Upper or Lower Teeth Replacement in Cornelius, NC
All Lower Teeth Replacement
Missing All Lower Teeth
Although many patients have no problem with their upper denture, some find lower dentures hard to wear. We offer implant-supported replacement options in our Cornelius, NC office for patients who are missing all of their lower teeth.
Ball Attachment Denture
Two implants can be placed in the lower jaw with a denture that snaps onto the implants. This creates a more stable denture while you are chewing. However, the lower denture may still move and sore spots will occur if any food particles become lodged under it. Periodic appointments are needed for denture adjustment.
Bar Attachment Denture
For a sturdier opinion, four to six implants can be placed in the lower jaw. Once the area has healed, the implants are connected with a custom-made support bar. A denture is fabricated with special clips that attach to the support bar. This keeps the denture snapped securely in place. This is called an “overdenture.” A bar attachment denture is more stable and allows for little denture movement, yet the restoration is still removable for cleaning and maintenance.
Screw Retained Denture
Five or more implants can be placed to attach a permanent denture. Your denture is attached to screws that are secured to the support posts or bar. The denture itself does not touch the gum tissue so you can clean under it without removing the prosthesis.
This denture replaces missing teeth on the lower jaw and is only removed at maintenance visits. Cleaning under your denture without removing it requires more time and dexterity. However, many patients who want a permanent denture prefer this option.
You may also choose to have all of your teeth individually replaced. This makes the teeth appear to be naturally growing out of the gums so they resemble your natural teeth. Eight or more dental implants with separate abutments and crowns are required for this option. Each missing tooth is replaced separately. Sinus grafting may be performed to replace bone height strength and support.
This option requires the most implants and individual replacement tooth fabrication; thus, it is usually a more costly choice. Your options for individual teeth replacement may be limited by the size and shape of your jaw.
All Upper Teeth Replacement
What If I’m Missing All Of My Upper Teeth?
Treatment options also exist to replace all of the teeth on your upper jaw. However, because the bone along the upper jaw is not as hard as the lower jaw meaning more implants are required to support the replacement teeth.
Implant Retained Upper Denture
Depending upon the number of implants used, you may not have to cover the roof of your mouth with a complete denture. By not covering the roof of the mouth, you can fully taste your food and have a better sense of its temperature. This denture feels more natural, but it is still removable so it is easy to clean the support bar and denture.
Individual Upper Implants
For a restoration that more closely resembles your natural teeth, but is not removable, eight to ten individual implants are needed. After the mouth heals, the implants are topped with individual abutments and crowns.