An edentulous person is someone who doesn’t have any teeth left, and will need a complete denture (sometimes called an ‘overdenture).
The type of attachments and number of implants required to hold everything in place will depend on the patient, and every treatment is specifically tailored to best suit the needs of the person.
Ball retained Dentures with locator abutments: The abutment is the name given to the device that connects the implant (root) to the prosthetic teeth (overdenture). Locator abutments are made to pivot a little as you chew, which distributes the pressure of your bite across your teeth without putting strain on any particular one. This pivoting technology is very successful for implant-retained overdenture restorations.
Bar-Retained Dentures: A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to between 2-5 implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture is then fitted over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
Fixed Bridge: This is a fixed, non-removable solution, where a whole new set of teeth are permanently screwed onto your dental implants. They stay in place and can only be removed by a dentist.