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Lip Position Ask The Prosthodontist Chris McFarland

Question:
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

Answer:
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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