Although many patients have little problems wearing an upper denture, some people find it difficult to wear and eat with their lower dentures. Several implant-supported replacement options are available if you are missing all of your lower teeth.
Ball Attachment Denture
One option is to have two 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 will still be movement of your lower denture, and sore spots will occur if any food particles, especially seeds, are caught underneath it. As with all removable replacement teeth, you still will need periodic appointments for denture adjustment.
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.
Screw Retained “Hybrid” Denture
A third option involves placing five or more implants in your jaw and attaching a permanent denture or metal-ceramic restoration. Your prosthesis is held in place by screws or clasps that secure it to the implants or bar. It does not touch the gum tissue, which allows you to clean under the denture without removing it. This restoration will replace all of 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 something permanent prefer this option. Click here for more information on Teeth In A Day.
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.
If you would like a consultation, please contact Precision Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery online or by phone at (623) 518-2325.