Implant Retained Dentures

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.

What if I’m missing all of my 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 dental 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.

A mouth with the lower jaw missing all of its teeth
1. Before
A mouth with the lower jaw with two implants and no bottom teeth
2. Implants Placed
A mouth with a Ball Attachment Denture latched onto the lower jaw by two 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.

A mouth that has all teeth missing on its lower jaw
1. Before
A mouth without teeth and four implants connected by a metal bar on its lower jaw
2. Implants Placed
A mouth with a Bar Attachment Denture secured onto the lower jaw by four 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.

A mouth that has all lower jaw teeth missing
1. Before
A mouth that has six implants and no teeth on its lower jaw
2. Implants Placed
A mouth with a Screw Attachment Denture affixed onto the lower jaw by six 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.

An Implant Retained Upper Denture with its 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.

Implant benefits

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

If you have several teeth that are failing and have to be extracted and replaced with an immediate denture, or if you have old dentures that need to be remade, repaired or relined, contact us for advise on how best to restore your smile, your confidence and function.

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants depends upon a number of factors, mainly how many implants will be needed, how is the bone condition, will bone grafting be needed, are extractions to be done, do you need a temporary healing denture or bridge or partial, and what kind of final restoration will you be getting.

Therefore the cost of dental implants varies widely from case to case. At your consultation, we will review your case and give you an estimate of cost.

We Make Dentistry Affordable on Every Budget

Since dental implants are the most advanced dental treatments available, they cost more than most other treatment options. In order that most patients can take the advantage of these innovative methods, we offer different financing options, including:

  • We accept a lot of dental insurance plans. Our office will try to get you the maximum benefits from your insurance for the implants. You will only have to pay the portion they do not cover.
  • Credit Cards: We accept all major credit cards
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs): If you employer offers FSAs, you can use your benefits at our office
  • Third-Party Lenders: We offer zero percent, interest-free financing through third-party lenders such as Care Credit and Lending Club (on approved credit).
  • Pearl Dental Membership: If you do not have dental insurance, our in-office Membership plan gives you access to discounts on all treatments for a low monthly payment.

Why Choose Us For Your Dental Implant Needs?

Dr. Paghdiwala haws almost two decades of experience placing and restoring dental implants. 

ICOI Certification

Dr. Paghdiwala  earned a Mastership in Dental Implantology from the prestigious International College of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). He has attended hundreds of hours of continuing education and certification to be able to place dental implants using proven methods. in addition, Dr. Paghdiwala only uses high-quality titanium and the most advanced implant systems to provide reliable and safe clinical treatment.

Cutting-Edge Implant Technology

At our practice in Levittown, PA, we use state-of-the-art technology, so that we can place implants in the best position, the surgery is fast3er and more comfortable and the healing time is shorter.

Convenient Services in One Place 

As Dr. Paghdiwala has had extensive dental implant training, he will usually place the implants surgically himself and also  place the restorations on the implants himself.  So you will not have to be referred to many different dentists all over the area. 

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