Modern dentistry today is much like a team sport where various specialists work closely together with the sole objective of creating the best smile for our patient. The general dentist is the captain or the quarterback in this game, the one who envisions and creates the treatment plan for the patient. The specialists then play their valuable roles in order to bring this plan into reality.
We present the case of Megan who came to see us when she was 13 years old. Her chief concern was that she was missing a permanent front tooth and this made her very conscious of her smile.
After careful examination and planning, orthodontic treatment was initiated and completed with care by the orthodontist who precisely adjusted the alignment and positions of all the remaining teeth so that she would have the right amount of space available for the new tooth at the right age...
The result of the orthodontic treatment was maintained with planned retention appliances until she was at the right stage in her growth to be ready for dental implants. Dental implants are successfully used in modern dentistry to replace missing permanent teeth. They offer several benefits like preservation of bone and preservation of the tooth structure of adjacent teeth, both of which are very important for someone as young as Megan. Research into the longevity of dental implants has shown them to successfully preserve bone for over 15 years in 95-98% of the time.
Our skilled oral surgeon was able to place the dental implant in the precise location and depth so that the tooth attached to the implant will appear as real as possible.
After 4-5 months of healing, we were able to design and fabricate a natural looking tooth which was anchored to the implant to complete a natural looking beautiful smile.
When there is a team of dental specialists, general dentists and dental laboratory specialists who come together with their skills and talents, the resulting smiles truly make long lasting memories as it did for Megan.
Megan now is confident about herself and in her smile and as she says "It was worth the wait!”
Humber Valley Dental would like to thank Dr. Pavel Sectakof, Orthodontist;Dr. Don Hui,Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and Nik Masoud from Piccaso Dental Studios for their skills and expertise to create Megan’s smile.