From London to New York, from Tampa Florida to California may people search for pictures and others experiences to help get through the decision to have all of ones teeth removed and replaced with immediate full dentures. This and the following blogs will follow another of my Palm Harbor Dentist office patients from her initial visit through the delivery and finally adjustment to her dentures.
There are a number of things I would like to point out in this retracted before treatment picture. All upper teeth are completely decayed/broken to the gumline. Some lower front teeth are visible. The red areas on both the right and left meeting of upper and lower lips have a condition known as angular chelosis. This is a common occurrence in individuals whose bite is collapsed. This young lady over-closes as she has no upper tooth structure to stop her lower jaw from closing until her lower front teeth contact her upper gumline. This over-closure causes saliva to continuously accumulate in the corners of the mouth creating ideal condition for a fungal infection – as seen here. What cannot be seen is the severe pain this young lady is in from the abscessed and infected teeth.
In my opinion the wisest and healthiest choice is removal of all teeth and delivery of Immediate full upper and lower dentures.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A