21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010

Missing All Lower Teeth

Although many patients do not experience problems wearing upper dentures, some find it difficult to wear and eat with lower dentures. Several implant-supported replacement options are available if you are missing all your lower teeth.

Ball 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 adjustments.

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

Another option, the bar attachment, involves placing four to six implants into your lower jaw (depending on how big your jaw is). Once healing is complete, the implants are connected with a customized 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 making it a lot more stable, so there is little movement amongst your dentures. Your dentures however will still be removable for easy 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 involves placing five or more implants into your jaw and attaching a permanent denture. Your denture is held in place by screws or clasps that secure it to the support posts to avoid touching the gum tissue to allow for better cleaning underneath the denture without removing it.
The screw retained denture will replace all of 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.

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

All teeth can be individually replaced, so that they look like they are growing out of your gum tissue and more closely resemble the appearance of natural teeth. This option usually requires 8 or more implants. Separate abutments or support posts for each implant will be made along with crowns for each missing tooth.
This is a costlier option that requires the most implants and individual replacement tooth fabrication. Your replacement options may also be limited by the size and shape of your jawbone.

A digital representation of a the lower jaw missing all of its teeth
1. Before
A mouth showing the lower jaw with all the teeth as individual implants
2. Implants Placed
A mouth showing the healed lower jaw after individual implants were placed
3. Healing Completed

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

Treatment options are available for your upper jaw, however, because the bone is not as hard as it is in the lower jaw, people often need more implants to support their new replacement teeth.
Depending upon the number of implants needed, 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, not to mention your dentures will feel more natural. You will still have a removable denture, which makes cleaning the support bar and denture a lot easier.

An Implant Retained Upper Denture with its implants attached

Implant Retained Upper Denture

Choosing this option allows you to completely taste your food, know whether it’s hot or cold easily and you will feel like you have natural teeth and it is pretty simple to clean in terms of the supporting bar as well as the denture itself. .

Individual Upper Dental Implants

Individual Upper Implants

It is also possible to get individual implants placed on the upper part of the mouth. Between 8 and 10 implants would be utilized and after healing time, abutments and crowns will be added.

Oral Facial & Implant Specialists, P.C.
Deer Park Office

21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010
Tel: (847) 381-0106
Fax: (847) 381-0265

Deer Park Oral Surgeons, Dr. J. Travis Thompson and Dr. Stephen Martin, manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. For more information about the oral and maxillofacial surgery services we provide, or to schedule a consultation, call our office in Deer Park, IL at Deer Park Office Phone Number (847) 381-0106.