Root Canal Whitening Smile Enhancement
Case 1 Trauma
In this case the lower front teeth were damaged in a horse riding accident many years previous but presented with pain and acute infection without any fore warning. The affected teeth showed signs of internal root resorption which leaves large cavities within the root canals that can be difficult to manage. The process can continue which may lead to the loss of the tooth. The teeth had darkened with time since the accident and this was resolved with three nights of internal external whitening. The upper teeth were treated with a combination of replacement porcelain work and minimally invasive porcelain veneers to harmonise the appearance of the smile.
Case 2 Heavily filled teeth
In this case all of the teeth had received extensive dentistry over many years and the patient had pain from infected lower front teeth and was dissatisfied with the overall appearance. On this occasion we treated the lower front teeth with direct composite fillings rather than whitening as they were already very broken down and in need of this extensive repair. Because the upper teeth were all very heavily restored and many had questionable remaining vitality we chose to use fibre reinforced composite crowns that will allow us to work through and repair easily should we need to in the next few months or years. If we are happy with the strength of the remaining tooth tissue then we can convert to definitive porcelain restorations later on.
In these cases the root canal fillings were done by Ian Kerr and the upper arch smile work by Russell Blanchard. The technician for the FRC crowns was Robin Snell from Pyramid Dental Laboratory and the porcelain work was done by Pawel who will soon by our in house technician.
As ever if you would like to know more about these techniques and how they may help you then please do not hesitate to contact the surgery on 01580 752202