Implant Retained Denture in Upland

Implant Retained Denture

If you’re missing all of your teeth, Azar & Kepic can replace them with full-mouth dental implants, upper, lower, or both.

There are generally two types of implant dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. Both dentures attach by way of a snap-on mechanism, the first to a bar that runs along the implants on the palate and the second to small ball jointed pegs at the end of each implant, corresponding to its matching snap on the denture.

An implant-retained denture is a type of dental appliance that a periodontist can use to replace several missing teeth throughout the mouth or even an entire dental row. First, the root structures of missing teeth are restored by inserting surgical-grade titanium posts directly into the jawbone. These posts are then joined to metal connectors with snap-fit abutments visible above the gum line. Next, a partial or full denture can be attached to these abutments to restore a person's smile. The procedure is known as an Implant Retained Denture.

Our office accepts new patients. A referral from a dentist is not required.

Value and Benefits - Implant FAQs

Implants look and function like natural teeth. They prevent bone loss and gum recession that accompanies bridgework and dentures. Implants are more “teeth saving” than bridgework because they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Your natural teeth are left untouched. Implants allow you to speak and eat with comfort and confidence.

Please call the office to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. Bring your spouse or a close friend if you would like. We want to know your desires and expectations. Although our doctors work closely with many excellent restorative dentists in the area, a referral from a dentist is not necessary for you to make an appointment. If you do not have a restorative dentist, we will recommend someone who has the expertise needed to place the prosthetic teeth on the implants.

All treatment starts with a diagnosis, and all treatment in our office is customized. There are different options for replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Our doctors will review your options and answers all your questions. The team will review costs and discuss payment plans. The team will also help you maximize any applicable insurance.

Over Denture

An over denture fits on top of natural teeth or dental implants. Many patients suffer from ill-fitting and loose dentures that move or even fall out when speaking or eating. One way of solving this problem is to construct a dental plate that goes over and attaches to something underneath it. Keeping a few natural teeth or placing dental implants in the bone under the denture helps keep the jaw bone healthy. Implants avoid the natural jaw bone loss often seen after teeth extraction. Traditional dentures go over natural teeth. Instead, a denture can be made that goes over and attaches to one or both cuspids. Implants supported over dentures fit on top of dental implants. A retainer bar or retention balls are placed on the implants, and special attachments are inserted into the denture to grab onto these retention devices.

A novel method using mini-implants is becoming increasingly popular. Mini implants are very thin, long titanium implants that screw into the jaw bone. A periodontist can often retrofit an old denture, allowing a secure connection to the mini implants.

Snap-In Dentures

Full and partial dentures can be worn with implants without fear of slipping or falling out. A "snap-in" denture is a removable implant-supported denture. Upper and lower dentures can be fitted with the snap-in feature. Using implant-supported dentures allows the denture base to be much smaller and more comfortable. Dentures that are implant-supported improve chewing and speaking. You'll never have to worry about your teeth falling out when you eat, laugh, or talk again. You will regain chewing function and be able to eat some long-forgotten foods.