Mission Viejo she first went to another Mission Viejo cosmetic dentist, but she said “that didn’t work out” and came to see Dr. Huefner.

It seems like every patient who comes in to see us has “a story”, and Lynn certainly had hers.  When she was a youngster she was playing with her friends and tripped, falling down on her face and chipping her front tooth.  “It really hurt”, she said.  A few days later the tooth started turning dark so her mother finally took her to the family dentist who did a root canal treatment and then a bonded filling.  The bonded filling and root canal relieved her pain and fixed the chipped tooth, but her tooth “never looked right after that”, she said.  Her front tooth was still dark and she went through the rest of her youth and early adult life with an ugly front tooth and without a pretty smile.

It was obvious that this had bothered her for so many years that before Dr. Huefner would treat Lynn he needed to know if she just wanted him to fix the one front tooth or to fix several of her teeth and make her a much nicer smile?  What end result was she really seeking?

Lynn said that she has waited for over thirty years to finally get her tooth fixed, but now that she was ready to finally get cosmetic dentistry she wanted to know what else Dr. Huefner could do for her to really get nice looking teeth and a great smile?

porcelain veneers mission viejo

Lower photo: Lynn hated her brown front tooth that had been fixed with composite bonding when she was a child. She wanted all her teeth to be the same color and to have straight, white teeth. Upper photo: Lynn got the beautiful smile with straight, white teeth that she had always wanted. Dr. Huefner bleached her lower teeth and placed ten porcelain dental veneers on her upper teeth.

Dr. Huefner asked her what exactly she meant by a great smile?  Lynn told him the following:

  • she wanted the brown tooth to match all her other teeth
  • she really wanted all her teeth whiter
  • her teeth were crooked because she never got braces as a kid, she would like her teeth to be straight

Mission Viejo cosmetic dentist offers Lynn solution to solve her dental problems

After attentively listening to Lynn and then examining her teeth and smile Dr. Huefner suggested that he do two things for her, and by doing both of these things she would have beautiful teeth and a great looking smile.  First, he would bleach Lynn’s lower teeth with Zoom teeth whitening.  Second, he would place ten porcelain veneers on Lynn’s upper teeth.   The porcelain veneers would correct all the problems that she listed, making her teeth much whiter, all matching in color and straight without needing to do any braces.  Furthermore, Lynn’s entire treatment with teeth bleaching and porcelain veneers could be completed in less than a month’s time!

Mission Viejo cosmetic dentist

Lynn's new smile with porcelain veneers on her upper teeth and Zoom teeth whitening on her lower teeth. Her entire treatment was completed in under a month's time.

After discussing the whole process with Dr. Huefner Lynn said that it all sounded really good but she would first have to discuss it with her husband.  A few days later Lynn called back and she was very excited.  “My husband wasn’t too keen on the idea of cosmetic dentistry for me at first, but when he finally realized how much it meant to me he said OK, it would be my birthday gift!  What a great guy.”

Lynn returned the following week to begin her teeth bleaching and porcelain veneer treatment.  Everything went smooth and kept on schedule.  She got her new smile with straight, white teeth in under a month, just as Dr. Huefner had promised her.

Dr. Norm Huefner, Orange County and Mission Viejo cosmetic dentist
www.drhuefner.com

Perfect Porcelain Crown and Porcelain Veneer Tooth Shapes Personalized for Your New Smile

Personalized Porcelain Veneer Tooth Shapes Major Factor in How Your New Smile Will Look

Enhanced Smile design for porcelain veneers or crowns

This is one of our most popular smile designs, the Enhanced Smile Style. The original design came from the LVI Smile Catalog by Dr. William Dickerson which was utilized as a template and then customized by Dr. Huefner and his ceramist Dave Stohlman from LK Dental Studio.

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and smile and are considering porcelain veneers or crowns beware!  If you want your smile to look real and natural, and fit your face and personality, then “cookie cutter” or “one type fits all” porcelain veneers or crowns very likely won’t do that for you.  Make sure to discuss your goals with your cosmetic dentist, to make sure that he can and will customize your smile in a manner that will give you the best results and meet your expectations.

natural length central incisors

This young lady in her mid twenties did not have any dentistry done on her central incisors. Note the length and shape of the central incisors, that they are longer than they are wide and that the corners are slightly rounded. Her central incisors are unworn and beautiful. Dr. Huefner did two porcelain veneers on her lateral incisors though. This is a very youthful feminine smile design.

When designing a smile there are three approaches your cosmetic dentist might utilize by themselves or in combination with each other in their goal for the perfect porcelain crown and porcelain veneer tooth shapes for your new smile.  This all depends on the training, experience, and of course very important, the artistic ability of the dentist.  But most important is how the dentist actively listens to YOU and then his effort striving to create an individual smile that achieves your goals.  This process is called smile design.  But understand that cosmetic dentistry is a true art form, and rarely would two different cosmetic dentists create identical smile designs for the same patient.

worn teeth restored with porcelain veneers

Lower photo: This lady in her 60s had severely worn and darkly discolored teeth. She wanted a bright, white, more youthful and feminine smile. Upper photo: This is the same lady after having porcelain veneers. The shape and length of her teeth were restored to the way they were when she was much younger. Specifically note that the veneered incisors are longer than they are wide, compared to the lower photo where they are shorter than they are wide. Also notice the veneered teeth have slightly rounded corners, where as her worn teeth has square corners. The color she chose for her veneers was a bleaching shade BL1, much whiter light natural colored teeth.

Several important things that the experienced cosmetic dentist should be specifically concerned with are obviously the tooth color and length of the teeth.  Also important are the types of restorations, all porcelain dental veneers, partial coverage crowns or all porcelain full crowns.  Things like specific type of porcelain material used, amount of translucency and surface texture are also of concern that effect the naturalness and end results.  However one of the very most important things that you and your dentist need to discuss and consider is the porcelain crown or porcelain veneer tooth shapes. Let’s discuss this very important aspect of individualizing porcelain veneers and crowns and the creation of an individualized “personality” by varying tooth shapes.

soft femine incisors

This lady in her early 60s has not had any cosmetic dentistry. Her teeth have discolored a little over the years but have hardly shown any signs of wear. Note that there aren't any sharp corners on her incisors and they are all slightly rounded. Her lateral incisors are shorter and much smaller than her central incisors and have a very feminine appearance. Cosmetic dentists try to keep these concepts in mind when designing porcelain veneers or crowns for women.

You probably haven’t ever thought about it, but the shape of each of the upper front six teeth play a different role in smile design. The front two teeth, called the central incisors, have the role of the perception of tooth age. The teeth next to the central incisors, the second tooth on each side from the front teeth are called the lateral incisors. They are the teeth that impart gender to the smile design. The next tooth back from the lateral incisors, the “eye teeth” or canine teeth, impart personality. I will explain how each of these teeth perform their respective roles.

masculine porcelain veneers

Three men with masculine smile designs. Note that the lateral incisors are almost the same length as the central incisors. Also that all four incisors have more square corners compared to the feminine smiles. Interesting footnote is that we have generally found that most women prefer to have whiter porcelain veneers than most men.

Rectangular central incisors with rounded corners appear more youthful than shorter teeth with square corners

First, the central incisors, which are the most obvious teeth to be seen.  Or if they are very short teeth and/or if the patient has a long upper lip sometimes these teeth are not even seen. In a young person the central incisors appear rectangular, longer than they are wide, with rounded corners, and are usually 10.5 mm to 11.5 mm in length. However, with age and wear these teeth shorten over the years, sometimes as much as 1-5 mm by the time one gets to middle or late age. Along with shortening, the central incisors oftentimes become more square in shape, so the tooth width and tooth length are almost the same.  If severe wear, the length will be less than the width.  Usually these short teeth have worn down to the point that they have square corners rather than the normal round corners of younger teeth. Thus, for someone who is concerned with their appearance and the perception of their age we need to specifically be concerned with how we make the length and shape of the front two teeth.  Personally, I tend to always try to make my patients look at least a little younger. That’s a good idea, isn’t it? I have yet to have a patient tell me they want to look older, however I don’t discount the fact that somewhere in this country there are a couple patients who might think that way.

pointy cuspids made less aggressive looking with porcelain veneers

Lower photo: This patient not only had very crooked incisors but his long pointed cuspids gave him a very aggressive smile. Upper photo: We placed porcelain veneers to straighten his crooked teeth, but also toned down his cuspids making them shorter and less pointed, giving him a more passive looking smile.

The important concept here is that by changing the length and shape of worn central incisors with porcelain veneers or crowns cosmetic dentists can give their patient a much younger looking smile. Also, teeth in general usually darken with age, so to compliment this goal when doing multiple porcelain veneers or crowns we almost always make the new porcelain veneers or crowns lighter in color than the teeth were before treatment.  How much we do to change the color and lengthen and change the shape of the teeth depends a lot on the wishes of the patient.

orange county porcelain veneers

Lower photo: This young lady had two main concerns. She hated her pointy cuspids and felt her lateral incisors were way too short and rounded. Upper photo: Note how we improved her smile with porcelain veneers. The shape of the cuspids veneers was less pointy and the shape of the lateral incisor veneers was longer and less round. She also wanted whiter teeth, so obviously we did that with the porcelain veneers too.

Shape of lateral incisors make smile appear more masculine or feminine

Next, varying the shape of the lateral incisors porcelain veneers can make a smile look more feminine or more masculine, imparting some gender characteristics. Thus for women, we shape the lateral incisors porcelain veneers to be more rounded at the end, and also slightly shorter than the central incisors. We call this a “gull wing” silhouette.

For men, we usually lengthen the lateral incisors porcelain veneers to be almost the same length as the central incisors and make them more square in shape, which makes their teeth look more masculine.

This genderizing of the teeth is very important for someone who wants a personalized smile.  Think how horrid it would look if the cosmetic dentist made feminine lateral incisors for a very masculine guy.  Or if the dentist made masculine incisors for a very feminine lady?  What is sad is that too many dentists do cookie cutter dentistry, making every smile the same and don’t personalize or genderize the smile design.  This whole process starts with the dentist and patient working to a common goal, and then their decision has to be communicated to the ceramist who actually makes the porcelain veneers and crowns.

porcelain veneers orange county shapes

These are a number of patients that Dr. Huefner has treated in his practice with porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns. Notice the variations in size, shape, length, color and proportions of each tooth. Which smiles are your favorites and why? Customizing and personalizing each smile design to the individual patient is extremely important.

Shape of the cuspid teeth influence the perception of personality – generally avoid aggressive or passive extremes

Considerations for porcelain crown and porcelain veneer tooth shapes do not end with the central and lateral incisors.  Probably the most interesting is the choice in shape of the canine teeth, as these are the teeth that most imparts “personality” to the smile design. Cuspids that are pointy, more prominent, and longer than their adjacent teeth impart a more “aggressive” smile. This is used most often when a patient wants to appear “more powerful” with their new smile. The opposite can be created by flattening or rounding the tip of the cuspids and making them less prominent, giving the patient a more “passive” appearance. This design would be used most often with a large person or one with many strong, dominant facial and body features who wants to soften their appearance with their porcelain veneers or crowns. Most patients prefer that we create for them a more normal cuspid, not leaning to either the “aggressive” or “passive” cuspids in our smile design.

I should point out again that this is all “dental art form” and much depends on the training, skill, experience, and most importantly the artistic ability of the cosmetic dentist.  There is no one “right” or “wrong” smile design, but what is most important that the cosmetic dentist discusses smile design options with the patient and that the patient have their input as to their preferences. Sometimes these are subtle differences with regard to shape, length and color of their new porcelain veneers and other times the changes can make a dramatic difference.

 Tooth shapes from LVI Smile Catalog by Dr. William Dickerson

This is the LVI Smile Catalog by Dr. William Dickerson, founder of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Summerland, NV. It is advisable to just look at the general shapes and disregard the names and tooth colors.

But if you truly want natural looking teeth and smiles, one that goes with your face, personality and age you want to project, then definitely avoid cosmetic dentists with a cookie cutter one size fits all approach.  Interview your cosmetic dentist and take special note on whether or not the dentist listens to your concerns.  What recommendation does he have and what approach will he use.  Ask to see photos of his work.  In your discussions note any recommendations your dentist has as to smile and tooth design and any specific concerns about the length or shape of the porcelain veneer or porcelain crown teeth.

Choosing crown and porcelain veneer tooth shapes from a smile library

The Loren Library

This is Loren Library, another very popular tooth shapes library for porcelain veneer or crown shapes.

There are many cosmetic dentists who don’t prefer to personally design the smiles themselves and utilize another very popular and acceptable technique, choosing a smile design from one of the recognized smile libraries.  In our experience the two most popular libraries are the LVI Smile Catalog and the Loren Library.  From these libraries either the dentist, patient or both together can choose the desired tooth shape designs.  The upside of utilizing these catalogs are that virtually every combination of tooth shapes can be seen.  The downside is that with so many it can really be confusing.  Also, the names of the smile styles can often influence the decision.  For example the “Hollywood smile style”.  Many people with either hate or love that style just because of the name.  I caution against looking at the extreme styles.  In general either pointed or flat cuspids aren’t as popular, where slightly rounded cuspids are.  Also very flat incisors with very square corners or very rounded incisors aren’t as popular either. Slightly square or slightly rounded incisors tend to be better accepted by patient.  The most important function for these smile libraries are that they are a starting point, a place to begin the discussion with your cosmetic dentist.  Tell your cosmetic dentist your preferences and what you like about each individual style.  But also take heed and listen to your cosmetic dentist if he or she think that a particular style won’t look good or be appropriate for you and your type of face.  However the bottom line is that the final decision on the tooth shape should be yours.

As a cosmetic dentist there is nothing more exciting to me than creating the perfect smile for one of my patients who has old, worn out, crooked or otherwise unattractive looking teeth.  The right smile can give one more confidence and enhance business and personal relationships.  We have had many patients who got a smile makeover with porcelain veneers or crown that actually changed their life! The selection of the best porcelain crown or porcelain veneer tooth shapes is a huge part of this success.

Dr. Norm Huefner, Orange County cosmetic dentist
www.drhuefner.com

Trial Smile temporary veneers help patient and dentist design teeth

trial smile porcelain veneers and crowns

Bottom photo: There were many things about her teeth that Collette didn't like and wanted improved. Middle photo: Dr. Huefner designed Collette's "trial smile" based on what she had told him and what he thought would look best. However she wanted several changes made to the "trial smile" before she would approve of the design. Upper photo: The final smile makeover with porcelain veneers and a porcelain crown based on Collette's goals. Notice that not only is the color whiter than the "trial smile" teeth, but Collette also asked for slightly longer and more slender shaped front teeth.

Trial smile temporary veneers and crowns eliminates guesswork and enhances success and patient satisfaction

The anxiety of not knowing what the final results of cosmetic dentistry will be, either with dental veneers or porcelain crowns, is  a huge aspect that hinders many patients from having cosmetic dentistry done.  At least with clothes, a TV, car or house you know what it’s going to look like before you buy it.  With cosmetic dentistry you know you want nicer looking teeth, but do you and the dentist have the same end results in mind?  What if you go through the entire process and don’t like the teeth and smile that your cosmetic dentist has designed and made for you?

When cosmetic dentists do smile makeovers with porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns there is much for your dentist to determine.  What color will the new teeth be?  How long will they be?  What shape will each tooth be?  How thick or thin? How much to lean the teeth outwards or inwards? How much of the gums show?  Are the gums uneven or would the patient benefit from adjusting their shape with the dental gum laser? A skilled cosmetic dentist who has years of training and experience in cosmetic dentistry takes all this into consideration when designing the new smile and communicates this with the patient.  But what if the cosmetic dentist does everything that he or she is taught and designs the new smile according to normal standards and the patient doesn’t like the result?  This is a legitimate fear that many patients  and dentists have, but fortunately many cosmetic dentists will now incorporate a unique and very helpful procedure that eliminates much of the fear of the unknown before the final dental veneers are made.

What am I referring to?  Cosmetic dentists call this first stage of treatment the “trial smile” or the “provisional temporary” stage.  Actually the way we treat our cosmetic patients is to make two sets of veneers or crowns.  The first ones we’re referring to here are made of composite plastic.  We do this after carefully listening to the patient about their likes and dislikes and then evaluating the patient’s teeth, gums, lips and face the cosmetic dentist designs teeth that he/she think will give the patient the results they are seeking.  But what if the patient doesn’t like the newly completed porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns?  What if they aren’t the right color or shape?  Or if the patient wants the new teeth longer or shorter?  Wouldn’t it be a lot better to find out these things and make appropriate adjustments before the final dental veneers or crowns are made of porcelain by the lab?

This is the beauty of the trial smile temporary veneers and crowns. The patient gets to wear the “trial smile” for a few days or possibly weeks if they prefer to evaluate how the teeth look, feel and function and then make those corrections in the “trial smile” stage and/or before the final porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers are made by the lab.  And also very importantly, if the teeth are made longer are there any problems with speech?  Front teeth that are too long may challenges speaking certain sounds like the “V” or “F”.

As an example, if a patient thinks he wants shade BL4, and the cosmetic dentist makes the trial smile temporary veneers and crowns in shade BL4 and then the patient changes his mind because he thinks that he still wants “whiter teeth”, then with considerably more confidence the cosmetic dentist can make the final dental veneers or porcelain crowns lighter than the “trial smile“, possibly shade BL2 or BL1.  Important, see tooth shades or color.  By the way this happens a lot!  In our experience more than 50% of the time patients choose a color, wear it in the “trial smile” and then choose the final color for the porcelain one or two shades whiter.

What if the teeth are too short or too long?  If too long the dentist can shorten the trial smile temporary veneers and crowns.  If too short the cosmetic dentist can add to the length of the “trial smile” teeth.  This is an extremely important aspect in the smile design process,  getting the length of the patient’s  new teeth perfect and along with that, a written approval of that length from the patient.

crooked teeth and mismatched porcelain crown before smile makeover

Collette had crooked short teeth and a mismatched porcelain crown on one of her front teeth. She wanted straight, white teeth that were longer. Her problem could be solved with porcelain veneers and a new porcelain crown. However in order to eliminate guess work and best create a new smile for Collette that she really liked the "trial smile" technique was utilized.

How about the shape?  What if the patient asked for square front teeth but when seeing them in the mouth didn’t like them?  Then the dentist can round the teeth on the trial smile temporary veneers and crowns to give a softer more feminine look.  Important, see tooth shapes.  In essence the dentist can make adjustments in the “trial smile“, or note changes to be made in the final design.  All this takes away much patient anxiety about getting the kind of smile that the patient wants and dramatically reduces the number of porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns that would have to be remade due to patient dissatisfaction.  Nobody, neither patient, cosmetic dentist nor lab ceramist likes it when a patient is unhappy with the cosmetic dentistry and the only thing left to do is redo the entire treatment.  This is a huge waste of everyone’s time and effort.

Of special note one third of all the cosmetic dentistry we do in our practice is redoing porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns done by other dentists who did not use the “trial smile” technique and ended up with a patient unhappy with the final result.  Proper use of the trial smile temporary veneers and crowns technique and great communication with the patient dramatically reduces the problem of having dissatisfied patients and needing to redo cosmetic dentistry.

Collette's beautiful new smile with porcelain veneers and a new porcelain crown. She chose a BL2 shade and asked for longer, more slender teeth. By utilizing the "

Collette with her beautiful smile makeover with porcelain veneers and a new porcelain crown. After wearing the "trial smile" she changed her mind and requested a BL2 shade teeth. Also, she wanted her front teeth a little longer and more slender. If we hadn't used the "trial smile" technique with patient approval we wouldn't have been able to fine tune her final smile design to match her desired results.

Collette’s treatment illustrates trial smile temporary veneers and crowns success

To illustrate how this all works let me share share the story of Collette’s treatment.  She lives in Rancho Santa Margarita and came to our cosmetic dental practice referred by her plastic surgeon, Dr. Juris Bunkis.  There were a number of things that Collette didn’t like about her teeth.  She had a crown on one of her front teeth that didn’t match the color of the rest of her teeth.  Her teeth were crooked and she wanted them straight.  Her side teeth leaned in and this oftentimes causes the front teeth to appear larger and the side teeth to appear darker.  Collette had also worn down her teeth, and concerned that short worn teeth make her appear old, wanted her teeth to be longer and more youthful in shape.  She also wanted whiter teeth, and after looking at our tooth shade guide, chose a BL4 tooth color, which was four shades whiter than her teeth were.  Dr. Huefner recommended doing nine porcelain veneers and redoing the one mismatched porcelain crown.  Collette agreed with Dr. Huefner’s recommendations and proceeded with her cosmetic dental treatment.

Dr. Huefner prepared her teeth and placed the trial smile temporary veneers and crowns, making her temporary veneers and crowns longer, straight and more full on the side teeth.  Collette wore her “trial smile” for several days and returned to Dr. Huefner to discuss the design before Dr. Huefner would make her final porcelain veneers and crown.

The first thing she said to Dr. Huefner was that she was wrong choosing the BL4 shade.  Is there any way she could change the color of her final porcelain veneers, as she still wanted slightly whiter teeth?  When Dr. Huefner said “yes”, she asked Dr. Huefner to make her final porcelain veneers and porcelain crown shade BL2.  With regards to the length, yes the new “trial smile” teeth were longer, but she still wanted them a little bit longer.  “Is there anything else that you would like changed?” Dr. Huefner asked Collette.  After very close inspection Collette told Dr. Huefner that she’d like the front four teeth to be a little  thinner and a bit narrower near the gums.  Dr. made or note all the changes that Collette wanted and then she gave her written approval of those modifications that she wanted for her final porcelain veneers and porcelain crown. 

Then Dr. Huefner’s ceramist made the final restorations according to Collette’s approved “trial smile” or otherwise noted modifications and changes.  The major point here is that there was not any guesswork.  Dr. Huefner’s ceramist knew exactly what the patient and Dr. Huefner wanted him to do because so many significant things were worked out and determined during the “trial smile” stage.

The end result for Collette was a beautiful smile with nine porcelain veneers and one porcelain crown.  The final smile design would have been much different without utilizing the trial smile temporary veneers and crowns and getting Collette’s input.  Instead of being elated with the results, she might have even been dissatisfied.  How lucky we are in this day and age of modern cosmetic dentistry to take out so much of the mystery and guesswork and have a successful proven way to effectively provide results that achieve such high patient satisfaction with our porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns.

Dr. Norm Huefner, Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist, serving Orange County and Rancho Santa Margarita
www.drhuefner.com

 

Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist creates beautiful dental veneers for Alma

Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentistry

Bottom photo: Alma's two composite plastic veneers didn't match her other teeth and she was very displeased and self conscious about the way her smile looked. Top photo: Dr. Huefner restored Alma's new smile with two dental veneers made of porcelain. The color, length and shape had to be accurately done to have a natural look. Also important was the amount of translucency of her teeth and veneers had to be very similar. Up close notice how the surface texture reflects light the same off of the dental veneers as her adjacent teeth. Much is taken into consideration when trying to create natural lifelike looking dental veneers.

Old composite plastic veneers didn’t match her other teeth

Alma is a young lady living in Laguna Niguel who was in desperate need of two dental veneers on her two front teeth.  As a youngster living outside of California she had broken both front teeth and a dentist recommended that he place two crowns on them.  Financially it was outside her budget at the time, so the dentist did his best to patch her teeth back up with two composite plastic veneers.  Alma was the first to admit when he did them they didn’t match her other teeth in color and “just didn’t look right.”  Years passed and Alma came to California and entered the work force.  One of the first things she saved to do was “get her teeth fixed” and have a nice smile again.

She explained her story to us and that she searched hard for a very good Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist and that’s why came came to our office.  She also went on to tell us that she was definitely on a budget and just wanted to get her two front teeth fixed, “nothing else!”  The shape, color and whole appearance of her front two teeth were unnatural and she wanted to make sure that if we made her two new front teeth that they would match her other teeth.  Ideally, they would be made so lifelike that nobody would know that she had any cosmetic dentistry done on them.

mismatched composite plastic dental veneer in need of replacement

Alma was displeased and self conscious how poorly her front two teeth with composite plastic veneers looked. She was told she needed to have crowns placed but pleased when Dr. Huefner told her that he could get a great result for her by placing two porcelain dental veneers.

Alma was pleased to hear that we felt confidant that we could do that for her.  Newer techniques in cosmetic dentistry and some old fashioned dental artistry should enable us to make two dental veneers for her that very accurately matched her adjacent teeth.  She was also very pleased when we told her that we wouldn’t need to do two porcelain crowns, as her previous dentist had recommended.  We went on to explain that we realize that her previous dentist did the best that he could do at that time, but now by using porcelain for her dental veneers rather than composite plastic we should be able to create very natural looking teeth for her.

Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner gives Alma back her smile

two porcelain veneers on front teeth

Alma insisted on only having treatment on her two front teeth and she wanted very natural lifelike results. Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist placed two porcelain veneers for Alma which really pleased her, almost night and day compared to her old composite plastic veneers.

We discussed with her that we had to take much into consideration.  The shape, color and length of her dental veneers were extremely important things that we had to determine and we had to get them “just right.”  But on a higher level, we also needed to take into consideration the translucency of her teeth and the surface texture.  Both of those things would have a great impact on light passing through and reflecting off of both her teeth and dental veneers.

Very pleased with how much detail we were going to put into her two new dental veneers, Alma scheduled her treatment, which went extremely well.  We completed her treatment and she had her two new dental veneers two weeks later.

Most cosmetic dentists will agree that doing dental veneers or porcelain crowns on one front tooth or the two front teeth are oftentimes very challenging procedures to get a perfect match.  It takes skill, time and effort for the dentist and ceramist working together to accomplish that.  Do you think that Alma was pleased with our results?

Dr. Norm Huefner, Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist
www.drhuefner.com

 

Gummy Smile and uneven gums easily corrected with dental gum laser

gummy smile treatment with laser

Top photo: Brandi's gums covered over half of her lower front teeth making them appear as little stubs or baby teeth. Second photo: Immediately after laser gum reshaping which removed unnecessary excess gums and exposed the tooth to its normal length. Note the slight roughness of the gum tissue immediately after the laser treatment. Third photo: One week after laser treatment. The gums are smooth again and 95% healed. Bottom photo: Three weeks after laser treatment. Gums totally healed and Brandi's teeth and gums now look very normal.

Brandi from Laguna Niguel had a gummy smile.  She actually had excess gums that covered over much of her lower front teeth making them appear half the size that they actually were.  Her teeth almost looked like they were baby teeth!  She was very unhappy with the appearance of her tiny teeth and gummy smile and came to Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner to discuss her treatment options.  She didn’t know if she needed to have surgery, dental crowns or veneers or if anything could even be done to improve her smile.

Why some people have a gummy smile?

There are several different reasons why people will have an overly gummy smile, but the most common is that there is simply an excess of gums tissue (i.e. thicker than normal) covering over much of one or more teeth.  The great news that if it is only an excess gums problem, and most often this excess is not useful or necessary, then some of the excess gum tissue can be reduced with a very simple and noninvasive dental procedure called laser gum recontouring or laser gum reshaping.

Laser gum reshaping

In Brandi’s case, she was an excellent candidate for laser gum reshaping to remove that excess gum tissue that was hiding half of her lower front teeth.  In the top photo you can see how much excess gums tissue she had and how small her lower teeth appeared.  When we explained to Brandi that this could be easily corrected with the dental gum laser she was excited and anxious to have Dr. Huefner do the laser treatment.  Dr. Huefner gave Brandi a short acting local anesthetic that would numb her gums for approximately 15-20 minutes.  This short acting local anesthetic would give Dr. Huefner enough time to complete the laser reshaping without causing Brandi any pain or discomfort.

Brandi wanted to know whether there would be a lot of bleeding of her gums during the procedure and if she would be getting stitches.  Happily the answer was no to both of these questions.  The laser actually stops the gums from bleeding and the dental laser procedure never requires stitches in the gums!

In the second photo you can see Brandi’s teeth and gums immediately after the laser gum reshaping.  The dental gum laser temporarily leaves the surface of the gums a little rough.  It is usually just a couple days until the gum surface heals and becomes smooth again, as shown in the third photo one week after the laser gum procedure when it was almost completely healed.  Two weeks later Brandi came back into our office another dental procedure and we took a final photo of the completely healed gums (bottom photo).  Brandi was delighted with the results.  She no longer had a huge excess of gum tissue or short little stub teeth that looked like baby teeth!

Sadly, laser gum reshaping is one of the most under prescribed cosmetic dental procedures.  I can only speculate why.  Most likely because very few dentists actually have been trained and certified using the dental gum laser or have been trained in advanced cosmetic dentistry and smile design.  With the cost of dental gum lasers coming down, more training programs being offered in cosmetic dentistry and more cosmetic awareness of dental consumers, I anticipate this procedure becoming offered and utilized much more to patients who have gummy smiles and can benefit from laser gum reshaping.

As a footnote, there are occasions where excess gums are not the problem and instead is actually an excess of bone around the roots of the teeth.  In those cases laser gum reshaping may only give a slight to moderate improvement.  If a patient requires more than be accomplished with the dental gum laser then a different procedure called dental crown lengthening can be done by a periodontist (dental gum specialist).  However, dental crown lengthening is a minor surgical procedure and considerably more involved than the much less invasive laser gum reshaping.  To determine which of these procedures would best correct the gummy smile problem a cosmetic dentist or periodontist will take some measurements around the gums, which can be done in a matter of just a few minutes.  Usually x-rays are also required.  In our cosmetic dental practice, over 90% of the time laser gum reshaping has been the procedure we have recommended, not the surgical dental crown lengthening.

Complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation

For patients who have a gummy smile, or just uneven gums, and are interested in learning if they are a candidate for laser gum reshaping we offer a no charge initial cosmetic dentistry consultation.  Call Pam or Sue at our office if you wish to schedule this appointment with us.  949-4956322

Dr. Norman Huefner
Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist
www.drhuefner.com

 

Orange County Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Huefner Fixes Bugs Bunny Teeth with Dental Veneers

A professional dancer, Dana thought her Bugs Bunny teeth and gummy smile were hindering her professional career.

Dancer doesn’t like her Bugs Bunny teeth

Dana came to us with a special problem.  She is professional dancer and very conscious about her appearance.  She puts in hundreds of hours of practicing, has a great stage presence and gives great performances but her appearance on stage was diminished by her lackluster smile.  Her goal was to be the best that she could be and it was time for her to make her smile the best that it could be too.  She had already had consultations from a couple of dentists but didn’t have the confidence in either of them to proceed with their treatment recommendations.  She had heard from others that Dr. Huefner was a very reputable Orange County Cosmetic Dentist so came to see us for another opinion.

dental veneers oranger county and laser gum reshaping

Lower photo: Dana, a professional dancer, didn't like her crooked Bugs Bunny teeth and gummy smile. Upper photo: After lower teeth whitening, laser gum reshaping and eight dental veneers Dana had a beautiful, soft, feminine, well balanced smile with white teeth to enhance her dance career.

Before making any recommendations Dr. Huefner always wants to know the patient’s goals.  What is it that they are striving for?  What don’t they like about the way their teeth and smile currently look?  If Dr. Huefner could give her precisely the teeth and smile that she wanted, what would that look like?  Dana has studied her teeth very carefully and was quick to list the things about her teeth and smile that she didn’t like:

  • “My front two teeth stick out, I feel like I have Bugs Bunny teeth”
  • her teeth were too short
  • too crooked
  • too yellow
  • she showed too much of her gums

What she wanted was a bright, white smile that had beautiful straight teeth and less of a gummy smile.  When she was smiling on stage she wanted her teeth to enhance her image rather than detracting from it.

orange county dental veneers and gummy smile correction

Dana chose the color of her new dental veneers, shade BL2 from the tooth shade guide. Her smile makeover with laser gum reshaping and eight dental veneers by Dr. Huefner eliminated her Bugs Bunny smile and gave Dana much more confidence on stage.

Dana was delighted that Dr. Huefner felt her situation was relatively straight forward to accomplish her goals.  He recommended starting by doing tooth bleaching on her lower teeth and doing a relatively easy and uncomplicated cosmetic procedure called laser gum reshaping to make her gums even and reduce her gummy smile.  Then Dr. Huefner recommended placing eight dental veneers.  He would make her dental veneers whiter, which would make her smile look much better on stage. Dr. Huefner agreed with Dana about the Bugs Bunny look and that her teeth were a little short and crooked, and the dental veneers would correct that as well.  One of Dr. Huefner’s biggest goals was to make her very tiny lateral incisors (the teeth next to the two front teeth) a little bigger, as they appeared very tiny and disproportionate to the rest of her teeth.

After carefully listening to Dr. Huefner Dana really appreciated the well thought out course of treatment.  She was thrilled that her entire smile makeover would be completed in less than a month’s time, so she started her treatment right away.  Her teeth bleaching and laser gum recontouring with the dental gum laser went very smooth.

Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner creates beautiful smile for Dana

During the course of treatment Dr. Huefner and Dana had many discussions about the color of her new dental veneers.  Since she really wanted great stage presence Dana chose a more white tooth color shade for her new dental veneers, BL2 from the tooth shade guide.  Although slightly lengthening her teeth with the dental veneers, Dr. Huefner made the dental veneers that were going to be placed on the six smaller teeth a little larger and longer, so they would be better proportioned to her front two central incisors and eliminate that Bugs Bunny look that she hated.  He also gave her a softer and more feminine smile design from the tooth shape catalog.

Dana’s smile makeover with dental veneers was completed on time and a great result achieved.  Afterwards, when asked what she liked best Dana said, “I just feel much more confidant when I smile on stage now.  I don’t know why I was so hesitant to have the treatment because it really went much easier than I ever thought.”

Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County Cosmetic Dentist
www.drhuefner.com

Patrick Gets Irvine Dental Veneers for Perfect Looking Front Teeth

Irvine dental veneers for perfect looking front teeth

four dental veneers Irvine to fix chipped discolored teeth

Lower photos: Patrick had chipped discolored teeth and had very high expectations for a perfect smile. Upper photos: We bleached his teeth to make them whiter, evened the gums on his two front teeth with the dental gums laser to make them symmetrical and then made Patrick four dental veneers. Patrick was extremely pleased with how perfect his front teeth looked.

Patrick, a patient who comes to us from Irvine was very discouraged.  He had chipped his front two teeth and his teeth had stained and darkened over the years.  “I used to have such a great smile, why is this happening to me and what can I do about it?” asked Patrick.  Knowing more about him helped us make our recommendations.  Patrick was a perfectionist.  Everything in his life had to be done a certain way and that way was usually the best way possible.

chipped front teeth before treating with either composite or porcelain veneers

Patrick had high expectations of a "perfect smile". His teeth were discolored and his front four teeth were chipped and slightly crooked. Many questions needed to be addressed before choosing the best treatment for him.

Answering Patrick’s question, Dr. Huefner explained that there were two things going on, the chipped teeth and the color.  The question of color had to be addressed first and fortunately was easy to fix.  His teeth had just aged and along with years of coffee (he definitely did not smoke), they darkened somewhat over the years.   We explained to Patrick that we could just whiten his teeth with teeth bleaching, which would whiten and brighten his smile a couple shades lighter.  Or if he really wanted white teeth, and to choose and control the desired color he could have dental veneers on the eight or ten upper teeth that he shows when he smiles.

Irvine dental veneers for front teeth

By combining three treatment modalities, teeth whitening, laser gum reshaping and dental veneers, Dr. Huefner created the perfect, natural looking smile that Patrick demanded.

“I want my teeth whiter and cleaner,” said Patrick, “but I certainly don’t want Chiclet white teeth.  They have to look very natural.”  So we suggested that Patrick first start by whitening his teeth with teeth bleaching and after seeing the results we could discuss what solutions we have to correct his chipped front teeth.  Patrick agreed with this, we started him on a home bleaching regimen and he returned a couple weeks later happier that his teeth were whiter, but anxious to discuss his chipped front teeth problem.

Composite or porcelain veneers

“How do you like your teeth now?” we asked Patrick.  He told us he was very satisfied with the color and all his other teeth, but just wanted his front teeth to looks as perfect as the rest of his teeth.  We offered Patrick two solutions to his chipped front tooth problem.  The first was just to do composite bonding onto the edges of his two front teeth, but that would still leave the other two front teeth a little crooked.  There were challenges with composite bonding directly onto the edges of his teeth, they oftentimes don’t last a long time and sometimes the color won’t match exactly.  The second treatment option was to do dental veneers on all four of his upper front teeth.  That would give Dr. Huefner and the most control over making Patrick’s teeth strong, long lasting and looking perfect.

Cost dental veneers

Patrick thought about it for a few minutes, but said he really wanted to know the cost of the dental veneers.   We explained that dental veneers actually cost several times more than composite bonding because it made out of porcelain rather that plastic, it requires two visits rather than one and it actually made by an extremely skilled ceramist in a dental lab.  That made sense to Patrick and he came to a quick decision.  If Dr. Huefner felt that dental veneers would give him the best results and hopefully perfect looking teeth, then he would have dental veneers done.

However Dr. Huefner mentioned one more thing.  The gums on Patrick’s front two teeth were not shaped the same.  If he wanted both teeth to appear the same shape and length then Dr. Huefner should reshape the gums around his two front teeth with the dental gum laser.  Then when he got his dental veneers he would have two perfectly symmetrical front teeth!  Patrick looked carefully at his uneven gums and agreed to Dr. Huefner evening out his gums with the dental gum laser.

Patrick proceeded with the laser gum recontouring and four dental veneers by Dr. Huefner.  The laser gum reshaping went very smooth.  He had a little discomfort the first 24 hours, but didn’t need to take any analgesics for pain, nor did he have to miss any work.  Also his four dental veneers were done in a period of just two weeks.  Patrick got the perfect looking teeth and smile that he always wanted.  Dr. Huefner had the dental veneers made with a masculine shape from the tooth shape library and slight natural texture to match his adjacent teeth.  The results was exceptional; no Chiclet looking dental veneers for Patrick.  Most importantly, the natural look really pleased him!  Look closely at the photos of Irvine dental veneers for Patrick and see if you agree?

Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County Cosmetic Dentist
www.drhuefner.com

San Clemente dental veneers by Dr. Huefner create bright white smile for Hope

Hope had hope for a bright white smile.

Porcelain Veneers San Clemente by DrHuefner

Hope has dark, discolored teeth and wanted a "bright, white" smile. Dr. Huefner placed nine dental veneers and one all-porcelain crown for this San Clemente lady.

Hope had moved to San Clemente to take a new job.  However her new job had her directly on the front line, dealing face to face with customers.  When writing up orders she said she noticed that many of her customers would look at her teeth, and then quickly glance away.  She knew her teeth weren’t very attractive, but she increasingly became more self conscious about her teeth and smile.  Then one day she got passed up on a promotion by another employee who had less experience than she did and she was really bothered by this.  In confidence, she expressed her dissatisfaction to one of her co-workers who said, “You know she has a really nice smile and to be quite honest with you, your teeth are pretty dark.  Maybe the boss thinks that customers would rather deal with people with nicer looking teeth?”

Dark discolored teeth before dental veneers by Dr. Huefner

Hope had dark, discolored teeth and the one crown she had on her front tooth didn't look very nice either. She had spaces between some of her teeth and wanted a fuller smile with bright, white teeth. She was hoping that dental veneers would solve her dilemma.

After only thinking about that for a few weeks Hope came in to our cosmetic dental office that serves patients from San Clemente to discuss dental veneers.  She told us her story and specifically that she wanted to get a “bright, white smile“.  When we looked at her teeth we could see what she was concerned about.  Her front tooth had gotten a huge cavity when she was a young lady and the tooth turned almost black.  Hope’s dentist told her the tooth had abscessed and that he needed to do a root canal to stop the infection, and then a cap to cover up the black tooth and cavity.  She did as her dentist had advised, but the cap looked really dark around her gums.  Over the years she drank a lot of coffee and tea, and even smoked occasionally.  That caused her other teeth to darken a lot as well.  Hope wanted to know if dental veneers would solve her dark teeth problem?

bright white BL1 dental veneers san clemente

Nine dental veneers and one new all porcelain crown create the bright, white beautiful smile that Hope had always wanted. Hope was very concerned about the color of her new teeth, but happily Dr. Huefner allowed her to choose the color that she wanted. BL1 is the whitest colors of the bleaching shade guide and the color that she chose.

The answer was yes!  When Hope smiled she easily showed ten dark upper teeth.  So we could place white dental veneers on nine of those teeth and a new porcelain crown to replace the bad looking crown she had on her front tooth.  By doing what Dr. Huefner had recommended Hope would have beautiful looking teeth when she smiled, and she could even choose the color.  “Bright, white” is not the best color for everyone, but if that is what Hope wanted then Dr. Huefner would certainly allow her to choose the color dental veneers that she wanted.

San Clemente dental veneers the answer for Hope

Hope decided to go right ahead and have the dental veneers.  But before preceding, Dr. Huefner needed to also address how long and what shape to make each of the dental veneers.  Hope said that she wanted to have a bigger smile if possible, and also that she didn’t like the spaces between her teeth.  So Dr. Huefner designed her dental veneers to fill up the spaces and be a little longer than her natural teeth were.  And of course as promised, Dr. Huefner allowed Hope to choose the color of her new dental veneers.  Hope carefully studied all the colors on the tooth shade guide.  She didn’t like any of the natural colors, as they were all “too dark” for her.  However Hope liked the bleaching shades (BL1 through BL4), but she really liked “the brightest, whitest” shade, BL1!

Well, we completed Hopes cosmetic dentistry in a few weeks and, as promised, Hope got the “bright, white” smile that she wanted!  Did the dental veneers for our San Clemente patient look great?  Look at Hope’s photos and you be the judge.

Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County Cosmetic Dentist
www.drhuefner.com

Beauty Queen Gets Dental Veneers by Orange County Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Huefner

beauty pageant queen with dental veneers orange county

Dr. Huefner shown on stage with Dolores at the Mrs. Globe 2004 pageant after Dr. Huefner enhanced Dolores' smile with dental veneers.

Dolores Couceiro from Madrid, Spain, was the reigning Mrs. Spain and won the Mrs. Globe 2002 beauty pageant.  She is one of our favorite patients, as not only is Dolores beautiful but she came all the way from Spain to Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner to have him redo her smile with dental veneers.

As can be seen by the photo of her smile before her cosmetic dental veneers, Dolores had an OK smile, especially by European standards.  However now representing the Mrs. Globe Pageant Dolores needed an outstanding smile.  Her teeth were a bit crooked and definitely discolored.  She said that her goal was to have straight white even teeth.  Dr. Huefner noted that her gums were a little uneven and asked Dolores if she wanted him to even out her gums as well?  She said that she hadn’t noticed that, but now looking at her gums she wanted him to do whatever he could to give her the best smile possible.  Thus Dr. Huefner utilized the dental gum laser and reshaped Dolores’ gums to make them even.

dental veneers orange county for beauty pageant queen by dr. huefner

Dolores Couceior was the reigning Mrs. Globe and came to Dr. Huefner's Orange County cosmetic dental practice to have him make her porcelain veneers.

 

orange county porcelain veneers shade BL1 and "enhanced" smile design

Lower photo: Dolores had uneven gums, crooked and discolored teeth. Upper photo: Dr. Huefner reshaped Dolores' uneven gums with the dental gum laser to make them even and all the same length. Then he placed ten porcelain veneers utilizing BL1 shade porcelain and the "enhanced" smile design from the LVI smile catalog.

Dr. Huefner then made ten dental veneers for her upper front teeth.  Dolores wanted a whiter smile.  She originally had A3 shade teeth and Dr. Huefner made her new teeth shade BL1 from the tooth shade guide, which is significantly whiter.  He also utilized an “enhanced” smile design from the LVI smile catalog of smile designs.

porcelain veneers orange county for beauty pageant winner

Dolores is a stunning lady and her new dental veneers by Dr. Huefner gave her a stunning smile. Notice how the edges of her upper front teeth follow the curve of her lower teeth when she smiles. This was specifically done when Dr. Huefner designed the length of each of her teeth.

Dolores’ teeth were a bit worn and slightly shorter than they were when she was younger, so one of the things that were very important for Dr. Huefner to do was make her dental veneers slightly longer than her natural teeth were.  The goal was that when Dolores smiled that the edges of her upper teeth with dental veneers would follow closely the curve of her lower lip.  Cosmetic dentists call that “following the smile line.”

orange county dental veneers by dr huefner

Whether indoors or outdoors with natural lighting, Dolores' porcelain veneers gave her a natural, beautiful looking smile.

Another thing that Dr. Huefner incorporated into Dolores’ smile design was making building out her side (bicuspid) teeth to give her a fuller smile.  Many people mistakenly think that the only way to make a person’s dental arch wider is with orthodontics (braces), but cosmetic dentists do this all the time by making dental veneers slightly thicker on teeth that lean.    The end result are not only straight teeth, but the dental arch is wider and the teeth are in proportion and balanced with each other.  Lips and gums are also most definitely taken into consideration when designing the size, shape, thickness and length of the dental veneers.

The end result for this beauty queen from Madrid, Spain, who came Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner  was an amazing new smile created with ten dental veneers.  Her teeth and gums were straight and even, and she got the beautiful white smile that she always wanted.

Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County Cosmetic Dentist
www.drhuefner.com

 

 

 

Dental Implant to Replace Laguna Niguel Man’s Missing Front Tooth

Laguna Niguel dental implant with zirconia abutment and all porcelain crown

Lower photo: After the dental implant had healed a tooth-colored zirconia abutment was attached to the dental implant. Upper photo: On top of the zirconia abutment an all-porcelain crown was placed that matched Mark's adjacent teeth.

Dental Implant solves missing front tooth problem for Laguna Niguel man by Dr. Huefner

Mark, a Laguna Niguel businessman in his 40s had injured his front tooth playing football as a youth.  It abscessed and he had to have a root canal treatment to save it.  Over the years it just never “felt right.”  Finally one day he had pain and swelling around the front tooth and after taking an x-ray of the tooth we determined that the tooth had fractured all the way down the root and had to be extracted.  Mark was devastated! “Oh no, I can’t believe it.  All the rest of my teeth are great and now I’m going to lose my front tooth.”  We assured Mark that he is so fortunate to have been able to keep that injured tooth for so many years and now, with modern dental technology, he has two great options to replace his missing front tooth.

x-ray of dental implant and zirconia abutment

This is an x-ray of the dental implant after it had healed and the tooth-colored zirconia abutment was attached to it. The next step was to place the all-porcelain crown onto the abutment.

This was very good news to Mark.  “So what are my options?” asked Mark.  We explained that he could either have a dental implant or and all ceramic bridge.  We explained that if he chose the dental implant then we wouldn’t need to do any treatment to his other teeth and could actually use an all-ceramic crown over a tooth-colored zirconia abutment that fits into the dental implant.  His other alternative was doing a porcelain bridge, either the traditional porcelain-fused-to-metal porcelain bridge or the new all-ceramic non-metal EMax bridge.  However we went on to explain to Mark that by doing a fixed bridge it would also mean that we would have to place crowns on each of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.  After fully understanding his options Mark was adamant, he didn’t want to have to have crowns placed on his otherwise good front teeth that would be necessary if he chose to have a porcelain bridge, so a dental implant was definitely the way he wanted to go.

Upper front tooth with dental implant Laguna Niguel

The end result for Mark was a very natural looking smile that didn't even hint that he was missing a front tooth and had a dental implant.

So now that we knew which treatment Mark wanted to solve his missing front tooth dilemma we needed to do two other things.  First, make a temporary replacement tooth so that Mark didn’t have to walk around with a tooth missing in the front of his mouth.  We did this by making a removable appliance for Mark called a “Maxillary flipper”.  Second, we would schedule Mark’s visit with our oral surgeon to remove the infected broken tooth and place the dental implant.

Mark’s treatment went really smooth.  Our oral surgeon extracted the broken front tooth and placed the dental implant and the Maxillary flipper.  Mark left the oral surgeon’s office wearing the temporary replacement tooth (i.e. Maxillary flipper) so it was not apparent to anyone that he was actually missing a front tooth.  After several weeks his infection had gone away and the implant had healed.  Our next step was to place a tooth-colored zirconia abutment into the dental implant.  The abutment would serve the purpose of the natural tooth, allowing us to place the all-ceramic crown over the zirconia abutment.

The end result really pleased Mark!  His infection and pain were gone and he now has a great looking replacement for his  missing tooth and got back his great looking smile.  When looking at Mark the implant and crown matched his other teeth so well that one wouldn’t even imagine that he is actually missing one front tooth.  This Laguna Niguel man is very pleased with his natural looking dental implant and the treatment we provided him at Dr. Huefner’s dental practice.

Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County Cosmetic Dentist
www.drhuefner.com

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