Full Dental Arch Replacement

Full Arch Replacement Options: Doylestown, Meadowbrook, Langhorne, and Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Associates provides several replacement options if you are missing all your lower teeth or missing all upper teeth. Review your options below and call us to schedule an appointment to start your return to new functional teeth and a great smile!

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Missing All Lower Teeth

Although many patients have no problem wearing an upper denture, some people 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 teeth.

Ball Attachment Denture | Bar Attachment Denture | Screw Retained Denture | Individual Implants


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 denture adjustment.

Illustration of lower jaw, missing all teeth before Ball Attachment Denture
1. Before
Lower jaw illustration: After two Dental Implants placed
2. Implants Placed
Lower jaw illustration: Denture on dental implants via ball attachments
3. Denture Attached

Bar Attachment Denture

Another 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.

Illustration of lower jaw, missing all teeth before Bar Attachment Denture
1. Before
Lower jaw illustration: After four Dental Implants and a bar placed
2. Implants Placed
Lower jaw illustration: After Denture secured via bar and dental implants
3. Denture Attached

Screw Retained Denture

A 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 dexterity, many patients who want a permanent denture prefer this option.

Illustration of lower jaw, missing all teeth before Screw Retained Denture
1. Before
Lower jaw illustration: Multiple Dental Implants placed
2. Implants Placed
Lower jaw illustration: After Denture Attached to dental implants
3. Denture Attached

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. Overall, this is the most costly option, because 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.

Lower jaw illustration: All missing teeth replaced with individual dental implants
1. Before
Lower jaw illustration: All missing teeth replaced with individual dental implants
2. Implants Placed
Illustration of 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?

A similar range of treatment options is also available for your upper jaw. However, because the bone is not as hard as that in the lower jaw, people often need more implants to support their new replacement teeth. 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.

Illustration: Implant Retained Upper Denture with dental 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.

Upper jaw illustration: All missing teeth replaced with individual 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 implantsplaced. This is followed after healing by the placement of the abutments and new replacement crowns.


Patient Reviews: Dental Implants

We invite you to read reviews from our satisfied patients! To leave your feedback, please use our online Patient Review form. For assistance, please call us at Doylestown Office Phone Number (215) 938-7860.

Pennsylvania Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Associates

5 out of 5 stars based on 2 Dental Implants reviews.

Patient Review By Frederick G

On my initial consult in August, Dr. Sock reviewed the condition of the root of my tooth (#22) which was decaying below the gum line, and confirmed my dentist's conclusion that a root canal was not an option. The tooth required extraction. Dr. Sock then explained the entire process: after extraction, the tooth cavity is filled with ground up bone, and allowed to integrate into the jaw bone for several months. Then he carefully inserts a titanium implant, which, after healing several months, is then capped with a crown by my dentist. Prior to installing the implant, a 3-D conical beam x-ray is taken by Dr. Sock in order to accurately position the implant in the location where the tooth was extracted and bone graft was completed. What I really liked about this process is that Dr. Sock took his time to explain in detail the entire process, and go over the specific procedure he was going to perform each visit. What really amazed me was how "painless" he made the extraction and bone graft, and then the implant. I even told him that both the extraction and implant procedures were less painful than a tooth cleaning or getting a tooth filled at my dentist! I will recommend him (and this practice) to all my family and friends whenever they require an extraction, implant, or any other type of dental surgery. He and his staff are very caring and go out of their way to make the whole process as smooth and painless as possible!! Excellent work!!

- Frederick G

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Patient Review By PBHS T

I was able to get scheduled very soon after I first called in. And once I arrived at the office, the entire process from start to finish was prompt, professional, and expertly done. I am happy to recommend this practice to anyone.

- PBHS T

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