Implant-Retained Dentures

Replace Missing Teeth with Implant-Supported 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.

For more information about Dentures supported by Dental Implants, or to schedule a consult with Dr. Harris, please use our Contact form or call our office in Broomfield, CO at Summit Dental & Orthodontics Phone Number 303-440-3300.

What If I’m Missing All My Lower Teeth? | What If I’m Missing All Of My Upper Teeth? | Dental Implant Benefits


What If I’m Missing All 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 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 under it. As with all removable replacement teeth, you still will need periodic appointments for denture adjustment.

Lower jaw, missing all of its teeth; illustration
1. Before
Lower jaw with two implants and no bottom teeth; illustration
2. Implants Placed
Lower jaw with a ball attachment denture latched onto the lower jaw by two dental implants; illustration
3. Denture Attached

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.

Lower jaw with all teeth missing, before dentures; illustration
1. Before
Lower jaw without teeth and four dental implants connected by a metal bar; illustration
2. Implants Placed
Lower jaw with a denture secured onto a bar attachment and four dental implants; illustration
3. Denture Attached

Screw Retained Denture

A third option involves placing five or more 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.

Lower jaw with no teeth; illustration
1. Before
Lower jaw with eight dental implants placed; illustration
2. Implants Placed
Lower jaw with a denture affixed to eight dental implants with screw attachments; illustration
3. Denture Attached

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 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 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.

Illustration of an implant-retained upper denture appliance with four dental implants attached

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.


Dental Implant Benefits

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

Call our office for information about Implant-Supported Dentures: Summit Dental & Orthodontics Phone Number 303-440-3300.


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