Appearance Needs Soft Tissue Harmony Around Beautiful Teeth
Achieving esthetics in dentistry is one of the most challenging issues in dentistry and has become a persistent topic in all specialties of dentistry. The patient seeks not only a functional restoration or an implant that is osseointegrated, but also an optimal esthetic result, therefore, we are facing everyday higher and higher patients’ demands.
Caries, tooth discoloration, defective restorations, wrong restorative materials, advanced periodontal disease, consequences of periodontal therapy, iatrogenic lesions, wrong soft tissue management, wrong timing of procedures may lead to different esthetic problems such as elongated teeth, altered gingival margins, lack of three-dimensional hard and soft tissue volume, in other words an inadequate relationship between soft tissue and teeth and/or restorations. This, as a consequence, may determine an unnatural, non pleasing, smile. Modern techniques and materials can be useless if the final outcome doesn’t achieve the patient esthetic expectations.
This presentation will focus on the solutions of these problems, on an adequate diagnosis of the different sites, on the forecast of the clinical outcome and on the technical solutions, which, in most cases, requires a multidisciplinary approach and a thorough knowledge of the restorative materials and protocols which involve the effort of the entire dental team.
1. Establish the esthetic objectives
2. Understand the limitations caused by soft tissue alterations
3. Forecast the outcome of surgical and restorative treatments
4. Understand the protocol and materials that could help us in achieving a predictable outcome
Dr. Andrea Ricci graduates from University of Perugia in 1996. After a three years training program he achieved the Certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Since 1999 he limits his practice to prosthodontics, periodontology and implant dentistry with special emphasis to the aesthetic areas. His office in one the Leading Dental Centers of the World. He is the Scientific Director of IDEAT (Institute of Dental Education and Therapy). He is an Active Member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED), Associate Member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry (AARD), Active Member of the Italian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (IAED) and Active Member of the Italian College of Prosthodontics (ICP). Co-author of several papers published in international journals, he has lectured extensively in Europe, United States, Cina, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and in Japan.