Missing All Upper And Lower Teeth

Missing teeth can impact speech, make it difficult to chew food, and affect the integrity of your jawbone. There are several options available for replacing teeth in the upper or lower half of your mouth. Our oral surgeons can help you choose the best option based on your needs and budget.

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There are similar options available for replacing teeth in the upper half of your mouth. However, the bone in the upper jaw is not as hard as that of the lower jaw, so additional dental implants are often needed to support replacement teeth.

Implant Retained Upper Denture

Implant Retained Upper Denture

Implant retained dentures can be used to replace all upper or lower teeth. This type of denture is fastened by dental implants, rather than adhesive, providing a more practical option than conventional dentures.

Individual Dental Implants

Individual dental implants are a highly-effective, natural looking option for replacing all upper or lower teeth and offer many advantages compared to implant or screw retained dentures. This procedure requires a separate support post and crown be placed for each missing tooth. This forms a strong bond between the jawbone and the artificial tooth which provides for a stable foundation and improves overall oral health.

Getting all teeth replaced with individual implants is the most costly option due to the amount of tooth fabrication and additional gum and bone grafting. Extra healing time might be required.

Benefits

  • Looks and feels like natural teeth
  • Individual implants never move when talking or chewing
  • Maintenance is similar to natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing
  • Permanent solution to missing teeth
  • Durable, long-term option

How long will Individual Implants Last?

Dental implants can last a lifetime with adequate care.

A digital representation of the lower jaw missing all of its teeth
1. Before
A mouth showing the lower jaw with all the teeth as individual implants
2. Implants Placed
A mouth showing the healed lower jaw after individual implants were placed
3. Healing Completed

Ball Attachment Denture

The simplest option when all of the lower teeth are missing is the ball attachment denture. Your oral surgeon places two dental implants in your lower jaw that act as an anchoring system for your dentures, preventing any slipping or loosening. Ball attachments are considerably more comfortable than traditional dentures and provide about 60% of the functionality of natural teeth.

There will still be movement of your lower denture, and sore spots will occur if any food particles are caught underneath. As with all removable replacement teeth, you still will need periodic appointments for denture adjustment. 

Benefits

  • A more secure fit than conventional dentures
  • Improved eating and speaking ability
  • A natural-looking result
  • Less maintenance than other types of dentures

How long will Ball Attachment Dentures Last?

Ball attachment dentures typically last anywhere from 7–10 years before needing to be replaced. It is important to practice proper care and hygiene with your dentures in order to ensure their longevity.

Before Ball Attachment Denture
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After Dental Implants Placed
2. Implants Placed
Denture Attached
3. Denture Attached

Bar Attachment Denture

Bar attachment dentures are designed to provide greater comfort and stability for those seeking a more secure fit for missing teeth. This option consists of two parts: the denture itself and the custom-made bar that attaches to the jawbone via 4 dental implants. The denture is made with special internal retention clips that connect to the support bar, enabling the denture to snap firmly into place. This is called an “overdenture.”

Benefits

  • Offers a natural appearance
  • Grants the ability to chew tougher foods
  • Easy to remove for cleaning and maintenance
  • Increases bone stability, reducing the necessity for bone grafting
  • Provides superior fit and comfort compared to traditional prosthetics

How long will Bar Attachment Dentures Last?

Implant-supported overdentures typically last between 10–20 years with proper care.

Before Bar Attachment Denture
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After Dental Implants Placed
2. Implants Placed
Denture Attached
3. Denture Attached

Screw Retained Denture

A screw retained denture, also known as fixed dentures, permanent dentures or All-on-4, is the most secure type of denture available. The procedure involves attaching the prosthesis directly to dental implants using miniature screws, offering a stronger and more cost-effective solution than conventional methods. This type of denture can replace all of your missing teeth and does not need to be removed except during maintenance visits.

Benefits

  • Provides a complete set of natural looking teeth
  • Comfort when eating and chewing
  • Reduced gum irritation
  • Does not need to be removed for daily cleaning
  • Permanent solution to missing teeth
  • Durable and cost-effective

How long will Screw Retained Denture Last?

The denture will likely need to be replaced every 20 years. The implants can last a lifetime.

Before Screw Retained Denture
1. Before
After Dental Implants Placed
2. Implants Placed
Denture Attached
3. Denture Attached

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