Many of the patients we treat are referred to us by restorative dentists to assist in the positioning of teeth so they can achieve certain restorative goals. Perhaps implants or veneers are needed and it is important that the teeth are in the right position so that the restorative dentist can provide the best restorative and cosmetic outcome.
In the past, specialists would provide their specialty care before sending the patient back to the original provider. In this day and age of technology and more advanced options, an ‘interdisciplinary’ approach in often needed. A detailed, thorough treatment plan is established and reviewed with all of the doctors who will be involved in treating the patient. This includes the restorative dentist and often times multiple specialists such as an oral surgeon and a periodontist. Clearly defined objectives are established prior to braces being placed. This offers our patients the most comprehensive treatment plan possible which is important in achieving the best result.
In this case, a missing lateral incisor was replaced with a canine and cosmetically reshaped, preventing the need for an implant.
In this case, we prepared space for 2 dental implants, then crowns were positioned to replace the missing teeth.