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Lip Position Ask The Prosthodontist Chris McFarland

Top lip sunken in: Someone already asked the question about why my top lip looks this way: sunken and like there's no lip.

Due to an accident, my current top plate was made without my teeth in place or by using a prior mold. I like the denture, just want a lip line.

Can these dentures be built up or do I need an entirely new upper plate? I can afford either, just didn't know which option is the best. Thanks for any advice you can give me. ...Visitor from Indianapolis

Usually it is necessary to move the teeth forward, not down, to fill out your lip.

This is a bit more difficult to do than just making the flange of the denture thicker, which tends to just make you look too full under your nose.

I have a couple cases on my website where I moved the teeth forward for a much more youthful appearance. I usually have the patients come in and I move the teeth while they are in the office to get just the right look. I hope this helps.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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