August 26, 2021
A 31-year-old female patient presented to our care with esthetic concerns regarding the appearance of her gummy smile and bony protuberances above her maxillary dentition. The patient had photographs taken at the initial visit and an in-action video of her speaking and smiling to better understand and document the patient’s concerns. We treated her gummy smile with esthetic crown lengthening and restored her dentition with veneers and removed the bony protuberances.
August 4, 2021
In today’s beauty-adoring society, most people have the desire to look and feel their best, since facial and physical appearance have a crucial role to play in an individual’s self-esteem, happiness and eventual success. It is undeniably human nature to attribute positive personality characteristics to attractive individuals, and such people customarily receive favourable treatment in a variety of situations.1 Beauty is subjective and difficult to delineate, as it lies in the eyes of the beholder, and the same applies to a beautiful smile. A substantial amount of research has suggested that smiles are powerful social forces that positively influence interpersonal judgements in innumerable ways. In global business, beautiful smiles are widely used as a marketing tool to produce positive impressions among fans and other consumers.
July 29, 2021
Aesthetic medicine is increasingly taking on a global connotation of harmony and balance, defined certainly by historically evolved and shared canons, but progressively corresponding to a biopsychosocially functional profile.1 From this perspective, different practices find common grounds of expression, aimed primarily at the interdependence between structure and function, constituting a dynamic functional unit which possesses characteristic and integrative links.2 In this article, we will take a deeper look at the contributions of speech therapy to facial aesthetics3 and to the reorganisation of stomatognathic functions4 in synergy with aesthetic medicine and aesthetic dentistry5 and in response to the aesthetic patient, deeply interlinked with personal life experience—the most intimate emotions linked to the self and identity.6
January 13, 2021
Tooth structure preservation is the best way to avoid more invasive therapies. In young patients especially, more conservative techniques should be applied. Bonded porcelain veneers and even more so direct composite restorations are two therapeutic procedures that require the sacrifice of less dental tissue, finalised to the optimal recovery of aesthetic and functional outcome. Although the two techniques employ different methods and materials, it is possible to achieve correct integration of both techniques by certain technical and procedural measures.
September 9, 2020
Many factors can be related to apical root resorption and rounding, among them orthodontic movement and occlusal trauma. In severe cases, the tooth can even become mobile. In normal situations, a fractured tooth above the gingival margin can be restored with conventional dentistry using an intra-radicular post and prosthetic crown. However, in cases where the root length is no longer optimal for use as a retentive element for an intra-radicular post, alternative options must be considered, which can include a removable partial prosthesis, a fixed three-unit bridge or a dental implant.
August 5, 2020
Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia ML was the first zirconia on the dental market with integrated shade gradation. First presented at the International Dental Show in 2013, this material has revolutionised the world of zirconia. Over the course of time, KATANA Zirconia UTML and STML and the change from ML to HTML have created a complete product portfolio. This article highlights the different characteristics of each of these varieties.
July 31, 2020
This article presents a case of aesthetic restoration of anterior teeth using KATANA Zirconia Ultra Translucent Multi Layered (UTML; Kuraray Noritake Dental) complete anatomical crowns, with vestibular stratification, and the biologically oriented preparation technique (BOPT).
July 23, 2020
A female patient came to Studio Cortellini in Riccione in Italy in order to improve not just her ability to chew but also the overall aesthetic appearance of her teeth. A clinical examination revealed the presence of several erosive lesions that contributed to her chewing problems and had caused a decrease in enamel thickness. This reduction in enamel, combined with a number of discoloured composite restorations, negatively affected the aesthetics of her smile.