Implant Retained Dentures

What is the advantage of a denture being supported by implants?

The process of making an implant retained denture involves placing two or more implants in the upper or lower jaw of the patient. Time is then allowed for healing so the bone grows into the implant and essentially locks it in. A new denture is then created to rest on these implants. The result is increased stability and support for the denture. Patient satisfaction with their denture is noticeably increased when they are retained and supported by implants. The bite force of a patient with implant retained dentures is also significantly increased.

What if I’m missing all of my lower teeth?

For more information about Implant Retained Dentures or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, call our office in Austin, TX at North Austin Dentist Phone Number 512-458-3111.

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.

Before Implants are placed
1. Before
Dental implants are placed in mouth
2. Implants Placed
Denture attached to dental implants
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.

Before Implants are placed
1. Before
Dental implants are placed in mouth
2. Implants Placed
Denture attached to dental implants
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.

Before Implants are placed
1. Before
Dental implants are placed in mouth
2. Implants Placed
Denture attached to dental implants
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 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.

Upper attached denture

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.

For more information about Implant Retained Dentures or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, call our office in Austin, TX at North Austin Dentist Phone Number 512-458-3111.