Here's another example of a patient's teeth in a day experience in our office. A patient who has upper natural teeth and no lower teeth is a classic dental cripple, because the lower jaw has limited ability to support and retain a denture, and the bone shrinks quickly when the upper natural tooth chewing forces are applied.
He had a CAT Scan of his lower jaw, and a computer program was used to design implant locations and a clear guide to be used in his mouth. After the guide was held securely, the implants were placed without making an incision.
The computer also designed a lower fixed bridge that was made in advance in our in-house laboratory. When the implants were in position, the fixed bridge was screwed down. The patient went from a lower denture to a lower fixed bridge in a single appointment.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc.,
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
(661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com
5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309