Dental Specialists of
South Loop & North Shore

Two Convenient Locations

Missing Upper or Lower Teeth

Implant- Supported Replacement Options For Missing Lower Teeth

At Dental Specialists of South Loop & North Shore, many of our patients with missing teeth may have no problem wearing an upper denture, but some find it difficult to wear and eat with lower dentures. Several implant-supported replacement options are available if you are missing all of your lower or upper teeth. With two convenient locations to serve you- one in the South Loop in Chicago and another in Glenview, you can easily book an appointment to see how dental implant surgery can work for you.

Ball Attachment Denture

The first option is to have two implants placed into your lower jaw and a denture is made to easily snap onto them. By choosing this option, the implants allow your lower denture to be stabilized while chewing. Since there will still be movement with your lower denture, sore spots can occur is any food particles get caught under it. As with all removable replacement teeth, you will still need to make occasional appointments for adjustment.

Ball Attachment Denture

Bar Attachment Denture

The second option involves placing four to six implants, depending on your jaw size or shape, into your lower jaw. After healing is complete, the implants are 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.” The advantage of this option is that it is much more stable than the first option and allows very little denture movement. Your denture is still removable for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Bar Attachment Denture

Screw Retained Denture

The third option involves placing five or more implants in your jaw and attaching a permanent denture. Your denture is 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. Although cleaning under your denture without removing it is more time consuming and requires more skill, many of our patients who want a permanent denture prefer this option.

Screw Retained Denture

Individual Implants

The final option is to have all your teeth individually replaced so that they will appear to be growing out of your gum tissue and will most closely resemble the appearance of your natural teeth. This option usually requires eight or more implants. Separate abutments or support posts for each one of these implants will be made and crowns for each missing tooth will be placed. The teeth are often joined together for sinus grafting to replace bone height, strength, and support. Compared to the other options, this is the more expensive option, since it requires the most implants and individual replacement tooth fabrication. Your replacement options may also be limited by the current size and shape of your jawbone.

Individual Implants

Implant- Supported Replacement Options For Missing Upper Teeth

If you are missing all of your upper teeth, a similar range of treatment options are also available and are similar to the options to that of your lower jaw. However, because the bone is not as hard as the bone in the lower jaw, people often need more implants to support their new replacement teeth. With choosing an implant retained upper denture, it may be possible to eliminate the need for covering the roof of your mouth with a complete denture, depending on the number of implants to be positioned. This option allows you to fully taste and enjoy your food, while giving you a better sense of its temperature. Your denture will still be removable, but it will feel more natural.

If you are having problems with your current implants and/or dentures, missing teeth, or are just curious on what your options are- call Dental Specialists of South Loop and North Shore today. One of our specialists will be happy to answer any questions you may have and will come up with the best option for your needs. With two locations to choose from in the Chicagoland area, you are guaranteed to get the same quality care and cutting edge technology at the South Loop as well as the Glenview location.

Missing Upper Teeth

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South Loop Dental Specialists

850 South Wabash, Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60605


Dental Specialists of North Shore

2420 Ravine Way, Suite 400
Glenview, IL 60025