Look Younger with Dentistry
As people age, normal wear and tear on our natural teeth slowly but surely reduces the height of our normal bite. This is a normal phenomenon…. regardless of how well established our oral health habits are.
Many patients become candidates for modern denture dentistry out of choice and convenience. However, some people discover, after extractions have been completed, that they are unable (for whatever reason) to wear dentures comfortably.
This becomes a very frustrating and saddening event for many patients. Whether the aversion to wearing dentures is because of loose fit, allergic reactions to the denture material, difficulty in speaking, laughing or eating…. these folks become, for the lack of a more descriptive term… denture haters.
Curing Denture Hate
Hating to wear poor fitting or improperly designed dentures is unusual. Some denture wearers eventually elect to wear dentures and wrestle with the difficulties of being endentulous, or toothless.
Meet our patient here in the photo to the left. She too hated dentures. She simply couldn’t get used to wearing an upper plate. Early on, while in her 20’s, an upper denture was made as treatment for a congenital cleft palate condition.
Through the years of this preference to be toothless, our patient’s bite collapsed (normal event), which has the unattractive result of making anyone appear older than their actual age. Other structural changes can also occur, which are not helpful for maintaining good oral health.
At the time our patient presented in our office, she was excited to learn that, with today’s advanced technologies and treatments, she could solve her problem with treatments that would give her the cure she always wanted –- new teeth without having to take them out every night.
The patient hadn’t worn dentures for many years…in fact for most of her life. As a result, she had a significant collapse of her vertical dimension, causing the mouth to close down too far. Left untreated it can cause jaw pain problems and eating difficulty.
Dr. Bram conducted an intensive study with the help of an articulator (a device for assessing bite occlusal relationships) to recreate a normal bite for her. Digital imaging and computer aided design techniques, coupled with reconstructive dentistry components through 3I Innovations Dental Labs, produced the solution of permanently implanting new teeth for the patient.
The closeup picture above shows her new upper teeth and demonstrates an excellent occlusal relationship with her existing teeth and partial.
The patient’s upper jaw, as can be seen in the photo to the left, now provides full support for her upper lip, enabling normal lip movement when smiling. She shows off a very broad smile with lots of teeth showing.
Our patient was very, very happy with the outcome! She has regained her normal bite, can eat just about anything she wants now, and can smile and speak with confidence that she hasn’t had in years.
Understandably…she has a lot to smile about!
The difference between her before and after picture is easy to see (that might be an understatement). In fact, the impact of change and improvement has gone WAY beyond just getting new teeth.