Complete dentures replace all missing teeth in the upper and/or lower jaws. With complete dentures, our goal is to provide a pleasing, natural appearance as well as restoring your ability to eat and speak. Without natural teeth, the bones in the jaws continue to resorb over a lifetime. This changes a person’s appearance as well as the fitting of their prosthesis. Long-time wearers experience loosening of their dentures as the jaw loses its bone mass. We advise relining the dentures after 2 years or consideration of an implant supported prosthesis that will improve the quality of your life: aesthetics, comfort, chewing and most of all confidence.
This is a classic example when patients due to life events, care for everyone else and somehow forget to look after themselves.
This elegant lady presented in our surgery for complete dentofacial rejuvenation. This took some time and lots of perseverance by the patient and by Dr Nalbandian. Results speak for themselves and I thank the patient for having full confidence in us.
After loss of teeth, the support (scaffolding) for the facial musculature almost disappears depending on patient’s genetic factors. No amount of plastic surgery can restore the facial tissues, since the bony scaffolding (teeth and supporting bone) is not present (atrophied). To restore these soft and hard tissues, the best option provided bone volume is present, is implant supported bridgework or over-dentures.
Most patients prefer implant supported bridgework because psychologically it is your teeth fixed to your “head”. This is particularly evident during intimate moments with your partner when embarrassing tooth movement no longer occurs once the fixed implant bridge has been completed. My patients have commented on this aspect of their lives (with much excitement) both before and after their fixed implant bridgework was completed and tested!
There is lot more than just biting on an apple with confidence!Enjoy life with confidence and a little help from us.
That will guide our team in achieving optimal dentofacial aesthetics. This procedure takes time and experience.
So how do we start the dentofacial rejuvenation?
The reason Dr Nalbandian is asking these questions is because it is all about the facial harmony and not the teeth. We set the teeth to fit the face. Therefore we work backwards from the face to the lips then to the upper arch position and finally the set of teeth. The diagnostic assessment is essential.
Note the loss of teeth causes accelerated aging in this diagram.
This accelerated aging can happen at any age with loss of teeth. We refer to this as a facial atrophy.
Accelerated teethwear can also result in reduced lower facial height (refer to menu on worn smile and smile rejuvenation).
When anterior teeth are lost on the right the facial curtain hangs straight down from lower border of the orbit, and the smooth curtain from the side of the upper lip to the cheek is interrupted by an extension of nasolabial groove. Increased facial folding with loss of lower facial height
Loss of VDO-lower facial height
Loss of upper lip support
Thinning and retraction of upper lip
Accelerated aging effect
Our treatment is directed at reversing the aging effect as staged in these diagrams.
Note the stages of progress in treatment towards dentofacial rejuvenation using cosmetic denture and implant supported lower fixed bridge.
There remains a capacity for remodelling the ones of the face at any age (Enlow)
Testing patient’s adaptation and tolerance level -NEUROPLASTICITY
Provisional upper denture and the terminal lower teeth employed to initially restore the patient’s facial height and upper lip profile as much as possible. This takes considerable perseverance from the patient, but it works!
The lower teeth were removed and porcelain implant supported bridgework constructed and issued.
Three months later patient is able to adapt to the new facial height. Speech and comfort have improved dramatically, and aesthetics and confidence is immense.
Whenever possible we would like to improve on the final work. After all it is all about our patients’wellbeing.
We have finally restored the confidence and wellbeing of this elegant lady.
Patients do not want implants they want comfort, to be able chew their favourite food and smile with confidence.All above procedures were performed by Dr Sarkis Nalbandian.Education and Experience are everything.Designer Smiles® is The centre for implant, surgical and reconstructive (prosthodontic) oral rehabilitation solutions.