How Many Teeth Can Be Replaced with Dental Implants?
- Asked by vik in az
- 4 years ago
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!
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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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.
There are many options
I have seen (rarely) every tooth individually replaced with an implant. IF you have few teeth remaining, a more common scenario is to place several implants in each arch and build a prosthesis to replace the teeth. This piece can be screwed to the implants or can be removable on a daily basis by you. A great dentist will walk you through the options in your case. It will make a world of difference in your life, I assure you. Best of luck to you!
With adequate bones, you can replace with dental implants as many as you want!
If I understand your question correctly, you want to know if most if not all of your teeth can be replaced with dental implants. If that is the case then it all depends on the amount and quality of your available bone. Next step is to be seen by reputable implant dentist and be properly evaluated.
Dental implants can replace all of your teeth
With a lot of missing teeth, implant treatment can get complicated
Without a lot of information, I really don't have a good answer to your question. When you have a complex treatment, especially when you have some questionable teeth. The answer is technically you could replace all your teeth, but there is likely never a need to get so many.
Additionally, for the upper front teeth, it is more aesthetic to do implant bridges instead of replacing tooth for tooth. You can also often get by with bridges on the back teeth. 8 Implants for the top and 8 on the bottom can fix 95% of people missing all their teeth. If you are unsure of the amount of implants your doctor is recommending, you may want to seek out a second opinion.
Replacing teeth with implants
Depending on the individual circumstances, all the missing teeth could be replaced with a combination of implants and implant supported bridges or dentures. The only limitation is the amount and quality of the bone remaining in your jaw.
As little as two implants can be utilized to stabilize an otherwise loose denture, or as many as one implant for each missing tooth could be used to restore your entire mouth
Often where teeth have been missing for a long time the bone disappears, your body "recycles" it ; this limits the palcement of implants in those locations. Nowadays, in many cases, it is possible to graft bone back to these locations by an experienced implant surgeon.
You will need a comprehensive evaluation by an experienced implant dentist or team of dentists to plan your case appropriately and offer you a set of treatment options.
Even if implants are more costly than other treatment options many patient have found it to be well worth the expense. Being freed from their ill fitting dentures or removable partials made a significant improvement in their quality of life.
Dental implants are wonderful!
The nice thing about implants are their versatility.
You can often have an implant or two placed for every missing tooth. This is a wonderful solution but is often too expensive for the average person.
You can have combinations of bridges and implants. You may even have a denture with a few implants. The options are endless!
I recommend getting a couple quotes and staying where the doctor and you seem to see things in the same way!
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