By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert
How did this start?
Nina has been a patient since 2012 when she came for an emergency visit because of a tooth ache and jaw pain. She had recently moved to the area and she was in need of some extensive treatment for several teeth. During her initial comprehensive exam with Dr. Elizabeth, she and Nina talked about what was going on, what Nina’s treatment options were, and how to proceed. At that time, Nina needed a referral to the Oral Surgeon for some extractions. Unfortunately, her emergency tooth ache was because of teeth that could no longer be saved.
What did Nina want?
Nina was concerned about getting too much treatment at her age but knew that due to the problems she had been experiencing she was in need of intervention. Ultimately Nina wanted to stabilize her mouth long-term and prevent further problems. Also she knew how important her teeth are for eating, speaking, and confidence.
What was involved?
Nina and Dr. Elizabeth worked for several years to treat the decay on many of her back teeth with fillings and new crowns. Nina never did like, however, the shape and color of her front teeth, always asking what could be done for them? They were getting decay, but the big issue was that they had lost a lot of enamel from wear and chipping over the years and filling material was not able to stand up to the forces Nina put on those teeth. Recently, Nina decided she wanted to move forward with putting crowns on three of her front teeth. This not only would look better, which Nina was excited for, the porcelain crowns would be able to protect the remaining tooth structure and stop the spread of decay, which was becoming more and more of an issue. Because the teeth are very visible in her smile it was important to move forward with all 3 at the same time to ensure a good match. Dr. Elizabeth prepared the three teeth for crowns, working with Nina to choose the right color, and sent them to Twin Cities Lab for fabrication.
What does Nina think?
Nina was very happy with the natural looking results! When asked about the crowns she said “I just love them!” Nina knew it had gotten to the point where it was the best thing for the teeth and that it would help keep her healthier. She only wishes she had done it a long time ago. She would recommend it to anyone in need of new crowns and said she feels just wonderful about her smile. Notice how easy it is for her to smile bigger now!
Thanks Nina! We just love working with you!