Is there a way to avoid a face looking sunken if an upper and lower denture wearer switches from denture to fixed bridges?
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Any way to avoid sunken in face if an upper and lower denture wearer switches from denture to to fixed bridges?
The answer depends on how much bone and soft tissue have been lost. This increases with years of wearing a denture. To replace with fixed bridges would require 8 implants ideally in both upper and lower arches. The proper position of the front teeth will give support to the upper and lower lip. The proper position of the back teeth will rebuild your occlusion to the position prior to loss of bone( in dental terms, open your bite to the correct vertical dimension). This will give support to your facial muscles and prevent that sunken in look. If there is excessive bone and tissue loss, pink porcelain between your teeth and your upper front gums(ridge) will allow your teeth to be normal size and not excessively long , and will also fill in space between your teeth and your gums. This will also give added support to your lips. If you do not want this pink porcelain to replace lost tissue, your only option would be to have a space between your teeth and your gums, and to lose some support of your lips. This will be an expensive treatment so be sure you find a dentist that has implant, reconstructive and cosmetic experience.
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