Full Mouth Restoration  Katy, TX

Replace All Teeth with Dental Implants Katy TX

A full mouth restoration refers to replacing all teeth in the upper or lower jaw with dental implants. Although many patients have no problem wearing dentures, others find it difficult to wear and eat with dentures, notably lower dentures, in place. Others do not like the look, feel, or inconvenience of dentures. These patients often choose a full mouth restoration using dental implants. At Mason Creek Dental, we offer several dental implant options to our patients. Depending on the type of replacement teeth you choose, you can get anywhere from four to six implants in the upper or lower jaw to secure your replacement teeth while minimizing the time and cost of implant surgery.

Ball Attachment Implant Denture

A ball attachment denture in the lower jaw combines the benefits of dental implants with a lower denture. The modified denture snaps onto two small metal balls on dental implants to give you greater stability when eating. You still have to watch that food debris does not get caught beneath the denture, but you do not have to worry about your dentures slipping or falling out. However, some minor movement is still experienced.

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 hybrid between dental implants and dentures is the bar attachment denture. This option involves placing four to six implants in the lower jaw, then attaching a custom-made support bar that connects the implants. Your denture is fitted with small clips that snap onto the support bar. This “overdenture” is more secure than a ball attachment denture but can still be removed 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

If you do not like the idea of a removable denture over implants, a screw retained denture may be an option for your full mouth restoration. We place five or more implants in your lower jaw, then attach the denture to the implants using either an attachment bar or screws. The denture is permanently attached, so there is no need to remove it for cleaning. A gap between the denture and the gums allows you to clean the gums without removing your dentures. Periodic maintenance visits to our office ensure your screw retained denture stays in place and is functioning correctly.

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

Individual Dental Implants

The final and most extensive option for replacing all teeth in the upper or lower jaw is individual dental implants. Individual implants feature separate crowns or bridges, each attached to an individual implant, to replace your missing teeth. These most closely resemble the look, comfort, and bite force of your natural teeth. For most people, eight or more implants are required.

Individual implants are more expensive than All-On-4 and other options because each replacement tooth must be individually crafted and placed on the abutments and titanium implants in the jaw. Successful individual implants rely on the skill of the dentist and the shape, health, and size of your jawbone.

A digital representation of 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 My Upper Teeth?

Dental implants are most often used to replace missing lower teeth, but there are also options for missing upper teeth. The treatment options are similar, but the upper jaw is not as dense or hard as the lower jaw, so multiple implants are usually needed for a full mouth restoration.

An Implant Retained Upper Denture with its implants attached

Implant Retained Upper Denture

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.

Individual Upper Dental Implants

Individual Upper Implants

If you want a restoration that is similar to your natural teeth and therefore not removable, you probably will need eight to ten individual implants placed. This is followed after healing by the placement of the abutments and new replacement crowns.