Missing All 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.

To further discuss options available as well as the best options to replace your missing teeth, contact our office and schedule a Consult with Dr. Noffze by using our Contact Us form or by phone: The Facial & Oral Surgery Center Fargo ND Office Phone Number 701-232-9565.

Snap-In Denture

One option is to have two or three implants placed in your lower jaw and a denture made that snaps onto these 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.

Missing All Lower Teeth image: Before dental implants
1. Before
Missing All Lower Teeth image: After two Dental Implants placed in lower jaw
2. Implants Placed
Missing All Lower Teeth image: Dentures snapped onto two dental implants in lower jaw
3. Denture Attached

Screw Retained Denture

A second option involves placing four or five implants in your jaw and attaching a permanent denture. Your denture is held in place by screws that secure it to the implants. 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. 

Missing All Lower Teeth image: Before replacement teeth
1. Before
Missing All Lower Teeth image: After eight Dental Implants and screw attachments placed
2. Implants Placed
Missing All Lower Teeth image: Permanent denture attached to dental implants via screws
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.

Missing All Upper Teeth image: Upper teeth denture appliance with four dental 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.

Missing All Upper Teeth image: Individual Upper Dental Implants

Implant Supported Upper Denture

If you want a restoration that is similar to your natural teeth and therefore not removable, you probably will need six to eight individual implants placed. This is followed after healing by the placement of the abutments and new replacement crowns.

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