What if I am only missing my upper or lower teeth?
Ball Attachment Dentures & Implants
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 and allow for more natural function since they shift less than traditional dentures. Some soreness and some shifting are still possible and may require 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 Dentures & Implants
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 & Implants
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. We will still remove this type of denture to maintain their quality and fit during your regular maintenance visits.