Missing All Upper or Lower Teeth
Although many patients have no problem wearing dentures, most people would rather not have the impairment – aesthetic or functional – of missing all upper or lower teeth. Yet a common complaint of denture wearers is poor stability. A traditional denture is held in place only by suction or sticky gooey adhesive. They can slip, wobble, rub sore spots, or pop out unexpectedly. However, the oral surgeons at First Coast OMS in Jacksonville, Lake City & Amelia Island, FL offer multiple solutions for a full set of teeth with a comfortable, confident fit, and attractive appearance. Two great options are: Bar Attachment Denture, Implant-Supported Dentures, Bar Attachment Denture and Screw Retained Denture. Keep reading to hear more about each of these options offered at First Coast Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery!
General Dentists may advertise dental implants and actually only handle a few stand-alone restorations each year. First Coast Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, however, are experts in implant surgery and more advanced and complicated cases. Call (904) 565-1505 in the North Florida Area – Jacksonville, Lake City, Amelia Island, FL area. We have solutions for nearly anyone missing all upper or lower teeth.
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Improved Chewing & Speaking
Natural Function & Look
Improved Facial Appearance
Prevention of Bone Loss
No Special Care Required
Very sturdy and secure
No Diet restrictions
Can Be Changed & Updated
Ball Attachment Denture
One option is to have two to four 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.
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.
Bar Attachment Denture
Bar Attachment Denture uses just four dental implants to secure the prosthetic arch. Those dental implants are made of titanium, so after the oral surgeon places them into the jaw, the surrounding bone material integrates with the implant’s surface. The implant becomes a permanent fixture in the jaw.
The dental implants are placed toward the front of the jaw, where the bone is typically thicker and adequate, allowing most patients to take advantage of this intervention, even if they’ve already experienced some bone loss at the rear of the jaw.
The oral surgeon can complete the Bar Attachment Denture placement procedure in a single appointment in an outpatient setting. Many patients can be fitted with a temporary prosthetic at that appointment as well, leaving the office with a fully restored smile. After the patient has healed from the initial procedure, he or she can return to the office to get the permanent appliance.
Dental implants are a good option for supporting a prosthetic like a denture because they offer more stability than a conventional denture does. The appliance will stay in place and does not require a denture adhesive with an unpleasant taste.
Patients who choose Bar Attachment Denture gain an advantage in durability, too. The implants not only hold the denture in place, but they also help to anchor the jaw. The teeth’s roots do that job when they are present, but following tooth loss, there’s no such structure to stabilize the jaw and it erodes over time.
That phenomenon of jawbone resorption causes standard dentures to lose their fit over time. After a while, the appliance will need to be re-lined or refitted. An implant-supported denture rarely needs to be replaced for that reason.
Bar Attachment Denture dental implants can be a good option for patients who want to avoid the inconveniences of standard dentures. Contact Stonebriar Facial & Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation to learn more about this treatment. WORKING ON THIS
Scientifically proven and documented. Bar Attachment Denture is supported by good clinical outcomes from studies over a decade with favorable results.
A cost-effective solution. Your new replacement teeth require only 4 implants for each jaw. With fewer implants required, the cost is lowered.
A 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.
A faster treatment and healing time. Your replacement arch can be attached to your implants immediately after insertion.
Screw Retained Denture
A third option involves placing five or more implants in your jaw and attaching a permanent denture. Your denture is held in place by screws or clasps that secure it to the support posts or bar. It doesn’t touch the gum tissue, which allows you to clean under the denture without removing it. This denture will replace all your missing lower teeth and will not be removed except at maintenance visits. Although cleaning under your denture without removing it is more time consuming and requires more dexterity, many patients who want a permanent denture prefer this option.
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.
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At First Coast OMS we make every effort to provide you with the finest care and the most convenient financial options. To accomplish this we work hand-in-hand with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures. If you have any problems or questions, please ask our staff. They are well informed and here to assist you. They can be reached by phone at 904-565-1505.
Both of our offices accept most PPO Dental Plans.