A SEAL OF APPROVAL
Uveneer was honored to be reviewed by Dentistry Today, the nation’s leading news magazine for dentists. Dentistry Today is celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary of providing dentists with new research studies, information on clinical and industry developments and continuing education. This is “the” go-to source for dentists, and it’s thrilling to be reviewed by them.
The article’s author was Robert A. Lowe DDS. Dr. Lowe received his doctor of dental surgery degree, magna cum laude, from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1982. He is a member of Catapult Elite Speakers’ Bureau and has Fellowships in the AGD, International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists, the International Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics, and the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. Throughout his career, he has authored and published several hundred articles in many phases of cosmetic and rehabilitative dentistry.
FOUR CASE STUDIES
In the articles Dr. Lowe reviews 4 different cases where Uveneer can be put to use.
The Single-Tooth Solution
The patient in Figure 1 presented with a darkened left central incisor needing an immediate chairside solution because of an important family event (case and photos courtesy of Dr. Husam abu Diab of Qalqilya, Palestine). A single direct composite veneer that would match the adjacent central incisor would be difficult enough to fabricate, but with a dark value in the “background” to be masked as well, this case could be extremely difficult to do correctly and could be time consuming in addition.
Veneering Old Porcelain Veneers With Direct Composite
The patient presented with a fractured porcelain restoration. In order to get an optimal aesthetic match between the central incisors, the long-term treatment plan was to replace the porcelain restoration on this right central incisor, and then to also redo the restoration on tooth No. 9. However, since he was getting married in less than a week, a more immediate solution was needed. The decision was made to create some space by doing a minimal veneer preparation into the ceramic, and then to overlay the existing restorations and root surface with direct composite. The aesthetic demand was high, but given that the restorations would ultimately be replaced, chair time and economics were prime considerations.
Intraoral Mock-Up for a Trial Smile
Patients often do not know what they want until they see what they don’t want. It is often a challenge to determine exactly what an aesthetically driven patient is looking for. Why? Because, often, patients do not actually know what they want. They may bring in pictures of someone they know (or perhaps of a celebrity) because they want “that” smile, but they have no clue if “that” smile is even possible in their unique facial and aesthetic situation. It is really hard to make decisions on tooth shade, shape, and length until the patients see a trial smile with the framework of their own face. Clinicians frequently use the provisional restoration to help make these decisions. Again, as mentioned earlier, the downside is the additional chair time as well as the artistic ability of the dentist. This is where a system like Uveneer comes in nicely as an option.
Mock-Up As a Template for Fabrication of Provisionals
For many aesthetic cases, the clinician will send a preoperative impression to the dental laboratory team for a diagnostic wax-up. This wax-up is then duplicated in dental stone and a thermoplastic material is used to fabricate a clear stent to be used as a template in fabricating the provisional restorations. For an aesthetic case that does not require major changes in the occlusal scheme or vertical dimension of occlusion, these composite mock-ups can be made very easily by the dentist or dental assistant in the office using darker shades of composite, saving the additional laboratory expense of a wax-up.
In every case, Uveneer came through and Dr. Lowe’s final conclusion was that uveneer, “can help the dentist more easily create aesthetic facial surfaces of maxillary anterior teeth. This template system can be used to create direct composite veneers as definitive restorations, and in a variety of diagnostic situations that help the dentist and patient get on the “same page” when designing an aesthetic restorative case to meet a patient’s individual goals.”
A SEAL OF APPROVAL
In addition to glowing praise from Dr. Lowe, other dentists have spoken up about the merits of Uveneer. This has lead to Uveneer received two reader’s choice awards. Given that the readers of Dentistry Today are dentists themselves, that is high praise from those who are most in the know about Uveneer.