Implant Retained Dentures IN MEDFORD, OR

Upgrade your Dentures with Implant Retained Dentures

Close up of a smiling womanWe can replace your missing teeth, and give you the look and feel of your natural teeth using dental implants. The dental implant system allows your denture to be securely in place, no adhesives, no loose teeth, helping you feel confident and comfortable in your teeth.

Our team at Siskiyou Smiles can replace your missing teeth, restore your bite and function, while giving you the look you desire. Let Dr. Fagundes show you how she can make a difference in your comfort and smile.

Your oral health is dependent on the health and status of your teeth. Missing teeth creates a domino effect of shifting your jaw alignment, creating problems with your speech, atrophy occurring with your bone and gum tissue, and the inability to eat foods that you once enjoyed.

Tooth loss also increases the burden on your remaining teeth and can cause muscle pain in your jaws and headaches. Besides these physical effects, there are emotional effects, our mouths reflect so much of how we feel, and people lose confidence when they are unhappy with their teeth. Our office can replace your teeth using implant retained dentures.

What if I’m missing all of my lower teeth?

Missing all of your teeth in your lower arch can make normal tasks including, eating and speaking, significantly more difficult. The problems with lower dentures are considerably more than upper dentures. Although many patients have no problem wearing an upper denture, most find it difficult to wear and eat with lower dentures. We can assist with a variety of options for implant-supported replacement options to support your lower teeth.

Ball Attachment Denture

The simplest option for implant retained dentures is the ball attachment denture. This system is the placement of two dental implants in your lower jaw that allows the patient to snap the denture into place. This option is considerably more comfortable than loose dentures, and provides a lot of stability. The stability and functionality of the ball attachment denture give patients approximately 60% of what they had with their natural teeth, opposed to 10% of the functionality of loose dentures. However, there will still be movement of your lower denture due to it not being attached in the back of your mouth. Patients report occasional sore spots occurring when any food particles, especially seeds, are caught under it. We will check the status of this system during periodic appointments.

A mouth with the lower jaw missing all of its teeth
1. Before
A mouth with the lower jaw with two implants and no bottom teeth
2. Implants Placed
A mouth with a Ball Attachment Denture latched onto the lower jaw by two implants
3. Denture Attached

Bar Attachment Denture

A second option for implant retention is the placement of a bar attachment. This option involves the placement of four to six implants, depending on the size and shape of your jaw, into your lower jaw. Once your mouth has healed from this process, approximately 3-6 months, the implants are then 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 “overdenture.” Many dental journals have stated that this process should be considered the first choice for denture patients. The advantage of this option is that it is much more stable than the first option and allows very little denture movement. What patients like is having the stability and functionality along with the ability to remove their denture for cleaning and maintenance.

A mouth that has all teeth missing on its lower jaw
1. Before
A mouth without teeth and four implants connected by a metal bar on its lower jaw
2. Implants Placed
A mouth with a Bar Attachment Denture secured onto the lower jaw by four implants
3. Denture Attached

Screw Retained Denture

A third option for implant retention is the placement of screw retained implants. This process is the placement of five or more implants directly into your jawbone and then attaching a permanent denture. Your denture is permanently 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 with Dr. Fagundes. 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. This option provides considerable stability along with functionality that will help you forget you even have a denture.

A mouth that has all lower jaw teeth missing
1. Before
A mouth that has six implants and no teeth on its lower jaw
2. Implants Placed
A mouth with a Screw Attachment Denture affixed onto the lower jaw by six implants
3. Denture Attached

What If I’m Missing All Of My Upper Teeth?

For patients who are missing their upper teeth, the options available are similar. The main difference is in the upper jaw bone which is not as hard as the lower jaw, because of this, people often need more implants to support their new replacement teeth. 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. Patients like this option because it allows you to fully taste your food and gives you a better sense of its temperature, it will also allow your denture to feel more natural. You will still have a removable denture, which makes cleaning the support bar and denture much easier.

An Implant Retained Upper Denture with its implants attached

Implant Retained Upper Denture

In order to provide our patients with the most comfort in their denture, we strive to eliminate the need of covering the roof of their mouths. This will be dependent on how many implants are needed. Keeping the roof of your mouth open allows you to fully taste your food and helps you have a better sense of its temperature. This simple act will help your denture feel more natural. You will still have a removable denture, which makes cleaning the support bar and denture much easier.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Many patients report increased confidence because of their implant retained dentures.
  • Patients love the stability their implant retained denture offers while eating.
  • Implants help preserve your bone and gum tissue, which can atrophy with the loss of teeth.
  • Implant restoration helps patients improve the health and hygiene of their oral health.
  • Implants increase the aesthetics of your teeth.
  • The nutritional benefits of patients with implant retained dentures versus loose dentures is increased.