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Implant Retained Dentures

Replacing missing teeth with implant retained dentures

Generally, when you lose a tooth, it is advisable for your oral health to get it replaced. Missing teeth may affect your “bite” and your ability to chew and speak. Their loss can increase the burden on your remaining teeth and may cause headaches and muscle pain in your jaws. And, losing a tooth can also affect your appearance. The information given below reviews replacing missing teeth with an implant retained denture.

Although a number of patients have no issue wearing an upper denture, some of them find it hard to wear as well as eat with lower dentures. If you are missing all of your lower teeth, there are several implant-supported replacement options available.

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What if I’m missing all of my lower teeth?

Ball Attachment Denture

One alternative is having 2 implants placed in your lower jaw and a denture made that snaps onto these implants. This alternative allows your lower denture to be stable while chewing them with no implants. Nevertheless, there’ll still be movement of your lower denture, as well as sore spots will occur if any food particles, specifically seeds, are found under it. You still will need periodic appointments for denture adjustment as with all removable replacement teeth.

1. Before

2. Implants Placed

3. Denture Attached

Bar Attachment Denture

An alternative choice involves placing 4 to 6 implants, based on your jaw size or shape, into your lower jaw. The implants are connected with a custom-made support bar once the healing is complete. Your denture will be made with unique internal retention clips which attach onto the support bar, allowing the denture to snap firmly into place. This’s known as an “overdenture.” The advantage of this alternative is it’s a lot more stable as compared to the first option as well as allows very little denture movement. Your denture remains removable for cleaning that is easy and maintenance.

1. Before

2. Implants Placed

3. Denture Attached

Screw Retained Denture

A third option involves placing 5 or more implants in your jaw and attaching a long lasting denture. Your denture is kept in place by screws or clasps which secure it to the support posts or bar. It does not touch the gum cells, that allows you to clean under the denture without removing it. This denture will replace all your missing lower teeth and won’t be eliminated except at maintenance visits. Even though cleaning under your denture without removing it is far more time consuming and needs more dexterity, many people who want a permanent denture favor that feature.

1. Before

2. Implants Placed

3. Denture Attached

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

A comparable range of treatment options is also available for your upper jaw. Nevertheless, because the bone isn’t as difficult as that in the lower jaw, patients usually need more implants to support their new replacement teeth. Based on the number of implants to be placed, it can be possible to eliminate the demand for covering the roof of your mouth with a complete denture. This alternative enables you to completely taste your food and also gives you a better sense of its temperature. Your denture will feel a lot more natural. You’ll still enjoy a removable denture, making cleaning the support bar as well as denture a lot easier.

Implant Retained Upper Denture

Based on the number of implants to be placed, it can be possible to eliminate the demand for covering the roof of your mouth with a complete denture. This alternative enables you to completely taste your food and also gives you a better sense of its temperature. Your denture will feel a lot more natural. You’ll still enjoy a removable denture, making cleaning the support bar as well as denture a lot easier.

Implant benefits

  • Improved confidence
  • Stability during eating
  • Bone and gum preservation
  • Improved dental hygiene
  • Superior esthetics
  • Nutritional benefits