Missing All Upper &
Lower Teeth

When the full upper arch of teeth is missing, an upper full denture is used, while a lower full denture is used when all lower teeth are missing.

Missing All Upper and Lower Teeth Fort Worth Arlington

They can be fabricated from a variety of materials and are removable so one can clean them and give the mouth rest. Implant-supported dentures are a great alternative to get over some of the challenges presented by removable dentures. Unlike bulkier removable dentures, implants have a smaller coverage in the mouth and are fixed. They will not cause irritation of the gums or discomfort when chewing food and even help you to maintain good oral health.

Besides cost, patient comfort and confidence are very important factors when choosing the best option for replacement teeth. If you are considering a facelift, it is essential to consult with a qualified surgeon who can help you determine if this surgery is right for you. Dr. Sonneveld makes sure that he answers any questions you may have and you get all of the information needed to make an informed decision.

Learn More About Implant-Supported Dentures

Missing All Lower Teeth

Ball Attachment Denture
Two implants are put in the lower jaw, and a denture is made that snaps over the implants. This method of creating a removable lower denture is more sturdy when chewing than without implants. Since these dentures move slightly with the chewing motion, tiny food particles do get caught under them. One needs to care for the prosthesis using a denture brush and also keep the abutment posts clean by passing a thick floss around them.

The slight denture motion while chewing may also lead to irritation and sore spots. As this is a removable denture option, you will need periodic dental appointments to adjust the dentures.

Bar Attachment Denture
An option that provides more stability than conventional dentures for all lower missing teeth is the bar attachment denture. It involves placing four to six implants into your lower jaw. After the healing phase is complete, the implants are connected with a custom-made support bar with small screws are inserted into an implant (bar) to hold them together. Special internal retention clips are built into your custom-made denture that attaches to the support bar, securing it firmly into place. This ‘overdenture’ is much more stable than the previous option. You will need to use dental floss around the bar attachment to clean your teeth and gum line areas. Also, you will require regular appointments to maintain your implant-supported prosthesis.

Screw Retained Denture
This option involves creating five or more implants in the lower jaw that are then fixed with support posts. A denture is then fixed on these posts with screws or clasps. This denture is not removable except during maintenance visits with your dentist. Cleaning all the spaces between and under these types of dentures can be time-consuming, but as permanent dentures, this is a great option for removable dentures.

Individual Implants
Each tooth
in the lower jaw can also be individually replaced by an implant and most closely resembles a natural arch of teeth—eight or more implants with separate abutments and crowns for each missing tooth. Bone height, strength, and support can be enhanced by a sinus lift surgery to better anchor the implants. This is the most expensive of all lower teeth replacement procedures, and the extent of replacement depends on the size, shape, and strength of your jawbone.

Missing All Upper Teeth

While a similar range of treatments as mentioned above are also available for the replacement of upper teeth, the upper jawbone is not as dense. More implants are therefore needed to support the new replacement teeth.

Implant Retained Upper Denture
Removable upper dentures often cover the top of the mouth and affect a person’s ability to taste food in addition to other functions. Implant retained upper dentures are palateless and allow you to taste and feel your food. They feel more natural in the mouth and are still removable, so you can clean the denture easily.

Individual Upper Implants
Similar to individual lower implants, this option needs eight to ten individual implants with abutments and replacement crowns for each tooth. This is a more permanent option, and only the crown needs to be replaced.
The advantage is that you have no removable pieces, making your mouth feel more stable and secure, whether chewing or speaking

Dental implants to replace all missing upper or lower teeth can provide many benefits over conventional partial or complete dentures by promoting optimal oral function and comfort.

  • Titanium implants are a permanent solution which means you will be able to enjoy your favorite food without worrying about pain or gum irritation.
  • Less chance of having gum disease because the implant provides stimulus for jaw bone density which helps in maintaining overall periodontal health.
  • Dental implants also keep the natural contours of your face intact and prevent bone from resorbing by maintaining a healthy level of jawbone density.
  • You can have fixed or removable dental implants so you can choose the most suitable option for your lifestyle and budget.
  • Dental implants feel comfortable in the mouth because it is flexible enough to move with your jaw.
  • The titanium implants are long-lasting and corrosion-resistant, so this means you will not need to keep on getting new replacement dentures. The crown over the implants may need to be replaced every 10-15 years.

Refer to our Surgical Instructions page for detailed care instructions before and after an oral surgery.

Dental implants are expensive, but they are often be covered in part by your dental insurance plan.

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