Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist Anterior Tooth Replacement


Your Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist at Brookside Dental in Bellevue WA has considerable experience in developing beautiful smiles fixing only a single front tooth.  Cosmetic Dentistry alteration of a single anterior tooth to give the result of a beautiful smile would appear to be a relatively easy process compared to restoring several anterior teeth to accomplish an amazing smile. One tooth should be much less challenging and time consuming than working with several front teeth. However, in fact the opposite may often be the case. Changing a single front tooth is a significant cosmetic dentistry challenge from the perspective of the cosmetic dentist. When dealing with a single anterior tooth that needs to be restored with either a porcelain veneer or a porcelain crown multiple dentistry aspects most be considered. According to your Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist, the restored single tooth must match exactly or have a highly compatible relationship to the surrounding teeth in all aspects, such as tooth size, tooth shape and tooth color.  Additionally, the new tooth and the existing teeth must all have a pleasing esthetic perspective and perfect position relationships to each other. Anterior tooth repair or replacement is one of many methods to obtain a beautiful smile with your Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist.

A Brookside Dental cosmetic dentistry patient portrait photo is exhibited which demonstrates the beautiful cosmetic dentistry results that can be obtained after general tooth whitening and the placement of a single Seattle Porcelain Veneer on an upper front tooth.


Your Bellevue Cosmetic Dentists are able to easily control all of those aspects and relationships that are important to a beautiful smile when six or more teeth are involved in a cosmetic dental smile change. Multiple teeth are usually done at the same time by a laboratory making the crowns or veneers for the cosmetic dentist. When multiple teeth are prepared at the same time by the laboratory, the size, shape and color of all the teeth can be controlled in order to match and appear natural. The spatial relationships are accomplished and controlled at the time of the final placement of the teeth in the patient’s mouth. The placement and cosmetic coordination of multiple teeth is a much easier process than matching a single tooth, because the size, shape and color of all surrounding and associated teeth have all been accounted for by the laboratory.

However, when placing a porcelain crown or porcelain veneer on a single front tooth, all of these things have to be accounted for at the time of final placement by your Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist. In the single tooth situation, the surrounding natural teeth often will be bleached, after which the single front tooth is matched to that color. Unfortunately, with a single front tooth there is very little margin for error, regarding color, size and shape since the natural teeth will be very prominent adjacent to the newly restored tooth. If the laboratory does not get a near perfect color match, the Bellevue or Seattle Family Dentist may have to send the tooth back to the laboratory for additional touch up work. This causes lost chair time for the dentist and potentially an unhappy patient. For this reason, many cosmetic dentists prefer to change at least four teeth in the front and more often they prefer to change six teeth to get a really good match from the laboratory.

The first photo shows a closeup of the same patient prior to having any work done on her front tooth. It exhibits a single upper anterior tooth that needs cosmetic restoration because it is darker and shorter than the other surrounding teeth.

The second photo shows a close-up of the same patient after general tooth whitening of the all the teeth and a single upper anterior porcelain veneer that has been placed on the shorter dark front tooth.

At Brookside Dental, Bellevue, WA, we have an on-site porcelain artist who produces our porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges. This advantage lets us attain a perfect match with single tooth restorations on front teeth. Additionally, he also does fantastic work with the larger 4, 6, 8 and 10 unit anterior cosmetic cases. Our on-site porcelain artist beautifully matches single crowns and veneers, so that we are able to be conservative in our cosmetic dentistry approach at Brookside Dental which saves our patients money while delivering a fantastic new smile.