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Atlas of Cosmetic Dentistry: A Patient's Guide

Each page of the book is a self-contained description of a common problem (such as stained, crooked, fractured, and missing teeth; gaps between teeth; a gummy smile; and unesthetic existing restorations); the treatment methods used to solve it (including placement of porcelain laminate veneers and crowns, composite bonding, tooth whitening, bridges, implants, periodontics, and orthodontics); and the final outcome. In addition, a few pages are dedicated to providing information about procedures that are prerequisites for cosmetic dentistry, such as treatment of periodontal diseases and dental implant imaging techniques. This patient guide is a proven method for increasing patient acceptance of cosmetic dental treatment.


I. Porcelain Laminate Veneers and Crowns
1 Tooth Discoloration and Asymmetry
Porcelain Laminate Veneers • Porcelain Crown • Tooth Whitening • Gingival Recontouring
2 Gummy Smile and Unesthetic Restorations
Porcelain Laminate Veneers • Gingival Recontouring
3 Uneven Gum Line and Tooth Alignment
Porcelain Laminate Veneers • Porcelain Crowns • Gingival Recontouring
4 Stained, Crooked Teeth and Uneven Gum Line
Porcelain Laminate Veneers • Gingival Recontouring
5 Gap Between Front Teeth
Porcelain Laminate Veneers
6 Rotated, Stained, and Worn Teeth with Gaps
Porcelain Laminate Veneers
7 Unesthetic Single-Tooth Restoration
New Single-Tooth Crown
8 Unesthetic Restorations and Uneven Gum Line
Porcelain Laminate Veneers • Gingival Recontouring

II. Composite Bonding
9 Multiple Gaps Between Teeth
Composite Bonding
10 Crooked Teeth
Composite-Bonded Veneers
11 Fractured Tooth
Composite Bonding
12 White Spots on the Teeth
Composite Bonding
13 Unesthetic Gold Restorations
Composite Bonding
14 Old Silver Fillings
Composite Bonding
15 Excessive Tooth Wear at Gum Line
Composite Bonding
16 Old Fillings and Loss of Tooth Structure
Porcelain Onlays • Composite Bonding

III. Tooth Whitening
17 Stained Teeth
Tooth Whitening

IV. Bridges
18 Unesthetic Restorations and Gum Recession
Porcelain Laminate Veneers • Porcelain Bridge • Porcelain Crown • Reformation of Gum Tissue
19 Periodontal Disease and Unesthetic Smile
Porcelain Bridge • Porcelain Crown • Porcelain Veneers • Splinting • Periodontal Surgery
20 Gummy Smile and Unesthetic Restorations
Porcelain Bridge • Precision Attachments • Splinting • Periodontal Surgery
21 Retained Primary Teeth in an Adult
Gingival Recontouring • Ovate Pontic Site Development • Porcelain and Bonded Bridges • Porcelain Crowns
22 Unesthetic Denture with Visible Clasps
Precision-Attached Removable Partial Denture • Porcelain Bridge • Ovate Pontic Site Development
23 Missing Tooth
Bonded Bridge • Ovate Pontic Site Development • Porcelain Laminate Veneer
24 Periodontal Bone Loss and Crooked Teeth
Pink Porcelain • Fixed Bridge • Precision Attachments • Ridge Augmentation

V. Implants
25 Evaluating Bone for Implant Placement
Dental Implant Imaging
26 Missing Tooth
Dental Implant • Porcelain Crown
27 Missing Molars
Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge
28 Periodontal Bone Loss
Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge • Pink Porcelain
29 Uncomfortable Conventional Denture
Implant-Supported Removable Denture
30 Augmenting Bone for Implant Placement
Ridge Augmentation • Sinus Graft

VI. Periodontics
31 Receding Gum Line
Cosmetic Gingival Grafting
32 Periodontal Disease
Cleanings • Home Care • Scaling and Root Planing • Periodontal Surgery

VII. Orthodontics
33 Crooked Teeth
34 Crooked Teeth and Jaw Misalignment
Orthodontics • Orthognathic Surgery

Dear Doctor,

I never fully realized our capacity as dentists to change people’s lives until I witnessed a patient’s astonishment and appreciation following my first cosmetic dental procedure and dental implant reconstruction. It brought a level of fun and excitement to dentistry I wanted to experience every day. However, I often found that patients left the office confused about treatment suggestions such as porcelain veneers, ovate pontic sites, CT scans, dental implants, precision attachments, or composite bonding. The common response was that they would have to think about it. It was difficult to explain the results that could be achieved through dental treatment and the difference these changes could make not only in their outward appearance, but also in their self-image and self-confidence. It was my desire to communicate these ideas to my patients that inspired the creation of Atlas of Cosmetic Dentistry: A Patient’s Guide.

Using this book, patients can look at photographs of individuals with similar problems and see the difference treatment has made for them. The concise, easy-to-read text helps them understand the steps involved in specific procedures and how dentistry can help them achieve their goals. The dentist and staff then can add details that individualize the treatment for each patient.

My staff and I use this book every day, and I could not imagine practicing without it. I leave a copy in my reception room and in all of the treatment rooms of my office. Patients frequently look through the book when they first enter the treatment room. In many cases, they are the ones to initiate dialogue about treatment possibilities: Am I a candidate? Which procedures will be best for me? How long will it take? When can we get started?

To help you use this book as effectively as possible, I have provided in the following pages a description of the treatment methods used in each case. Using this guide, you will be able to describe with confidence and accuracy the procedures that were used to treat the patients shown in the book and point out any differences in the treatment that your patient will receive.

Atlas of Cosmetic Dentistry: A Patient’s Guide is an extraordinary tool to facilitate conversation in the dental office regarding cosmetic dental procedures. It educates, motivates, and inspires patients to accept the treatment that can change their lives. I am confident that it will be as valuable an asset to your practice as it has been to mine.

Mark J. Landau, DDS
Private Practice
Skokie, Illinois