Replacing Missing Teeth With Implant-Retained Dentures
Usually, when you lose a tooth, it is best for your oral health to have it replaced. Missing teeth can affect your “bite” as well as your ability to speak and chew. Their loss can increase the burden on your remaining teeth and can cause muscle pain in your jaws and headaches. And of course, losing a tooth can affect your appearance. The following information reviews replacing missing teeth with an implant-retained denture.
Although many patients have no problem wearing an upper denture, some people find it difficult. A lot of people have difficulty eating with a lower denture. Several implant-supported denture options are available. To find out which option is best to replace your missing teeth, please call our office: (843) 795-1111.
What if I’m missing all of my lower teeth?
1. Ball Attachment Denture
One option is to have two dental implants placed in your lower jaw and a denture made that snaps onto these implants. This option allows your lower denture to be more stable while chewing than without implants. However, there still can be some movement of your lower denture; more than two implants may be required for greater stability. As with all removable replacement teeth, you still will need periodic appointments for denture adjustment.
2. Bar Attachment Denture
Another option involves placing four to six dental implants into your lower jaw. After healing is complete, the implants are connected with a custom-made support bar. Your denture will be made with internal retention clips that attach to the support bar, enabling the denture to snap firmly into place. The advantage of this option is that it is much more stable than the Ball Attachment option and allows very little denture movement. Your denture is still removable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
3. Screw-Retained Denture
A third option involves placing five or more dental implants in your jaw and attaching a permanent denture. Your denture is held in place by screws that secure it to the support posts. 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 can only be removed by your dentist. 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.
What If I’m Missing All Of My Upper Teeth?
A similar range of denture 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 dental 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 because the roof of your mouth is not covered. Your denture will feel more natural.
Implant Denture Benefits
- Improved confidence
- Stability during eating
- Bone and gum preservation
- Improved dental hygiene
- Superior aesthetics
- Nutritional benefits (from being able to eat a larger range of foods)