Published By: Dene LeBeau
"Excellence from the Heart"
Our family has a vacation cabin near Creede,Colorado and I was pleasantly surprised when asked to be a part-time dentist in this town. Without government funding, this town would be the last place in The West one would expect to see a dental clinic. Multiple extractions and denture fabrication are the main game in Creede, Colorado. I never dreamt of undertaking a LeBeau “Case Of The Month” in a clinic aimed at providing “low cost” services.
Shortly before her death, she had expressed a desire for him to have his dental health addressed, specifically asking that he do something about his front teeth. He wanted to honor her wish by having me restore his smile. Bill said, “ I want to do this for the love of my life. She would have wanted this.” His healing process was now part of my life.
Diagnostically, Bill’s risks were minimal for periodontal, biomechanical, and occlusal concerns. Dentofacially, he presented with very old PFM crowns and darkened exposed roots. Teeth 7, 8, and 9 had been endodontically treated long ago, and 7 was significantly darker than 10. We chose a treatment of layered zirconia crowns for 7, 8, and 9, leaving 10 and all other maxillary teeth as they were. The Laboratory was able to artistically create beautiful restorations for these teeth that perfectly matched #10 and fit into his smile.