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Dental Facelift

Failed aesthetics: failing crowns and bridgework affect patients' comfort, function, and aesthetics. This is further compounded by the presence of a high smile line.

Dental Facelift

Failed aesthetics: failing crowns and bridgework affect patients' comfort, function, and aesthetics. This is further compounded by the presence of a high smile line.

Dental Facelift

A dental facelift is when your smile acts as a canvas to change the aesthetics of your face.

In this study the issues that improved the patient’s facial aesthetics and proportions were; failing crowns and bridgework affecting patients’ comfort, function and aesthetics. The presence of a high smile line further compounded this.

Treatment: reconstruction of the maxilla (upper arch) using tooth-supported and implant-supported crowns and site augmentation (soft and hard tissue grafting).


The patient was referred by her dentist, seeking a specialist's opinion and treatment concerning the fixed option of restoring missing teeth, failing dentition, and tooth-supported crowns. The loss of teeth from failing bridgework has left significant soft and hard tissue defects that required augmentation to create a base for tooth replacement.

In general, we would like to replace, or at least get close to, the foundation bone and gum tissues to allow optimal tooth position in the arch that creates natural aesthetics.

When this is difficult, we use pink porcelain to simulate gum aesthetics. In many ways, pink porcelain veneers are more predictable than extensive grafting procedures, depending on the cases treated.


Chief concerns: improving the aesthetic appearance of her smile. The situation is to improve the upper arch shape, smile line, and tooth colour. This lovely patient wants to smile and chew her food confidently. The patient was concerned explicitly about recent dental work by another dentist, causing protrusion and canting of upper central incisors creating an aesthetic disturbance, lip incompetence and speech impediment.
Note the canter midline and unnatural teeth: colour, form, progression & gum line.

Note that a provisional removable prosthesis replaced the ridge defect in the critical aesthetic zone. This site required surgical augmentation before Dental implant placement. This allows the implant to be placed in the correct direction for optimal construction and emergence profile of the final crowns and bridgework.


Our aim: to improve the aesthetics of the upper arch: Tooth shape, display, tooth colour, length, symmetry and smile line in general, as well as replacing missing teeth:23,24,14,16 using implant-supported crowns and replacing existing faulty crowns with new ceramic crowns.

This was accomplished with minimal discomfort to the patient, and Mrs T. Never left the practice without missing teeth. The temporary bridgework is aesthetic and functional (please see the Videos provided).

The provisional restorations for that necessary confidence for normative function comfort & aesthetics.

  1. Followed by a discussion of all risks and treatment modalities with our patient, included
    No treatment: this is not an option, as the restorations are failing and affecting the longevity of supporting teeth
  2. Repair existing restorations and make removable partial dentures: this is a temporary measure and not accepted by the patient.
  3. Fixed option: implant & tooth-supported crowns and bridgework, described below. Removal of failing bridgework

Placement of provisional crowns and bridgework

  1. Arrangement of implants at sites: 22,23,14 & 16
  2. Finalize the treatment with implant and tooth-supported crowns and bridgework in the upper arch.


The work was completed in six months as it takes this long for grafts (a bit longer) and implants to integrate with the bone. It is best not to rush biology and allow optimal healing.

The provisional restorations provided the necessary confidence for our patient for normative function comfort & aesthetics. We tested the new temporary repairs and refined them for patient acceptance, guided for the final desired aesthetic outcome.



Final treatment outcome: we have restored esthetics comfort & function, and we have a happy patient
Unfortunately, this work was initially completed by a dentist with minimal qualifications and experience. Hence, the patient seeked a specialist prosthodontist for correct diagnosis and treatment planning, providing an optimal outcome for this lovely patient.

Note improvement in lip thickness & support in combination with correcting protruding maxillary central incisors
Final treatment outcome: we have restored aesthetics, comfort & function.
However, most importantly, we have complemented our lovely patient's facial aesthetics.


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