Before & After
Our Patient's Before & Afters
Dental Implants / Implant-supported denture
Our patient, a 70 year old male, had worn a lower denture partial for years. Because of the wear and tear on soft and hard tissues in the lower jaw (not unusual for long term denture wearers), the patient sustained considerable bone resorption. His remaining lower teeth were severely deteriorated.
Pain became unbearable as the denture created increasing pressure on the mandibular nerve. The patient eventually was forced to stop using a lower denture. Soon after, because of eating difficulty, the patient began to lose considerable weight.
When the patient first presented in our office, Dr. Marinic was able to determine that the patient could be a candidate for a specialized implant system that would take the best advantage of his unique jawbone structure. Some areas of the mandible were healthy and had sufficient bone material that could support a custom implant solution.
Dr. Marinic surgically located the delicate mandibular nerve and was able to develop specific treatment methods that eliminated additional risk for damaging this critical nerve tissue.
Dr. Marinic extracted the remaining teeth in the patient’s lower jaw. Implants were placed in healthy areas of the jaw. Since a specialized extraction procedure was used that did not further compromise the patient’s bone structures, a total of four implants were placed, enabling the fitting of an implant secured denture
After a three month healing period, the patient returned to have a specialized impression taken so that Dr. Marinic could specially craft an implant-supported denture that would meet all of his needs. The specifications were taken digitally and sent to our in-office lab to manufacture a titanium framework for the prosthesis lab that would match the implant and jaw structure comfortably.
When the prosthetic base was completed, Dr. Marinic fit teeth to the structure, and had the patient try it out for phonetics, esthetics, and function. When he was sure that the teeth would fit and function perfectly, Dr. Marinic processed the teeth in our in-house laboratory to perfectly color-match the patient’s smile. The new teeth were then permanently attached to the implant abutments.
Smile Makeover: Implants, Crowns and Porcelain Veneers
Our patient, a “50 something” successful Cook County area businesswoman, had a high visibility profession that involved routine contact with business executives. She was becoming self conscious about her smile. Older restorations including gold onlays, porcelain with metal crowns, composite veneers and porcelain with metal bridges had all begun to fail or show signs of significant, yet normal wear.
Porcelain was fracturing off and certain wear factors reflecting a the development of a poor bite occlusion relationship. Overuse of teeth whitening compounds were affecting both her gum tissues and tooth enamel, causing additional problems of tooth sensitivity.
After consulting with the patient and providing her with several different treatment choices, it was decided that all restorative products and procedures would incorporate the use of premium porcelain materials. Her smile makeover included 10 veneers, 3 dental implants, and multiple crowns.
Not only does our patient have great looking teeth… but they are now able to smile more normally. Notice how the upper lip now travels up further, revealing a broader smile.
Smiling with confidence is now effortless for our patient. She senses it has improved her on the job functioning as a sales executive and has caused many of her acquaintances to comment on how dazzling her smile is.
Smile Makeover: Porcelain Veneers
Large spaces and gaps between teeth can be a hereditary event or they can be caused by injury and trauma.
Orthodontics is a popular treatment that can be effective in some cases. Many patients, especially adults, prefer an alternative treatment that yields immediate permanent results that can have a very dramatic impact on cosmetic appearance.
The before photo reflects the degree of spacing between multiple teeth. Since the patient was focused primarily on the upper arch, premium porcelain components were handcrafted to replace problematic teeth and to close up spaces between adjacent teeth.
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