Implant Retained Dentures

Dentist

Tyler, TX.

MISSING TEETH REPLACEMENT WITH IMPLANT RETAINED DENTURES

If you lose a tooth, then it is important to replace them if you want to enjoy good oral health.  Missing teeth can have an impact on your “bite,” as well your speech and your ability to chew. Tooth loss can also lead to additional strain on your existing teeth and is usually the main cause of pain in your jaws and constant headaches.  Of course, tooth loss will also affect how you look.

Although most patients have no trouble wearing an upper denture, some people experience difficulty in wearing and eating with lower dentures. You can choose from our wide range of implant-supported teeth replacement options if all of your lower teeth are missing.

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS IF I AM MISSING ALL OF MY LOWER TEETH?

Ball Attachment Denture

One of your choices is having two dental implants inserted into your lower jaw and getting a denture made that snaps onto them. This option will provide more stability to your lower denture while you are chewing food. However, your lower denture can still move, and painful places will form if any food particles, particularly seeds, become trapped beneath it. Just like all removable replacement teeth, you will require regular appointments for denture adjustment.

1. Before

2. Implants Placed

3. Denture Attached

Bar Attachment Denture

Another option involves placing four to six implants, depending on your jaw size or shape, into your lower jaw. After healing is complete, the implants are connected with a custom-made support bar. Your denture will be made with special internal retention clips that attach onto the support bar, enabling the denture to snap firmly into place. This is called an “overdenture.” The advantage of this option is that it is much more stable than the first option and allows very little denture movement. Your denture is still removable for easy cleaning and maintenance.

1. Before

2. Implants Placed

3. Denture Attached

Screw Retained Denture

A third option involves placing five or more implants in your jaw and attaching a permanent denture. Your denture is held in place by screws or clasps that secure it to the support posts or bar. It doesn’t touch the gum tissue, which allows you to clean under the denture without removing it. This denture will replace all your missing lower teeth and will not be removed except at maintenance visits. Although cleaning under your denture without removing it is more time consuming and requires more dexterity, many patients who want a permanent denture prefer this option.

1. Before

2. Implants Placed

3. Denture Attached

What If I’m Missing All Of My Upper Teeth?

A similar range of treatment options is also available for your upper jaw. However, because the bone is not as hard as that in the lower jaw, people often need more implants to support their new replacement teeth. Depending upon the number of implants to be placed, it may be possible to eliminate the need for covering the roof of your mouth with a complete denture. This option allows you to fully taste your food and gives you a better sense of its temperature. Your denture will feel more natural. You will still have a removable denture, which makes cleaning the support bar and denture much easier.

Implant Retained Upper Denture

Depending upon the number of implants to be placed, it may be possible to eliminate the need for covering the roof of your mouth with a complete denture. This option allows you to fully taste your food and gives you a better sense of its temperature. Your denture will feel more natural. You will still have a removable denture, which makes cleaning the support bar and denture much easier.

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