Missing All Upper or Lower Teeth?
Although many patients have no problem wearing a denture, some people find it difficult to wear and eat with dentures. Several implant-supported replacement options are available if you are missing all of your teeth in one or both arches.
Locator Attachment 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 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.
Screw Retained Full Arch Zirconia Bridge
Another option involves placing four to six implants in your jaw and attaching a permanent Full Arch Zirconia Bridge. Your denture is held in place by screws that secure it to the support posts. It doesn’t touch the gum tissue, which allows you to clean under the denture without removing it. This bridge will replace all your missing upper or lower teeth and will not be removed except at maintenance visits. With a Zirconia Bridge you are able to still brush your teeth like normal and under your bridge is easily maintained with a waterpik or special floss.