My teeth are in really bad shape. I have missing teeth and the teeth I have left are not in the best condition. I am looking to replace quite a few and wanted to know how many teeth can one person have implanted. Please help!
How Many Teeth Can Be Replaced with Dental Implants?
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Number of dental implants
If you are looking for a fixed bridge, then eight implants, providing you have adequate space, is most sufficient. Rarely, you would need more. This means you will have four imlants on each side or sometimes two in front and then three on each side, all restored with a bridge. The optimal design and number of implants can be determined by the diagnostic work up that your restorative dentist and surgeon will do.
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How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants
How many teeth can implants replace
There were times when it doesn't make sense to perform extensive treatment to save a tooth versus replacing it with an implant. The wonderful thing about replacing teeth with dental implants, especially for somebody who's been cavity prone, is that they will never get a cavity.
If all teeth are missing then 4 to 8 implants are needed in each arch (upper arch or lower arch)
Available bone is the key to how many implants an be placed. That is why bone grafts are beneficial when needed. All of the above is discussed viewing fixed crown and bridge as the final restoration. If one wishes removable denture that snap or screw in, then different options exist. There is always a good answer for any dental condition.
Numer of Dental Implants
There are many options for a smile makeover with dental implants
The great thing about dental implants is that they open up several options for a patient. Discuss with your dentist how many of your natural teeth may be saved. For the remaining spaces implants may be used to either hold fixed teeth or bridges similar to those of natural teeth. Another option is the implants may also be used to help stabilize and retain partial or full dentures. By using implants to retain dentures, it generally increases stability and often times may increase ethetics. At your consult your dentist will recommend which options are best for your case and the expectations, benefits, and considerations of each option.
Number of Dental Implants
For the upper arch a minimum of 4 implants are required to support a removable denture. If you want a fixed prosthesis that cannot be removed you will need 6-10 implants.
For the lower arch a minimum of 2 implants are required to support a removable denture. If you want fixed prosthesis you will need 5-10 implants.
The number of implants that can be placed is dependent on the amount of bone remaining.
How many dental implants are needed?
Todays technology and the variety of implant sizes and shapes generally can allow implants to be placed almost anywhere. This being said, the amount of bone available is a limiting factor. If you are missing 3 teeth on the lower arch, many times 3 implants will be placed if there is sufficient bone and space. You can however, place two implants and use a 3 tooth implant bridge.
If you are missing most of your teeth or they have very poor long term prognosis, many times the All-on-4 technology can be used to anchor a full dental bridge in place. An all-on-4 technique may even have 6 implants placed.
In overview, there are numerous options that implant dentists can offer their patients.
Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF
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