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Front: This patient is an attractive 54 year old female who suffered with these unattractive teeth for decades.
Front: Finances have been a problem for her, but when your teeth look this bad, even finding employment is a challenge.
Front: Her bite is so closed down that her lower front teeth bite all the way to hit the upper gum. Those are the lower front teeth that show in the gap above.
Front: This patient has no back chewing teeth that touch each other, so is rapidly wearing away her front teeth.
Front: Very little remains of the upper teeth.
Front: On the lower jaw the bone is atrophied where the teeth are missing.
Front: The upper teeth on the right side have erupted to chew against the gum tissue where the lower teeth have been missing for so long.
Front: There are no teeth to chew with on the left.
Front: This is the same patient, with temporary complete upper and lower dentures, one week after tooth removal.
Front: This is the healthy upper jaw, fully healed after tooth removal.
Front: The lower jaw with two implants that were placed at the time of tooth removal.
Front: The two implants are surgically placed to align with each other. These are Locator attachments, which allow the lower denture to snap into position.
Front: The complete upper denture, chewing surface.
Front: The tissue support side of the upper denture. Note how broad the area of support is because the palate is used for suction and stability.
Front: The lower denture has to allow for cheek and tongue movement.
Front: It is held in place by the attachments on the dental implants.
Front: This is a close up view of the upper and lower dentures in the mouth.
Front: The beautiful bright smile of the final dentures (Compare to photo #1).