Creating Smiles One at a Time Using GatorZ Restorations
Patient presented with an edge to edge bite, as well as noticeable crowding and misaligned maxillary anterior teeth. Posterior occlusion was virtually non existent, with function relegated to her anterior teeth only.
Severe chipping and cracking of her anterior teeth were the result of her centric occlusion and edge to edge relationship with the lower. Due to her prominent para functional habits, #11 had fractured at the buccal surface. As a result, #11 received root canal treatment and metal post.
The patient’s request was simply, “I want my smile back”.. With function and esthetics in mind, we planned her smile makeover! Dr. Ryan Walker prepped #6-11, with the thought of straightening the smile and refining function without causing further damage to the lower arch. It was at this time we decided a cantilever pontic in the #5 space would be warranted. We splinted 5 (pontic), 6 (abutment) & 7 (abutment). The 2 to 1 relationship allowed us to incorporate subtle occlusion on #5.
The material of choice for this challenging case was full contour zirconia. We needed a material to address both strength concerns as well as the aesthetic aspect of this case. With this in mind, we chose Ivoclar e.max Zircad Zirconia, MT Multi Shaded Puck. This is what we refer to as our GatorZ material.
Using 3 Shape CAD/CAM, we digitally designed the case.
After design, milling and sintering, the restorations were produced and ready to finish. With slight adjustments to proximal and occlusal contacts as well as minimal contouring and texturing, we were ready to polish and glaze.
Since only subtle characterization was requested, we proceeded to stain, glaze and polish the restorations.Once we refined the contacts and checked occlusion one more time, it was on to Dr. Walker to seat the case for the patient. Our goal at Gator Ceramics is to create restorations that are both functional and aesthetic. When we achieve this goal, we save the dentist time and make the patient happy. I would say Goal Achieved!
Welcome to Gator Ceramics Dental Lab. We are a local dental lab (in Bossier City, Louisiana) with national reach. We specialize in fixed restorations including crowns, bridges, veneers, attachments, and custom implant abutments.
Gator Ceramics is known in the dental industry for personalized service and cutting edge technology. Our goal is to provide products which fit exceptionally well and excite patients with a natural look and feel that changes smiles and enhances lives.
Realizing that an accurate impression is fundamental to a successful outcome in restorative dentistry, we’ve chosen to employ the most advanced technology available. We were the first lab in the state to incorporate the Cadent iTeroTM digital impression system. We continue to lead the industry in the use and application of scan technology in an effort to constantly improve our quality and efficiency.
With this system, a restorative dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon can take a digital scan of the patient’s teeth and bite and transmit the file via a wireless internet connection to our lab. The entire dental team is more efficient using this state-of-the-art process, and this approach provides significant time, cost, and accuracy benefits for the dentist and the patient.
If you are a dentist or oral surgeon, we would welcome the opportunity to partner with your practice. If you are a patient, make sure to ask for a fixed restoration from Gator Ceramics Dental Lab.
Our job is to make you look good!
Indications of Tooth Decay
In order to spot a problem, you must first know what to look for! Tooth decay is a common occurrence in children and adults. It’s caused by plaque forming on your teeth, staying on your teeth and eventually, breaking them down.
Plaque will begin to form if you don’t properly clean your teeth to rid them of starches and sugars. If these substances are left on your teeth, bacteria will begin to grow and form plaque. At this time, you can still clean your teeth with the right products to break down and remove plaque. If you don’t remove the plaque, however, it can harden into something called tartar. This will make the plaque even harder to remove.
If the plaque is not removed, it will continue to cause damage. The acid in plaque erodes and makes holes in the enamel that protects your teeth. These tiny holes are known as cavities. The bacteria can reach through cavities to the next layer of your teeth and cause sensitivity.
If your teeth feel sensitive, this will be a big indicator of a cavity or early sign of tooth decay. You should go to your dentist to see what the cause of the sensitivity is. If left untreated, the bacteria will march on, to the inner tooth material that contains your nerves and blood vessels. This can cause even more pain, as swelling develops and expands within and even outside of the tooth.
Be aware of the food you eat and be sure to properly clean your teeth to stop plaque from forming. If you remove the starches and sugars before they turn to plaque, you will not have to worry about all the troubles that it can cause down the line.
Don’t forget to visit your dentist for a professional cleaning once a year! Some dentists will even recommend that you get a cleaning twice a year to help keep your teeth healthy and plaque free!
Holiday Treats and Happy Teeth!
The holidays are still in full swing! Tis the season for hot cocoa, candy canes and sweet, decadent holiday pastries! While many indulge and worry about the effect these goodies have on our waistline, we forget about the effect our sugary treats have on our teeth.
If you eat solid sugars like pies, cakes and cookies; it’s a good idea to brush afterwards. Chewing foods laden with sugar can leave larger-than-normal amounts of sugar residue on your teeth. You also should remember that liquid treats, such as cocoa, egg nog and carbonated drinks also contain sugar. Sugar consumed in a liquid form can reach every nook and cranny of your mouth and will require a more thorough cleaning.
Your saliva will not wash away sugar residue, so bacteria will begin to eat away at your enamel. Over time, sugar can break down the enamel of your teeth and cause cavities and erosion. In cases of severe erosion, you may even experience extreme changes in your bite, a significant reduction in the size of your back teeth and even tooth loss!
Be sure to follow your daily brushing and flossing routine! If you have consumed a lot of sugar, it is a good idea to step it up a notch and clean your teeth after that sugary snack! In general, you can try and reduce the amount of sugar you eat and drink. You won’t want to cut back on your cleaning because a food label says that it is “low-sugar” or “sugar-free.” Many of these low-sugar or sugar-free products use artificial sweeteners. There are potential health risks associated with use of artificial sweeteners. Research shows they can still create an acidic environment in your mouth.
There are many pictures to take and memories to make this holiday season! Don’t let the magic of the holidays distract you from having a bright smile!
“The communication and accessibility we’ve experienced working with Gator Ceramics Dental Lab have been exceptional. Creation of digital impressions to improve accuracy and shorten patient chair time is where our industry is going. It’s exciting to be working together on the leading edge of this technology, making it available to patients, and delivering unparalleled restorative dentistry outcomes.”