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
5060 California Ave., #170,
Bakersfield, CA 93309