At Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates our doctors have seen many patients over their lifetime of practicing. All their patients have different stories as to what has brought them to see our doctor's; from people who have suffered tragic accidents to people who have been dealt a bad hand genetically. Yet, they all have a commonality- they would like to improve their smile so they can become more confident in their life. Stephanie was one of those patients who came to see Dr. Weiner as a young girl. After 10 years, both Dr. Weiner and Dr. Morhaim worked together to transform Stephanie's smile, which started of as imperfect and making it completely flawless. Stephanie was 13 years old when she saw Dr. Eric Weiner, a cosmetic dentist who excels in all fields of dentistry, to see if he could restore her smile. As a young teenager she was embarrassed and not confident with herself been being born with missing congenital lateral incisors (missing 2 front teeth). She sought Dr. Weiner's professional advice because she longed for a sense of relief and some hope. Unfortunately, because she was 13 years old and still growing, Dr. Weiner was not able to place implants until she turned 18.
In the interim, Dr. Weiner created a temporary solution for Stephanie by creating a Maryland Bridge, which allowed for temporary replacement of her missing teeth without affecting her other teeth. This way she was able to go through her teen years more confidently. At the age of 19, Stephanie went back to Dr. Weiner's office to see if she was eligible for dental implants. After a CT Scan was performed it was discovered that the roots of her teeth were perpendicular rather than parallel. Unlike traditional x-rays, CT Scans allows you to examine your teeth as well as your jawbone and sinus cavity. Faced with this roadblock, Dr. Weiner was not able to place implants because Stephanie has to undergo orthodontic treatment in hopes to move the roots of her teeth.
Two years later, Stephanie was able to take her braces off and smile. She was excited to move forward with the process of restoring her smile. Since being born with 2 missing teeth, Stephanie had a lot of bone loss in those 2 areas. Dr. Weiner brought in our Periodontist Dr. Sam Morhaim to perform ridge augmentation to thicken the bone on her jaw line. Dr. Morhaim used the Navigation System to then place the implants to endure proper placement. Dr. Weiner then placed her post crowns and her case was finished!
After nearly ten years, Stephanie is able to now smile confidently. This case was very involved and needed a lot of time and patience. Stephanie still comes to our office for cleanings and check-ups and every time she does she gives our staff a big hug.