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!
Should I floss?
Last week we discussed the importance of brushing and how you should choose a brush that will access those hard to reach areas. Well, even with the right brush, there are areas between the teeth that can only be reached by flossing. Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease. Flossing will help remove plaque from spaces your brush can’t get to, giving you a thorough cleaning and healthy mouth.
How should I floss?
Now that we’ve established the reason for flossing, you will want to make sure you are doing it properly. Please make sure you are flossing daily, in a gentle sawing motion, between all of your teeth. It does not take much time to do, but you will want to take care in the way you do it. Snapping the floss can cause trauma to the tissue. The floss should be angled so it hugs the tooth in a “c” shape. Gently slide the floss up and down the surface of the tooth making sure it goes slightly below the gum line. You can either brush your teeth before or after you floss. The focus here is not the order in which you floss, just that you clean between your teeth every day.
When it comes to brushing, the manual toothbrush has shown us over the years that it is up for the task. In later years, when the mechanical toothbrush was introduced, it challenged not whether it could brush teeth, but how well and consistently it could get the job done. Both tools are effective in their own rights, but which toothbrush is right for you? Here are some pros, cons and tips to help you make that choice!
Firstly, both brushes should be selected carefully. You will want to make sure you select a soft bristled brush that is the right size for your mouth, so you can reach all your back teeth. One pro for the mechanical brush, is that the brush is typically smaller and can access harder to reach areas.
Brushing in general is intended to remove plaque and stimulate the gums. Both products can accomplish this when used properly, but how do you use them properly? Manual toothbrushes should be held at a 45-degree angle. Starting at the gum line, you will use a gentle circular motion and move the brush up and down each tooth.
A mechanical brush takes most of the guess work out of how to move the brush. The movement, whether oscillating or vibrating, will depend on the model of brush you’ve chosen. Another pro for the mechanical brush, is that some come with timers. Ensuring that you have finished cleaning either individual portions or your entire mouth during a two-minute cycle.
You always want to make sure you spend enough time brushing. While it may seem more intuitive to use the brush with the timer, you must factor in the weight of the brush. Due to the power brush holding batteries, a pro for the manual is that it is significantly lighter and may be easier for some to hold for longer periods of time.
With cost being factored in, you can count on a manual brush being the cheaper option. Cheaper doesn’t always mean better, but for the ease of use, the investment may be a sound one for you.
Please be sure to consider all dynamics of each brush before making a purchase. You want to brush correctly, efficiently and make a decision that keeps you smiling!
“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.”