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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. This loss can increase the burden on your remaining teeth and can cause muscle pain in your jaws and headaches. In addition, loss of a tooth can affect your appearance and confidence.

While many patients have no problem wearing an upper denture, some people can find it difficult to wear and eat with lower dentures. We offer several implant-supported replacement options at Carpinteria Smiles in Carpinteria, CA.

What are some of the benefits of Implant Retained Dentures and Overdenture:

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

What options do I have if I am missing all my lower teeth?

Option 1: 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 can allow 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 can occur if any food particles, especially seeds, are caught under the denture. As with all removable replacement teeth, you still will need periodic appointments for denture adjustments.

Ball Attachment Denture Before

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Ball Attachment Denture Implants Placed

2. Implants Placed

Ball Attachment Denture Denture Attached=

3. Denture Attached

Option 2: Bar Attachment Denture / Overdenture

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 would be connected with a custom-made support bar. This denture is made with special internal retention clips that attach to the support bar, enabling the denture to snap firmly into place. This is called an “overdenture.” Advantages of the overdenture option is it is a much more stable option than the Ball Attachment Denture thus allows very little denture movement. Your denture is still removable for easy maintenance and cleaning.

Bar Attachment Denture / Overdenture Before

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Bar Attachment Denture / Overdenture Implants Placed

2. Implants Placed

Bar Attachment Denture / Overdenture Dentures Attached

3. Denture Attached

Option 3 – Screw Retained Denture

Screw Retained Denture involves placing five or more implants in your jaw and attaching a permanent denture. The denture is held in place by screws or clasps which secure it to the support posts or bar. This option does not touch the gum tissue, allowing you to clean under the denture without removing it. This Screw Retained Denture replaces 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.

Screw Retained Denture Before

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Screw Retained Denture Implants Placed

2. Implants Placed

Screw Retained Denture Denture Attached

3. Denture Attached

What options do I have if I’m Missing all of my upper teeth?

The Implant Retained Upper Denture can be a good option as the bone in the upper jaw is not as hard as the lower jaw, and people can often need more implants to support their new replacement teeth. Depending upon the number of implants to be placed, it can be a possible option to eliminate the need for covering the roof of your mouth with a complete denture. The Implant Retained Upper Denture allows a person to fully taste their food and gives you a better sense of the food’s temperature which is important. Your denture will feel more natural and you still have the benefits of a removable denture, making cleaning the support bar and denture much easier.

Implant Retained Upper 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.

Quality Dental Services Can Transform Your Smile

By visiting us as soon as possible, our team can help get you the professional treatment you need. Instead of waiting around and allowing the symptoms to get worse, we can provide you with treatment options.

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Dental Implant Terminology

An abutment is a component that attaches to the dental implant so a professional can place a dental crown to provide patients with an artificial, aesthetically pleasing and fully-functional smile.
Multiple replacement teeth that are fixed in place via attachment to dental implants, natural adjacent teeth, or a combination of the two.
Dental Crown
A crown is an artificial tooth, usually consisting of porcelain, which covers the top of the implant to provide people with an aesthetically pleasing and fully-functional tooth.
Dental Implant
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Endosteal (endosseous)
Endosteal is a type of dental implant that a professional places in the alveolar and basal bone of the mandible that transcends only one cortical plate.
Eposteal (subperiosteal)
Eposteal is a type of dental implant that conforms to whichever edentulous surface of an alveolar bone is superior.
Implant-Supported Bridge
An implant-supported bridge is a dental bridge that professionals fix in place with the use of dental implants inserted in the jaw to create a sturdy set of artificial teeth.
Osseointegration is the process in which a titanium dental implant fuses with the surrounding bone over several months after an oral health professional places the implant in the jaw.
Literally “around the tooth”
Resorption is the process in which the body absorbs the calcium from the jaw since there are no tooth roots to cause the necessary stimulation and proceeds to use the calcium in other areas.
Transosteal (transosseous)
Transosteal is a type of dental implant that includes threaded posts which penetrate the superior and inferior cortical bone plates of the jaw.

Call Us To Learn More About Dental Implants

Dental implants closely imitate the form and function of natural teeth. If you are missing teeth, this may be the solution for you. Call (805) 920-2141 to set up an appointment at Carpinteria Smiles and learn more about this procedure.

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