It is said, “a picture is worth 1000 words.” Nothing could be more accurate when it comes to dramatic denture before and after pictures of real patients.

With denture before and after pictures, you see that no situation is hopeless. It is always possible to turn a truly bad situation that you may have lived with for years into one that allows you to exude confidence while laughing, eating, speaking, and enjoying social situations.

With the many options available in dentistry today, you can see there is no reason not to take action and live your best life!

Comparing Real Denture Before and After Picture: Case Examples

From No Teeth to a Full Smile

All-on-Four Implants

This patient had his remaining teeth removed 6 to 8 weeks ago and allowed his gums time for the extraction sites to close. For this to work, the patient must be willing and able to go without teeth during this initial healing phase. This is always the preferred method for transitioning to wearing dentures for the very first time because the final result can be better controlled. The patient has the opportunity to see a mock-up of their dentures in their mouth and make changes to it prior to the dentures being fabricated.

In the “before” photo, the patient’s muscles and facial features are not supported by teeth, yielding a sunken-in, prematurely old appearance.

In the “after” photo, we see his mouth restored to proper form and function, giving him a much more youthful appearance. A dramatic transformation! Properly-constructed dentures fully support the facial structures allowing him to radiate confidence.

From Bad Teeth to Immediate Dentures in One Day

Immediate Dentures

The denture before and after pictures here show a patient who transitioned from his own failing teeth to complete dentures in one day. What a transformation! You may be asking yourself, “Why have I put off doing the same for so long?”

Immediate dentures can be a dramatic transformation that will instantly improve your appearance. The difference is life-changing! But the process is not without its drawbacks and problems. Approaching the treatment with realistic expectations is key to your success.

With immediate dentures, the dentures don’t have a stable base to rest upon because the jawbones will change shape and shrink for many months. Additional dental visits are necessary to reline the dentures to improve their fit. Be prepared that the dentures that you initially receive are designed to be temporary. You will need to have a new set of dentures made once your gums have fully healed.

The Benefits of Partial Dentures

partial denture before and after

When you are missing some of your natural teeth, a partial denture may be the solution. Partial dentures are secured by your remaining teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and laugh as if you had all of your natural teeth.

Depending on the type of material used and the configuration of your natural teeth, it may be possible for the denturist to construct a partial with nearly-invisible clasps. In addition, the partial will support the facial muscles, preventing your face from having a sunken-in appearance that contributes to wrinkles and looking prematurely old.

All-on-Four Implants with Snap-In Dentures

dentures before and after

The denture before and after pictures shown here is an example of the all-on-four technique. In the “before” photo, you see the deteriorating condition of this patient’s natural teeth: broken teeth, broken restorations, teeth that have become elongated with a lack of bone support due to advanced periodontal disease. The teeth are too far gone for additional restorative dentistry to be a consideration.

With the all-on-four technique, the entire procedure from start to finish is planned step-by-step in advance utilizing computer-aided tomography and computer-aided design software. The completed digital dentures are made prior to surgery. Then, the teeth are extracted, and four (or more) implants are placed in the bone of each arch. This allows the dentures to be secured to the implants, preventing the dentures from slipping.

Realize that the entire procedure is a process. You may be able to leave the dental office with everything appearing to be “fixed” the same day. Talk about instant gratification! However, follow-up care, additional procedures, and maintenance are required as healing takes place. Eventually, either replacement snap-in dentures or non-removable bridgework will be fabricated on healed ridges resulting in a final restoration of the full-mouth that is as close to the feel of natural teeth as possible.

Dentures Gone Bad: A Dramatic Difference

dentures before and after

The concept that not all dentures are created equally is made evident in the denture before and after pictures shown here—this poor patient. Not only are her dentures in the “before” image unpleasant to look at, but you also have to ask how can she properly speak or chew her food?

The “before” dentures take up way too much space in the patient’s mouth for her to function properly. She likely suffers from generalized soreness in her jaws. It is difficult for her to fully bring her lips together in relaxed repose.

Notice how the denture in the “after” photo looks like it actually fits her mouth with proper proportions. She has a much more natural, life-like appearance that allows her room to fully function with her dentures in all aspects – chewing, talking, smiling. In the “before” photo, she is smiling because she has no other choice; In the “after” picture, she has a reason to smile.

Consider this case a cautionary tale. When your dentist or denturist asks you to look at and approve of your wax try-in, take it seriously. Make certain that you really look at the set-up and are happy with the way the teeth look in your mouth in every aspect before signing to accept the appearance. Without saying something upfront, you could wind up with dentures that look like the “before” image.

Dentures Really Are Life-Changing

What you have seen in this article is only a sampling of how dentures can change your life. Results vary from person to person. Your situation is truly unique. A treatment plan is designed by your denturist or dentist with your goals and resources in mind.

The staff at European Denture Centers have many years of experience treating cases similar to the ones presented here, plus many more. We have the knowledge and expertise to guide you toward treatment options that are likely to have the best outcome for your specific situation. We truly can change lives in one day!