I was first introduced to the new trend to replace missing gingival tissue through one of my study clubs and recently completed my first case involving a full implant supported upper bridge. Ironically, the case was one of the more challenging in my 20 plus years in the business. The patient’s severe gum loss together with the limited option of pink porcelain presented an aesthetic dilemma.
Fortunately, the GC Gradia system provided the optimal solution for the patient of Dr. Michael Johnson, located in Bellevue. www.bpdic.com
Limited Options for New Soft Tissue Gum Material
Until recently, most tissue additions associated with bridges or implants were filled with pink porcelain. We all know the results were less than the ideal aesthetics, with the tissue projecting a shiny, glossy, glass-like appearance with limited color options.
The multiple-firings needed to make the bridge and add the pink porcelain tissue can decrease the integrity of the bridge. From a lab perspective, fewer firing cycles results in less color changes and a more predictable end result.
Advantages of GC system
The GC system is comprised of microfilled composite resins that can be bonded directly to porcelain and other materials. This important difference creates a huge advantage for our lab. It’s easy to make repairs or alterations without compromising the bridge or the aesthetics. The composite material is also very stable and will last over time.
Porcelain gum tissue systems provide few color options, making it difficult to create a natural looking appearance. The GC system provides multiple color options such as red, light pink, orange and even translucent. These provide us with the artistic ability to really create the best color match for each individual patient.
The Dr. Mike Johnson Case
In the pictures of Dr. Johnson’s patient, it’s easy to see the difference in aesthetics as a result of the GC Gradia system.
The GC system proved to be the answer for a complicated case with so much tissue loss. This new technology has worked so well with Dr. Johnson’s patient that I would strongly encourage all of my dentists and those we haven’t worked with yet to consider calling to discuss this option with me further.”
Cox specializes in most all crown and bridge needs, from simple to the most advanced cases. He works with some of the area’s top dentists such as Dr. Johnson’s Prosthodontics and Dental Implant Center in Bellevue. The lab is focused on producing the latest restoration of the highest standard from single crowns to full mouth rehabilitation cases.