Vampire Teeth

Vampire Teeth

Because cosmetic dentistry can change the appearance of teeth there are occasions when we are asked to provide “vampire teeth”. In most individuals the alignment of the upper and lower teeth limits the potential space to extend teeth and the shape must allow for the jaw joint to flex in a sideway chewing movement.

Generally aesthetic bonding with tooth coloured resins to extend the existing canines is preferred. In most cases a few months is the maximum time advisable before removal of the resin.

In cases where crowns or veneers are already present it may be acceptable to replace them with temporary “fang” versions before long term restorations are placed.

Styles of treatment vary, most popular is extension of the upper canine teeth which are in the third position from the midline. As seen in classic Dracula Hammer Horror films with Christopher Lee. However the Nosferatu vampire style where extension and sharpening of the two upper front central incisors or even the lateral incisors can also produce a gothic look.

Following the Twilight Series there has been a growth in requests for “vampire” teeth. If you are over 18 years old and accept the theatrical rather than functional nature of the cosmetic bonding contact us to discuss the suitability of your case.

A guide price of around £150 per tooth should be expected and consultation fees, radiographs, and dental hygiene costs may also be applicable.

Today in our private dental practice, Dr Andy Wheeler created temporary vampire teeth for our lovely patient who wanted them for a Halloween party. No injections or drilling required.

WELCOME BACK From Tuesday 9th June

The final preparations to welcoming you back are underway and the Team is looking forward to seeing you again. Your safety is our top priority and we are planning a phased return starting with urgent treatment and assessment. This will mean that there will be a transition where protocols will change according to the up to date guidance. The following are part of the first phase guidance

1. The week before any previously booked appointment you must contact us to confirm the details of that appointment .
2. Timings will be staggered to reduce patient waiting
3. You will be required to complete a Covid status declaration and have your temperature taken.
4. Fully charge your phone, hydrate , visit the toilet and minimise personal belongings before setting off
5. Call 10 minutes prior to entering the building (we want to minimise the paths that cross)
6. Don’t bring friends or family members or children that do not have an appointment, Social distancing will be much easier for us to coordinate if the numbers are restricted.
7. We are trialling payment as you arrive, this will mean that future amendments might be required but it will smooth your flow through the practice.
8. Please avoid cash or cheque payments the best payment methods are apple / google pay however card payments and BACS are also fine
9. We love to catch up but right now is not the time. We will ask you to leave the practice once your appointment has finished. Social distancing will be much easier for us to coordinate if we can prepare for the next patient to enter the building.

Please look for the additional and updated guidance.

Regards

Dr Rob Tennet
The StJohns Dental Practice

 

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