Replacing missing teeth with implant retained 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.
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.
Dental Implant Benefits:
- Improved confidence
- Stability during eating
- Bone and gum preservation
- Nutritional benefits
TYPES OF IMPLANT RETAINED DENTURES
Ball Attachment Denture
Two implants are placed in the lower jaw. A denture is made with corresponding clasps which hook onto the dental implants. This makes the lower denture more stable while chewing than without implants. As with all removable replacement teeth, you will need periodic appointments for adjustments.
Screw Retained Denture
The second option involves placing up to five implants in the lower jaw and attaching a permanent “screw retained” denture. Your denture is held in place by screws that secure it to the implants. 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.