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Front: This 62 year old man was told by his Dentist that he needed dentures. He was ready for some new teeth as his wife did not like his smile.
Front: This patient suffers from advanced periodontal disease, heavy cigar smoking, and general unwillingness to clean his mouth.
Front: The upper teeth have relatively few silver fillings, with an old crown on his front tooth.
Front: The lower front teeth are loose, with only a few silver amalgam fillings in the back.
Front: A view from the right side reveals shifting of the teeth and severe gingival (gum) recession, exposing the roots of the teeth to staining, decay and plaque build-up.
Front: The left side looks even worse with a heavily stained root.
Front: The radiograph shows a full set of teeth, but many with significant bone loss from advanced periodontal disease.
Front: This is a photo of the upper jaw after healing, with 4 implants that were placed immediately at the time of tooth removal.
Front: Same with the lower jaw. Look at how much he bone at the bottom of the slide resorbed after the loose teeth came out.
Front: These are dentures that snap on to implants, so they are called "overdentures".
Front: A titanium metal framework is needed because a patient with implants can bite allot harder.
Front: The underside of the upper shows the snaps. They come in different colors to indicate the tightness of the grip in each snap.
Front: The metal framework, which is needed for strength, can be seen under the surface.
Front: A close up of the new smile.
Front: The post-operative radiograph shows the 8 implants that were placed at the time of tooth removal.