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Cosmetic Dentistry for a Dentist: A Case Study in Successful Teamwork

“Physician heal thyself” doesn’t work quite so well in the case of dentistry and it is not surprising that dentists with dental issues tend to seek the help of the best dentists they know.

This is what happened in the case of Dr Abraham McCarthy, dentist at Envisage Dentistry Falkirk, who decided to have cosmetic dentistry carried out on his own front teeth and booked an appointment with Dr Brendan Murphy here at Crystal Dental Care in Glasgow.

Dr McCarthy’s initial dental selfie showed his discoloured and spaced front teeth. They were also ground down at the back of the front teeth, which made them particularly sensitive.

We had to use approximately double the normal level of anaesthetic due to this and also due to the fact that he’s a big chap with more than his share of compact bone around the tooth roots.

The above shows that three teeth towards the upper left have been minimally prepared for porcelain zirconium crowns. It can also be noted from this image that the unadjusted teeth (to the left of picture) are discoloured with a slightly porous enamel texture, causing a degree of staining.

The above picture shows that temporaries were fitted using a ‘wax-up’ that Dr McCarthy himself had provided. In effect, he provided Dr Murphy with a template guide for the eventual porcelain profile.

dental team at work

The familiar face of Alec Adair (top left), who carries out most of the high quality ceramic (cosmetic and implant technical work) for Envisage Dental Group and Crystal Dental Care, was present at this key stage of the treatment.

During crown preparation Dr Murphy and Dr McCarthy consulted with him for the selection of shades, shape/profile and enamel porcelain translucency.

The final picture below shows that we managed a first time fit for Dr McCarthy’s six porcelain crowns.

Although this was an example of a dentist treating another dentist it’s important to recognise that our patients receive the same quality of care that we seek for ourselves, friends and families, using the same technical staff and high quality porcelain ceramics.

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Dr Brendan Murphy (BDS Glasgow) 1992 GDC 67679 is clinical director at Crystal Dental Glasgow. He has been a dentist in Glasgow for more than 20 years. He is passionate about patient care and highly experienced in cosmetic dentistry. He shares the case studies on this website as examples of what is possible when faced with often tricky dental issues. It is never too late to seek help even for long term dental problems.

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