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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.
This patient suffers from advanced periodontal disease, heavy cigar smoking, and general unwillingness to clean his mouth.
The upper teeth have relatively few silver fillings, with an old crown on his front tooth.
The lower front teeth are loose, with only a few silver amalgam fillings in the back.
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.
The left side looks even worse with a heavily stained root.
The radiograph shows a full set of teeth, but many with significant bone loss from advanced periodontal disease.
This is a photo of the upper jaw after healing, with 4 implants that were placed immediately at the time of tooth removal.
Same with the lower jaw. Look at how much he bone at the bottom of the slide resorbed after the loose teeth came out.
These are dentures that snap on to implants, so they are called "overdentures".
A titanium metal framework is needed because a patient with implants can bite allot harder.
The underside of the upper shows the snaps. They come in different colors to indicate the tightness of the grip in each snap.
The metal framework, which is needed for strength, can be seen under the surface.
A close up of the new smile.
The post-operative radiograph shows the 8 implants that were placed at the time of tooth removal.