Pictures of Dentistry and Dental Procedures

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by Dr. Jeffrey Dorfman, Director of The Center for Special Dentistry.

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non-vital teeth whitening, tooth bleaching, after root canal

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dark tooth bleaching, discolored, black,  stained teeth whitening, root canal therapy A female patient presented with a dark upper front tooth. An endodontist, root canal specialist, performed root canal therapy and then a cosmetic dentist performed in-office teeth whitening on just this tooth. It is common to see a change in tooth color when the nerve in a tooth dies and it needs root canal. This can occur in one tooth and is frequently associated with traumatic injury from falling, fighting or other accidents. This discoloration is different from when all the teeth appear dark or yellow.
non-vital teeth whitening bleaching tooth porcelain dental veneers non vital how to pictures Treatment of an upper front tooth following traumatic injury. An non-vital tooth means the tooth either had root canal therapy or needs it because the nerve is dead. 1) Tooth #8 shows a burst blood vessel through enamel and deep cracks. 2) Following root canal therapy and "walking" internal bleach for just this one tooth. This tooth bleach was left inside the tooth for one week. 3) Following external office whitening of all teeth. 4) Beginning incisal reduction for porcelain veneers. This patient wanted to eliminate facial bonding on #9 and deep crack lines. 5) Beginning facial reduction using depth cuts. 6) Final preparation for porcelain veneers laminates. 7) Porcelain laminates on master model. 8) Porcelain veneers cemented.


 Information about these dental photos

     In medicine and dentistry "left" and "right" are based upon the orientation of the patient's body and not how they appear in a photograph of a smile.  For example, a reference to the upper left teeth will actually appear to be on the right side when viewing a picture of the face and similarly an upper right tooth will appear to be on the left side.

     Many words in dentistry like oral and mouth have a similar meaning and are frequently used together to help our readers find specific words they best understand.  This is particularly important because a majority of our visitors are from countries where English is not their primary language.  Maxilla or maxillary refer to the upper jaw.  Mandible or mandibular refer to the lower jaw.

     There are many other similar word combinations used throughout this website because our pages are read by patients and dentists.  A few of the most common are discussed here.  Tooth decay, tooth cavity and dental caries all mean the same thing.  Tooth, teeth and dental are also frequently interchanged as in teeth veneers or dental veneer laminate.  Oral rehabilitation and dental reconstruction mean smile makeover.  The word for x-ray may be used with or without a hyphen (this is true for other words too) and can also be called a radiograph.