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This patient with an old upper denture and lower bridge was reluctant to smile.
Now we can see the upper denture, an uneven and crooked smile, but can't see the lower teeth.
The reason for the poor appearance is revealed, and how does he eat? That lower fixed bridge in the front is loose.
The underlying problems are revealed on the radiograph.
This is a very well shaped upper jaw, in spite of many decades without teeth.
Most of these lower teeth are loose.
This is the remains of the lower bridge after removal.
The temporary acrylic partial denture to be worn during healing.
This is the surface that rests on the gum.
The lower jaw is now healed with two implants to be used to hold his new removable partial denture, using "Locator " brand attachments. This patient is over 90 years old, and wanted to keep these three teeth. (The tooth on his left is covered by a very old metal crown).
This complete upper denture combined with the lower "overpartial" denture benefits from two dental implants providing biting support and retention, and allows the patient to keep his own natural teeth.
Here we are looking down on his new lower teeth.
The view of the right side with a beautifully shaped wrought wire gripping the teeth.
On his left side, the crowned tooth is helping to stabilize the back teeth.
Now the smile is more enthusiastic. There is no age limit for the benefits of dental implants.
The lower teeth are visible.
The removable bridge (partial denture) is a traditional dental treatment.