Usually, when you lose a tooth, it is best for your oral health to have it replaced. This is because missing teeth can affect your “bite” and your ability to speak and chew. In addition, 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. 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. This article explains what you need to know about this form of dental care to assess if this treatment might be right for your dental health needs. 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.
If you’re tired of missing teeth in your upper or lower jaw negatively impacting your confidence and health, it’s time to consider implant retained dentures. Here are just a few of the benefits of this common dental procedure:
If you’re ready to have a smile you love sharing, implant retained dentures may be the solution you’re searching for. Our staff serves Norwalk and the surrounding communities. If you decide that implant retained dentures are right for you, we do everything possible to make sure your patient experience is comfortable and personalized to meet your specific health needs.
There are three different styles of implant retained dentures to consider when you are missing teeth in the lower half of your mouth. Speak with your dentist or make an appointment at Alondra Dental Care to learn more about which style of denture is best for your mouth and lifestyle.
One option is to have two implants placed in your lower jaw and a denture 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 will still need periodic appointments for denture adjustment.
Another option for implant retained dentures that replace lower missing teeth involves placing four to six implants into your lower jaw, depending on your jaw size or shape. After healing is complete, the implants are connected with a custom-made support bar. Your denture will be made with special internal retention clips attaching to 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 (ball attachment dentures) and allows minimal denture movement. Your denture is still removable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
A third implant retained denture option for the lower jaw 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 to the bar attachment denture or the ball attachment denture.
A similar range of treatment options is also available for your upper jaw. However, because the bone in the upper jaw 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 to cover your mouth’s roof with a complete denture. This option allows you to taste your food fully and gives you a better sense of its temperature. In addition, your denture will feel more natural. You will still have a removable denture, making cleaning the support bar and denture accessible. Speak with your dentist or make an appointment at our Norwalk office to learn more about your treatment options.
If you’re missing teeth in your lower jaw, it’s essential that you speak with a qualified dentist. If you’re looking for a dental practice in southeastern Los Angeles County, make an appointment to learn more about implant retained dentures in our Norwalk office today. Don’t let missing teeth in your lower or upper jaw impact your health or confidence any longer!