Replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile with implant-retained dentures.
The best course of action when you lose a tooth is to have it replaced. Missing teeth have many effects on your oral health and smile, including changing your bite, changing the alignment of your teeth, impeding your ability to speak and chew normally, and causing your supporting bone tissue to gradually resorb (shrink). Dr. Rohini Singh provides implant-retained dentures to prevent these problems and help you regain a healthy smile.
Although many patients do not experience difficulty in wearing an upper denture, some may find it difficult to wear a lower denture. There are several implant-supported replacement options available to resolve the difficulties associated with wearing dentures and restore your oral function.
What If I’m Missing All of My Lower Teeth?
Ball Attachment Denture
One option for implant-retained dentures is a ball attachment denture. This involves having two implants placed in your lower jaw, with a denture that snaps onto those implants to provide a stable foundation. This attachment can give you greater stability while chewing, but there will be movement of your lower denture and sore spots will develop if any food debris becomes trapped under the denture.
Bar Attachment Denture
Bar attachment dentures are the other option for implant-retained dentures. With this option, four to six implants are placed into your lower jaw. After you have healed from the implant placement procedure, the implants are connected with a custom-made support bar onto which the denture snaps firmly into place. This type of implant-retained denture is also known as an overdenture. Overdentures are very stable and allow very little movement of the appliance.
The third option for replacing your missing teeth involves placing five or more implants in your jaw and attaching a permanent denture to them. This denture is held in place with screws or clasps and does not touch the gum tissue, allowing you to clean under it without removing it. This denture can only be removed at maintenance visits and is designed as a more permanent option.
What If I’m Missing All of My Upper Teeth?
Implant-retained denture options are similar for the upper dental arch. However, because the bone of your upper jaw is not as hard as the lower jaw, more implants may be needed to support the denture. Depending on the number of implants, your denture may not need to cover the roof of your mouth, thus allowing you to fully taste your food. This implant-retained denture gives you a more natural feel, and is still removable to make cleaning your appliance easier.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures
- Improved dental hygiene
- Stability when eating and speaking
- Preservation of gum and bone tissue
- Superior aesthetics
- Nutritional benefits (from proper chewing)
- Improved confidence