MISSING ALL UPPER OR LOWER TEETH

TYPES OF PROSTHESIS AVAILABLE

MISSING TEETH?  DENTURES?  LEARN MORE ABOUT HEALTHBITE SMILE-IN-A-DAY vs. ALTERNATIVE TRADITIONAL IMPLANT PROCEDURES


When you lose several teeth, whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years, chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself! 

 

HEALTHBITE SMILE-IN-A-DAY PROCEDURE


Our HealthBite Smile in a Day utilizes the newest innovation in dental implant technology, along with our experienced & trained specialist, allowing most patients to receive their new teeth in a single surgical appointment!  Our HealthBite Smile in a Day solution means less discomfort and quicker healing than traditional dental implant treatments.  Patients, in most cases, can have teeth today and enjoy eating a normal healthy diet very soon after the procedure!

HealthBite, as a proven treatment, is a solution that is more affordable than traditional treatment because it only requires, in most cases, only four implants.  On your primary appointment you will receive a beautiful set of fixed temporary teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.  Once your mouth has completely healed, we will replace your temporary teeth with your new fixed permanent teeth.

 

TRADITIONAL DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURES

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.

 

Ball Attachment Denture

One option is to have two 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.

A mouth that has all teeth missing on its lower jaw

1. BEFORE

A mouth with the lower jaw with two implants and no bottom teeth

2. IMPLANT PLACED

A mouth with a Ball Attachment Denture latched onto the lower jaw by two implants

3. DENTURE ATTACHED

Bar Attachment Denture

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 are connected with a custom-made support bar. Your denture will be made with special internal retention clips that attach onto 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 and allows very little denture movement. Your denture is still removable for easy cleaning and maintenance.

A mouth with the lower jaw missing all of its teeth

1. BEFORE

A mouth without teeth and four implants connected by a metal bar on its lower jaw

2. IMPLANT PLACED

A mouth with a Bar Attachment Denture secured onto the lower jaw by four implants

3. DENTURE ATTACHED

Implant supported over-denture


An Implant Supported Over-denture is a contemporary restoration that has revolutionized the way surgeons and dentists think of replacing a full set of teeth. Standard dentures are unsecured prostheses with inherent limitations. Most often, dentures are painful, inconvenient and unstable. Such dentures can make chewing foods difficult, limiting the foods that you once enjoyed. Modern dentistry can help with implant supported dentures.

The Implant Supported Overdenture treatment concept replaces your missing teeth with a full dental bridge supported by dental implants. Fewer implants are needed and overall treatment time and cost is reduced. An Implant Supported Overdenture solution also ensures greater stability in the bone, reducing the need for bone graft surgery to increase bone volume. Implant-supported overdentures stay connected with bar and clip attachment methods or use a variety of abutment-based attachments (ball, magnets, and resilient stud attachments such as Locators). The most appropriate attachment system for your individual needs relates to a variety of factors that is determined early in the treatment. Typically, a temporary set of teeth can be placed on the same day of surgery. The temporary teeth allow you to lead a normal life immediately after surgery. After a short healing period, your dentist will place the final bridge. Your quality of life is improved, and you can start enjoying your favorite foods again with renewed confidence.

IMPLANT SUPPORTED OVERDENTURES OFFER YOU MANY ADVANTAGES:

  • A cost effective solution. When compared to some other implant supported restoration methods, your new replacement teeth require fewer implants for each jaw. With fewer implants required, the cost is lowered.
  • Reduced need for bone grafting. The special angled placement of two of the implants ensures a secure and stable anchorage for the replaced arch, often making bone grafting unnecessary.
  • Faster treatment and healing time. Your replacement arch can be attached to your implants immediately after insertion.

Scientifically proven and documented. Implant Supported Overdentures have had good clinical outcomes from decade long studies with favorable results.

Individual Implants

The final option is to have all your teeth individually replaced so that they will appear to be growing out of your gum tissue and will most closely resemble the appearance of your natural teeth. This option usually requires eight or more implants. Separate abutments or support posts for each one of these implants will be made and crowns for each missing tooth will be placed. The teeth are often joined together for sinus grafting to replace bone height strength and support. Overall, this is the most costly option, because it requires the most implants and individual replacement tooth fabrication. Your replacement options may also be limited by the current size and shape of your jawbone.

A digital representation of a the lower jaw missing all of its teeth

1. BEFORE

A mouth showing the lower jaw with all the teeth as individual implants

2. IMPLANT PLACED

A mouth showing the healed lower jaw after individual implants were placed

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. 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.

An Implant Retained Upper Denture with its 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.

Individual Upper Dental Implants

Individual Upper Implants

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

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