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.

Implant-Supported “snap” Over-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 much more stable while chewing. As with all removable replacement teeth, you still will need periodic appointments for denture adjustment.

Illustration of a mouth with the lower jaw missing all of its teeth
1. Before
Illustration of a mouth with the lower jaw missing all of its teeth and with two ball attachment dental implants
2. Implants Placed
Illustration of a mouth with dentures attached to two ball attachment dental implants
3. Denture Attached

Bar Attachment Over-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 “over-denture.” 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.

Illustration of a mouth with the lower jaw missing all of its teeth
1. Before
Illustration of a mouth with the lower jaw missing all of its teeth and with four bar attachment dental implants
2. Implants Placed
Illustration of a mouth with dentures attached to four bar attachment dental implants
3. Denture Attached

Teeth In A Day ™

With recent advancements in technology and techniques, your failing teeth can be replaced immediately (in one day) placing five or more implants in your lower jaw and attaching a fixed bridge. Your bridge is held in place by screws that secure it to the dental implants. Removable dentures can be entirely avoided. This bridge will replace all your missing lower teeth and will not be removed except at maintenance visits. Your new teeth will look and feel like your natural ones once did.

We are motivated to provide our patients with a full complement of beautiful and functional teeth. This can now be accomplished IN ONE DAY and is likely to improve your confidence, self-esteem, and quality of life.

Illustration of a mouth with the lower jaw missing all of its teeth
1. Before
Illustration of a mouth with the lower jaw missing all of its teeth and eight screw retained dental implants
2. Implants Placed
Illustration of a mouth with dentures attached to eight screw retained dental implants
3. Fix Bridge Placed

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.

Illustration of a mouth with all lower teeth missing before dental implants
1. Before
Illustration of a mouth with all lower teeth missing and dental implants placed for each tooth
2. Implants Placed
Illustration of a mouth with tooth replacements on each dental implants
3. Healing Completed

Missing All Of Upper Teeth

A similar range of treatment options is also available for your upper jaw.

Teeth In A Day ™

Inability to adequately taste food is a common complaint from patients who use an 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 new teeth will feel more natural without the palate covered by synthetic denture material. With recent advancements in technology and techniques your failing teeth can be replaced immediately (in one day) by placing four to six implants into the upper jaw and attaching a fixed bridge. Your bridge is held in place by screws that secure it to the dental implants. Removable dentures can be entirely avoided. This bridge will replace all your missing upper teeth and will not be removed except at maintenance visits. Your new teeth will look and feel like your natural ones once did.

We are motivated to provide our patients with a full complement of beautiful and functional teeth. This can now be accomplished IN ONE DAY and is likely to improve your confidence, self-esteem, and quality of life.

Illustration of an implant retained upper denture with implants attachments
Illustration of dental implants with tooth replacement for each upper tooth

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.