Dental Implants to Replace All Upper or Lower Teeth

Missing Upper or Lower Teeth?

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

Although many patients have no problem wearing an upper denture, some people find it difficult to wear and eat with 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 ball 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 dental implants. However, there will still be movement of your lower denture, and sore spots will occur if any food particles, especially seeds, are caught under it. As with all removable replacement teeth, you still will need periodic appointments for denture adjustment.

Image Before Ball Implants for Missing Lower Teeth
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Image with Ball Implants for Missing Lower Teeth
2. Implants Placed
Image with Ball Implants and Dentures to Replace Missing Lower Teeth
3. Denture Attached

Bar Attachment Denture

Another option involves placing four to six bar implants, depending on your jaw size or shape, into your lower jaw. After healing is complete, these bar type dental implants are connected with a custom-made support. 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 overdenture 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.

Image Showing Lower Jaw Before Bar Attachment Denture
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Image of Lower Jaw After Dental Implants
2. Implants Placed
Image of Lower Jaw with Dentures Attached
3. Denture Attached

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 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.

Illustration of Lower Jaw Before Screw Retained Denture
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Illustration of Lower Jaw After Dental Implants
2. Implants Placed
Illustration of Screw Retained Dentures In Place
3. Denture Attached

Individual Dental Implants

The final option is to have all of your teeth individually replaced so that they will appear to be growing out of your gum tissue and will most closely resemble the appearance of your natural teeth. This option usually requires eight or more implants. Separate abutments or support posts for each one of these implants will be made, and crowns for each missing tooth will be placed. The teeth are often joined together for sinus grafting to replace bone height strength and support. Overall, this is the most costly option, because it requires the most implants and individual replacement tooth fabrication. Your replacement options may also be limited by the current size and shape of your jawbone.

Image of Lower Jaw Before Individual Implants
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Illustration After Dental Implants in Lower Jaw
2. Implants Placed
Image of Healed Lower Jaw After Dental Implant
3. Healing Completed

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 dental 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.

Image of an Upper Denture Retained with Implants

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.

Image of Individual Upper Dental Implants

Individual Upper Implants

If you want a restoration that is similar to your natural teeth and therefore not removable, you probably will need eight to ten individual implants placed. This is followed after healing by the placement of the abutments and new replacement crowns.

If you have any questions regarding your first appointment with us, please call us:
East Flamingo: 702-892-0833 or Summerlin: 702-507-5555.