Why Use an Essix Retainer Versus a Flipper During Dental Implant Therapy

February 16, 2024 Lee Ann Brady DMD

Why Use an Essix Retainer Versus a Flipper During Dental Implant Therapy 

Lee Ann Brady, DMD 

When it comes to choosing a provisional during implant therapy in the anterior aesthetic zone, we have two removable options. One is called a “flipper.” It’s an interim partial denture composed of an acrylic base and a denture tooth. The other is an Essix retainer.  

There is no question that both options are taxing for the patient for the three to five months that the patient is edentulous and must deal with having this removable device to replace the tooth. So, I always tell my patients that they are going to have to manage the provisional for that time, but it’s worth it because, in the end, they have replaced the tooth with an implant with all the benefits of an implant versus an alternative prosthetic solution. 

In my practice, I use Essix retainers in nearly 100% of the cases. Why? Because an Essix retainer is tooth-borne. The pressure is placed on the teeth and not on the surgical site. In the case of a flipper, the prosthesis is primarily tissue-borne with a little pressure placed on the adjacent teeth. We really don’t want any pressure on the surgical site while it is healing. Pressure can induce biological problems in bone grafts and connective tissue, which affect the long-term outcome. From an aesthetic perspective, the most challenging thing about anterior implant aesthetics is replicating the size, shape, and position of the tissues of the alveolar ridge and papilla. I want to do everything I can to eliminate pressure on the healing tissue. 

In my practice, we do Essix retainers that don’t have a full solid tooth in them. Instead, we simply paint flowable on the facial so that there’s zero pressure anywhere around that surgical site after extraction, after grafting, and after implant placement.  

In addition to explaining the improved outcomes associated with using an Essix retainer, I assure my patients that the retainer will be more comfortable to wear than a denture and be easily removed by them for eating, for drinking liquids other than water that are likely to stain the retainer, for teeth cleaning, and for cleaning the prosthesis. When out in public, such as in a restaurant, patients may carefully eat while wearing the Essix retainer.  

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Planning Where The Pink Should Be

July 8, 2019 Lee Ann Brady DMD

When we identify patients, whose dental esthetics has been negatively impacted by altered passive eruption, our treatment plans are apt to include altering the gingival esthetics. One of the things we are tasked with is determining where we want the tissue to be.

We start by determining if the incisal edge is correctly positioned in the face.

For example, by looking at a lips at rest photograph and a full face image for my patient with altered passive eruption, we can see that the patient’s incisal edges are correctly positioned. If they were not properly positioned, we would next plan the position for the incisal edges.

Tooth proportion becomes the next building block in the planning puzzle. We know that beautiful anterior teeth are usually between 70-80% width to length ratio. This variability allows us to accommodate other clinical considerations, as well as patient preference. As a starting point, I begin with 75% and then look at the other parameters.

If the patient has excessive gingival display, and one of the hoped for outcomes is to minimize the amount of gingiva, we can alter the drawing to increase the length and then evaluate the esthetic result.  On the other hand, if there is excessive sulcus depth, we can place the proposed gingival margin within the confines of the sulcus and assess the esthetic result.

 

Patient Involvement

I create template drawings, like the one below, in Keynote on my Mac computer, but drawings also can be done in PowerPoint. I then sit down with my patient, insert a retracted teeth apart patient photo behind the drawing, and together we move the lines until the patient is happy with where the pink will be.

 

Once we have the final proposal, the next step is to determine the possible treatment options to gain the intended result. The information can easily be transferred to a wax-up or used to create a snap on trial smile.

How to Create and Use Templates

In Keynote or PowerPoint, take a retracted teeth apart photo of a beautiful, near perfect smile. Put it into the presentation software. Blow the image up to 200%. Using the free form drawing tool, trace the outline of the upper six anteriors. Take the photo out and save the presentation as a named template.key or template.ppt file.

When you want to do proposal drawings with your patient, open up the template, insert the patient’s photo and save the file with the patient’s name. You can copy and paste the tooth outlines onto any of the patient’s photos to propose gingival changes. If you pre-draw and save outline templates for various tooth sizes (ratios), you can quickly show options to your patient.

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Tooth Proportion Aesthetic Ratio

January 28, 2019 Lee Ann Brady DMD

One of the challenges of aesthetic dentistry is setting clear expectations for patients. The more we can use visual tools over words the easier this becomes.

Over the years I have found that looking at photos with patients, both of their teeth and of the teeth of other people whose smiles demonstrate the principles I am explaining has made patient understanding much more successful. I always ask permission to show a patient the photos of their teeth as I find sometimes they are shocked by what they see. The photos can also be used to show them the changes being proposed. Drawing shapes and lines on the images communicates the information without the risk of setting unattainable expectations, which I fear using photoshop might.

The Third Aesthetic Zone Ration

The next of the esthetic zone ratios looks at tooth proportion. Upper anterior teeth look their most esthetic when the ratio comparing width to length is between 70-80%. This proportion can be measured on a computer screen in pixels using programs like Keynote or Powerpoint.  Insert the image into a slide and trace the outline of the tooth with the freehand shape tool. Once the shape is complete click on it and hold your mouse curser over the corner. The pixels for width and length will apear and you can calculate the ratio. It is also easy to figure out this ratio by measuring on a stone model with digital calipers, or from a printed image using a ruler.

(Width/Length) * 100= Tooth Proportion Ratio

What the Ratio Means

Teeth with a ratio of less than 70% appear too tall and narrow. If it is greater then 80% the tooth appears too short and wide. If the tooth has a width to length ratio that is less than 70% or greater than 80% and we are going to treatment plan changing it we have to determine where we make the length adjustments at the incisal edge or the free gingival margin. The fist step is to determine the correct position of the incisal edge in the face using a lips at repose or rest photo. From the proposed incisal edge position we can then determine the proper position of the free gingival margin using this ration.

Some simple math can be very helpful when determining the appropriate length to correct this ratio.

  • 70%= width times 1.43
  • 75%=width times 1.33
  • 80%=width times 1.25

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Anterior Segment Aesthetic Ratio

January 21, 2019 Lee Ann Brady DMD

Aesthetic Zone ratios is one of many ways to evaluate the appearance of a patients smile, and also to plan for changes that will improve overall aesthetics.

In the last article on using aesthetic zone ratios we looked at comparing the width to the height. This ratio allows us to gather data and diagnose issues like vertical maxillary excess and hypermobile lip that cause this ratio to be larger than normal.

Anterior Segment Ratio

The next of the four ratios compares the width of the total esthetic zone, all of the teeth visible between the commissures at a full smile, and the width of just the anterior segment, between the distal of the canines. The first thing to do is measure the two distances. This can be done in pixels by inserting a line over a full smile photo, or measured with a mm ruler on a printed photograph. Make sure your line is placed at the inside of the soft tissue near the commissures. The relationship to real width is irrelevant as we are going to use a ratio. We then divide the width of the anterior segment by the width of the esthetic zone and multiply by 100.

Arch Width Ratio= (Anterior Segment Width/ Esthetic Zone width) x 100

Smiles that are rated as attractive have an anterior segment width ratio between 59-75%, and the average ratio is 66%. The percentages do not have a gender or age bias which makes relying on these numbers easy. If the ration is too small or too large I start to wonder about arch space issues. Often with patients with a large midline diastema you will see this ratio be larger than 75%. In these cases or cases with inadequate space I want to make sure we use wax-ups and mock-ups to ascertain that we can meet the patients aesthetic demands without the addition of ortho to the treatment plan.

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Anterior Aesthetic Zone Ratio

January 15, 2019 Lee Ann Brady DMD

There are many different ways to assess and diagnose the aesthetics of a smile. I love learning a different approach, not so I can change to it, but so I can incorporate it into what I am already doing.

I had the pleasure of attending a full day lecture by Dr. Corky Willhite on transitional Bonding. Corky is one of the dentists I respect the most when it comes to composite education, and I had not heard him teach for many years so I was really looking forward to it. With all of the great new tricks I learned about composite, what I came away with that has me most excited is the four Esthetic Zone Ratios, to analyze and improve the attractiveness of a smile.

What Are Aesthetic Zone Ratios?

Esthetic Zone Ratios is an approach to smile design, and can be used in conjunction with or as a replacement for other smile design systems. There are four aesthetic zone ratios:

  • Anterior Aesthetic Zone Ratio
  • Tooth Proportion Ratio
  • Anterior Segment Ratio
  • Central Dominance Ratio

Aesthetic Zone Ratio

The first of the four ratios compares the width and height of the esthetic zone at a full smile. The first thing you will need is a full smile photograph of the patient. I typically ask the patient to say “E” to capture this photo so I do not get their posed smile with less display. I utilize presentation software to do the analysis since the program will do the math for me. I insert the full smile photograph into a slide. I then insert two lines one from for the width from inside the upper to inside the lower lip. I then do the same thing for width taking my line from the commissures, just inside the tissue of the cheek or face. You can then get the pixels length of the two lines by placing your cursor over the end of the line and holding.

Now you are going to divide the two numbers into each other, height divided by width, then take that result times 100 and you now have a percentage. The ideal ratio is between 15-30%. If this ratio is great then 30% we can then focus on a diagnostic cause of the smile being too tall or high. This might be things like Vertical Maxillary Excess or a short upper lip. The ratio triggers me to go back and look through other photos and evaluate the face and sift tissue for diagnostic challenges. If the number is smaller then 15% we may have a long upper lip, reduced lip mobility or a short lower face.

Facial and Soft Tissue anomalies are rarely treated when we fix the teeth, but can have a significant impact on the aesthetic outcomes, and when undiagnosed can often negatively impact our dental treatment plan.

Are you routinely taking diagnostic photos with patients?

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Dr. Lee Ann Brady is passionate about dentistry, her family and making a difference. She is a general dentist and owns a practice in Glendale, AZ limited to restorative dentistry. Lee’s passion for dental education began as a CE junkie herself, pursuing lots of advanced continuing education focused on Restorative and Occlusion. In 2005, she became a full time resident faculty member for The Pankey Institute, and was promoted to Clinical Director in 2006. Lee joined Spear Education as Executive VP of Education in the fall of 2008 to teach and coordinate the educational curriculum. In June of 2011, she left Spear Education, founded leeannbrady.com and joined the dental practice she now owns as an associate. Today, she teaches at dental meetings and study clubs both nationally and internationally, continues to write for dental journals and her website, sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, Inside Dentistry and DentalTown Magazines and is the Director of Education for The Pankey Institute.

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Utilizing Chair-side Air Abrasion

January 13, 2019 Lee Ann Brady DMD

Chair-side air abrasion has numerous advantages, especially today when we use adhesive retention so much of the time.

The advantages for many years have been outweighed by the logistic challenges. With the advent of small, lightweight, easy to use air abrasion handpieces this is no longer true. When I became aware of the etchmaster I was skeptical, but I am now a believer and use air abrasion int he operatory all day long.

The Clinical Applications

One of the first things that many of us will utilize air abrasion for is to “etch” zirconia restorations for bonding during final seating. The only way to prepare the inside of a zirconia restoration is with 30-50 micron aluminum oxide. The particle size and type is critical. The ideal pressure is 1 bar (15psi). Next on my list is to clean tooth preparations prior to bonding and cementation. To me there is no better way to assure the removal of temporary cement and prepare a tooth for maximal adhesive retention than with 30 micron aluminum oxide.

My list goes on as I have started to prepare small class one cavity preparations using small glass beads in my chair-side unit. Cleaning out the occlusal grooves prior to a sealant and etching un-prepped enamel for anterior esthetic composite margins are other uses. In addition sodium bicarbonate can be used to remove stain. Now that I have a convenient, easy to use unit, I find more and more reasons everyday.

Air Abrasion Made Easy

When I first began to experiment with air abrasion the biggest challenge was the equipment and managing the logistics.  The Etchmaster is a small 3 to 4 inch attachment that connects to either a 3 or 4 hole line on your unit. The pressure is precisely controlled, for great clinical outcomes, and it means the patients mouth is not full of powder when you are done. The powders come in pre-filled tips that slide into the top of the hand-piece. You can choose from a variety of sizes and particle types and sizes. This means no more filling a reservoir with powder, wondering if you have too little or too much. It also means not wondering what particle type and size is in the reservoir the next time you go to use the unit.

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Panadent Dento-Facial Analyzer Technique: Level Planes

October 7, 2018 Lee Ann Brady DMD

Function and esthetics are the two primary goals of excellent treatment. Achieving them both simultaneously requires the right tools used with the best skill possible. The  Dento-Facial Analyzer is my go-to for gathering information I can use to improve the outcome of mounting a maxillary model.

In parts 1 and 2 of this series, I introduced the Dento-Facial Analyzer and began the discussion of how to capture records with it. Here, I’ll complete my overview of a solid technique:

Completing the Dento-Facial Analyzer Technique

… Ensure the Dento-Facial Analyzer is positioned level to the horizon both when looking straight on at the patient’s face from the anterior section and looking at them from the side. It should be level in both planes of space. Then, allow the bite silicone to set and have the patient hold to verify.

Remember that the main use of the Dento-Facial Analyzer is transferring three significant pieces of information. This is either intended for the laboratory or for when we mount our own models.

The first piece of information is the maxillary relationship – the distance to hinge access – which means it’s very important that the central incisors on the maxilla are seated against the plastic bite plate.

Second, we are transferring information about the occlusal plane and the incisal plane. From an incisal plane perspective, it’s crucial that the plate is level to the horizon as we look straight on at the patient once we have the analyzer in. The vertical rod on the analyzer indicates the center of the face – the facial midline – which can be given by the central philtrum of the upper lip or the center of glabella.

You should also look at how you’ve captured the record from a lateral view. This ensures the occlusal plane – the relationship of the cant from anterior to posterior teeth that exists in the patient’s face – is transferred accurately to the lab or onto the articulator. The side bar of the Dento-Facial Analyzer should be level to the horizon.

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Dento-Facial Analyzer Technique: Capturing Records

October 1, 2018 Lee Ann Brady DMD

You can gather accurate functional and esthetic information using the Panadent Dento-Facial Analyzer for restorative cases. I’ve found this tool particularly effective compared to alternatives such as the Facebow or stick bite.

If you haven’t done so yet, make sure to check out the introduction to this series on the Dento-Facial Analyzer. It includes background information, armamentarium, and key reasons why the device can elevate patient care.

Without further ado, the Dento-Facial Analyzer technique:

Essentials of Dento-Facial Analyzer Technique

Once you have the white disposable plate – which is actually the piece you will send to the lab once the record is captured – snapped onto the Dento-Facial Analyzer, use VPS tray adhesive to lightly coat the plastic tray. You are only going to do this from about the canine position posteriorly because you aren’t going to put silicone on the anterior portion of that bite plate.

Next, attach the vertical reference bar to the Dento-Facial Analyzer. Without bite registration on it, take it to the patient’s mouth and seat the central incisors exactly against the white plastic in the front labially.

Verify that you can hold this level to the horizon in two planes of space and that you can touch the patient’s teeth. If not, you might need to build up the posterior.

If you’ve verified this, put bite silicone on the plate from the canine position back, then seat it again, making sure the central incisors are seated labially against the white plastic …

I’ll round up this fun technique with Part 3 in the series coming soon.

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Panadent Dento-Facial Analyzer Technique: Introduction

September 21, 2018 Lee Ann Brady DMD

The Dento-Facial Analyzer is a marvelous tool I use in the practice to mount maxillary models. It has made a huge difference in my practice of dentistry and is one of my favorite tools to teach.

Introduction to the Dento-Facial Analyzer

For the critical aspects of diagnostics and sending info to the lab for the completion of a restorative case, mounting models appropriately is so important. They must be mounted in three planes of space referenced to hinge access to capture esthetic information including incisal plane and occlusal plane relative to the horizon.

Traditionally, this has been accomplished by utilizing a Facebow, Earbow, or by actually capturing hinge access position. Now, we have the option of using the Kois Dento-Facial Analyzer to capture both functional information and esthetic information that we would normally get with a Fox’s bite plane or stick bite. All of this functionality is managed with one simple device.

The Kois Dento-Facial Analyzer was designed based on scientific information gathered by Dr. John Kois, which shows that the distance from the incisal edge position of the maxillary central incisors to hinge access on average is 100 mm. Most people fall within a range of 5 mm to the average, therefore this is the assumption made when the device takes a record.

The armamentarium for record capturing with the Panadent instrument includes the analyzer, bite registration silicone in a gun with a tip, VPS adhesive used in an impression tray, and disposable bite plates that snap onto the analyzer (from the device manufacturer Panadent).

You can use bite registration silicone, Panadent bite tabs, wax, or VPS heavy body impression material to capture the record …

I’ll continue this review of the Dento-Facial Analyzer technique in Part 2, coming soon! And don’t miss one of my recent Pankey Gram favorites from Dr. Bill Gregg on an occlusion-focused hygiene exam. Read it here for his insightful tips.

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Shrink Wrap Provisional Technique for Predictable Veneers: Part 4

August 24, 2018 Lee Ann Brady DMD

Creating amazing provisionals primes the patient for a positive treatment experience and ensures they’ll be content even before the final veneers. Read on for the last post in our four-part shrink wrap provisionals fabrication series:

Checking Occlusion and Polishing Shrink Wrap Provisionals

After cleaning off most of the excess from the provisional with a universal scaler, extra fine mosquito diamond, and a brownie, use the same diamond to open the linguo-gingival embrasures with the intent that the patient should be able to pass floss through them. This also keeps the tissue as healthy as possible for the seat later on.

Now that you’ve done all your flash trim, you should check the protrusive and right and left excursive occlusion, making sure you have even marks and no fremitus. Check intercuspal position to ensure you have no fremitus there as well, either lying back or with the patient in the alert feeding position.

With everything trimmed and ready to go, the last step is simply to polish. You can use the Brasseler Featherlite porcelain polishing system running in a latch handpiece. Utilize the first of three polishers at about 15,000 RMP, then move to the second polisher at about 10,000 RPM. They can be run at a higher speed, but you’ll get way fewer uses out of the polishers. Finally, run the last of the three polishers at about 7,000 RPM.

If you notice a porosity after cleaning out the residue from the polishing, you can use a Venus Diamond flowable that matches the esthetics of the bisacryl exactly. Fill the void by manipulating the side of the explorer to drag away excess and feather it out. Then simply light cure so that food doesn’t pack into the void.

The final step of this shrink wrap technique is to use Dialite polishing paste from Brasseler in an impregnated bristle brush to create a perfectly smooth finish. The entire process of provisionalization should take no more than about fifteen minutes.

 

The Shrink Wrap Technique is taught in our hands on course Excellence in Bonded Porcelain.

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Lee Ann Brady DMD

Dr. Lee Ann Brady is passionate about dentistry, her family and making a difference. She is a general dentist and owns a practice in Glendale, AZ limited to restorative dentistry. Lee’s passion for dental education began as a CE junkie herself, pursuing lots of advanced continuing education focused on Restorative and Occlusion. In 2005, she became a full time resident faculty member for The Pankey Institute, and was promoted to Clinical Director in 2006. Lee joined Spear Education as Executive VP of Education in the fall of 2008 to teach and coordinate the educational curriculum. In June of 2011, she left Spear Education, founded leeannbrady.com and joined the dental practice she now owns as an associate. Today, she teaches at dental meetings and study clubs both nationally and internationally, continues to write for dental journals and her website, sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, Inside Dentistry and DentalTown Magazines and is the Director of Education for The Pankey Institute.

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