REPLACING MISSING TEETH WITH IMPLANT RETAINED DENTURES
When you have lost your natural teeth, a variety of complications can arise that impact your physical and emotional health – beyond just your smile. You may find it difficult to speak clearly or chew your favorite foods. You may be embarrassed and may try to hide your smile from others. You may also experience shifting among your remaining teeth, causing additional discomfort in your mouth and jaw, possibly leading to muscular issues or headaches. Dentures are an important part of restoring your smile’s appearance, but they can pose challenges for some. We at Salem Dentistry can give you a solution that provides comfort and relief. Implant retained dentures can replace both upper and lower teeth, giving you a secure, natural-looking option that is not only more comfortable but also more convenient than traditional dentures. Let Dr.Roxanna Salem help you determine the right type of implant retained denture for your unique needs! Call (562) 435-8339 for a FREE consultation appointment today!
BALL ATTACHMENT OR LOCATOR-ATTACHED DENTURE
A ball attachment or locator-attached denture is an implant retained solution to replace lower teeth. This type of denture utilizes as few as two dental implants as anchors for the denture. A full set of lower dentures snaps into these anchor points, giving you teeth that allow for more natural function since they shift less than traditional dentures. Some soreness and some shifting are still possible, so it’s important to trust a team like Salem Dentistry office to fit your dentures and provide any necessary adjustments over time. It’s also important to keep your dentures clean, especially from debris like crumbs or seeds, as they can cause discomfort.
BAR ATTACHMENT DENTURE
A bar attachment denture utilizes two-to-six implants in your lower jaw that firmly anchor a full set of dentures into place. A custom-fitted support bar is affixed to the dental implants and the teeth snap into place using special retention clips. This style, called an “overdenture,” holds the teeth very securely, allowing for little shifting or movement when you speak or eat. However, the denture is still removable for cleaning.
Screw-retained dentures are among the most permanent teeth-replacement options for those needing a full set of lower dentures. This type of implant supported denture uses four or more implants in your lower jaw. The complete set of dentures is affixed to these anchors with screws, meaning they are exceptionally secure – they also will not be removed for daily cleaning. Instead, you will be able to clean around and under the teeth, along your gums. This cleaning is more challenging for some, but the overall solution provides a more permanent experience. Dr.Roxanna and her team will still remove this type of denture to maintain their quality and fit during your regular maintenance visits.
WHAT IF I’M MISSING ALL OF MY UPPER TEETH?
The bones in your upper jaw differ from those in your lower jaw, however, those needing a complete set of upper dentures still have a variety of solutions. In some cases, dentures can be placed in such a way as to eliminate the need for the dental appliance to extend across and cover the roof of your mouth. This gives you a more natural experience when you eat or speak. Upper dentures that are retained by implants are less likely to shift, just like lower dentures, and are similarly removable for cleaning or maintenance.