November 21, 2014

Tooth Position and Lip Support

When this patient was wearing removable dentures, her upper lip was flat and the corners of her mouth were wrinkled.  This is a typical consequence of tooth loss and bone shrinkage, and a denture that couldn't properly support facial musculature.

With All-on-4 implant bridges we designed and fabricated in our own in-office laboratory, her teeth are now bone supported instead of tissue supported.  As a result, the teeth can be positioned to give her the same lip support she enjoyed with her natural teeth--fully contoured lips with sharply defined edges.  The sunken in "denture look" no longer exists.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc.
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
(661) 325-1275
5060 California Ave., #170,
Bakersfield, CA 93309

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