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Missing All Upper or Lower Teeth

Myriad dentures options replace all upper or lower teeth to support lasting health and satisfaction

Formerly, patients who were missing all of their upper or lower teeth had limited options to replace those teeth. Conventional upper dentures rely on natural suction in the palate, which underscores proper fit. These dentures do not stop or prevent bone loss. As supportive tissue retreats, they must be relined, rebased, or replaced on an ongoing basis. Lower dentures may require adhesive products to hold the prosthetic in place due to challenges presented by the shape of the lower jaw and the tongue’s tendency to displace the denture. Fortunately, Drs Mike Molosky and Emily Molosky of Liberty Dental Group in Brentwood, California, offer a secure alternative to traditional dentures: implant-supported dentures. 

Depending on your needs and preferences, those missing all the teeth in the upper or lower arch(es) (the curved portions of the jaw where the teeth line up) can benefit from implant-supported or implant-retained dentures. Dental implants primarily function as artificial tooth roots. They are made from biocompatible materials that are designed to fuse or integrate to the bone in the jaw. The denture itself may be created in several different ways with implants. These dentures vary, depending on how they connect to the implant. Options include: 

  • Dentures that attach to implants with specialized balls
  • Dentures that attach to implants with specialized bars
  • Dentures that are retained with clasps or screws

The “ball attachment” denture is snapped on and off with as few as two implants. While it offers superior stability to non-implant dentures, there may still be some movement or sore spots if food particles get caught underneath the denture. The “bar attachment” denture requires as few as four implants attached to the denture with a specially-designed support bar that allows the denture to be secured firmly in the jaw. Known as an “overdenture,” this option is associated with limited movement and may be superior to the ball-connected denture for appropriate patients. Lastly, “screw retained” dentures connect to as few as five implants with supportive posts or bars; however, they are further stabilized with screws or clasps. Since the denture doesn’t come in contact with the gums, patients can clean without removing it. We only remove these dentures during maintenance visits. 

There are still other options for suitable candidates! We encourage you to contact us today at (925) 634-3501 to schedule an appointment and to get on the path to a healthy, comfortable, and renewed smile.

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