My Turn to Give Back

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The AACD Charitable Foundation's Give Back a Smile™ (GBAS) program encourages AACD members nationwide to volunteer their time and “give back a smile” to survivors
of domestic violence with missing or damaged teeth. The impact a smile can have on a person’s appearance, confidence, and happiness is profound. Working with this patient reinforced how important a smile is to a person’s overall appearance and well-being. Thank you to Dr. Buddy Mopper and all the GBAS volunteers and supporters.

Learn more at www.GiveBackaSmile.com

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My Turn to Give Back

  1. 1. A Great Smile is an Eye OpenerMy Turn to Give BackBuddy Mopper, DDS, MS, FAACD
  2. 2. Over the years, I have seen what great work the AACD’s Charitable Foundation has done for survivors of domestic violence. Their Give Back a Smile™ (GBAS) program encourages AACD membersnationwide to volunteer their time and “give back a smile” to survivors of domestic violence with missing or damaged teeth. The impact asmile can have on a person’s appearance, confidence, and happiness is profound. Working with this patient reinforced how important a smile is to a person’s overall appearance and well-being.Adapted from the full article, which originally appeared in the AACD’s Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, Spring 2010 issue. For more information, visit www.AACD.com. © 2010-2013 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. Patient History and Findings“Diane” presented in early 2010 with a missing maxillary right centralincisor, fractured left central incisor, fractured right lateral incisor, and a semi-closed eyelid where her eye had been replaced. Diane was violently attacked by her ex-boyfriend in 2000. The blows to her face were so vicious she lost her upper right central, fractured her right lateral and left central incisor, and suffered such severe damage to her eye it had to be removed.After meeting Diane and hearing her story of domestic abuse, I was anxious to start treatment as soon as possible.
  4. 4. Pre-treatment, natural Pre-treatment, retracted After the mock-up.smile view showing view.damage from abuse.Ribbond cemented in Teflon tape was placed Application of nano-fillplace with Insure resin over the gingival tissue to composite over thecement (Cosmedent) and aid in the creation of a Ribbond to form theoverlaid with Renamel smooth gingival surface dentin layer of the toothNano (Cosmedent). for the pontic. Surface.
  5. 5. Application and sculpting Addition of small amount Smoothing flowableof lingual surface with of flowable Renamel Renamel Microfill withnano-fill. Microfill. Cosmedent #3 brush.Polymerized flowable Creation of cervical Gray tint applied tocreating the artist’s chroma. enhance incisalcanvas. translucency.
  6. 6. Gray tint was added to Renamel Microfill was Great attention was giventhe incisal third. placed and sculpted to to the proper formation of the exact proximal line angles and contour while at the same embrasures. time slightly over contouring from the facial.This technique of Prior to finishing, measurements were taken from thesculpting greatly mesial of the lateral incisor to lateral incisor with asimplifies the final digital boley gauge and then divided by two, totechnique of contouring, determine the total width of space needed for bothfinishing, and polishing. central incisors.
  7. 7. Angulation and inclination Completed restoration Polishing completed;have to be done by “eye- prior to polishing. notice lack of gingivalballing” it to create chroma.symmetry.Notice moist cotton pellet More gingival tint was Finished case,on adjacent central to added to the cervical immediatelyprevent dessication to third prior to final microfill; postoperative..achieve perfect color notice the increasedmatch. chroma.
  8. 8. The Results Immediately after treatment Diane said, “I now have a beautiful smile—it has lifted my self-esteem.” One year later, Diane’s self-esteem is at its highest.She says, “It feels good when you can smile and know that the world is smiling with you. I smile all the time now, but for 10 years I couldn’t.Whenever I looked in the mirror I saw a monster; today, I see a beautiful woman. The GBAS program and Dr. Mopper gave me my life back!”
  9. 9. Give Back a Smile The Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program launched May 27, 1999. Since then, AACD member dentists, dental laboratories, and other dental professionalshave volunteered their time and expertise pro bono, to restore the damaged smiles of more than 1,200survivors of intimate partner violence for a total dollar value of more than $12 million. There are currentlymore than 250 applicants being treated throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more or support the mission of GBAS, visit www.GiveBackaSmile.com

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