Today I had the privilege of seeing a 63 year old patient I treated 17 years ago. She had her teeth removed when she was 20 years old, and for the last 30 years before I treated her had been unable to wear a lower denture. She was very thin, had digestive problems due to a poor diet and had become a recluse because she was reluctant to leave the house and be out in public with a collapsed face. We placed four lower implants and, according to the original Branemark protocol, fabricated a mandibular fixed implant supported bridge. Now she dances three nights per week and has a healthy glow about her. She joked that she has to watch her weight because she can eat anything on the menu.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309