How Many Teeth Can Be Replaced with Dental Implants?

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!

Doctor Answers 24

One to twenty eight

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You can replace a single tooth to all 28 in your mouth.  You can also put a whole arch of teeth on just four to six implants.

How many teeth can implants replace

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Dental implants can be used to replace anywhere from a single tooth to an entire set of teeth.
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.

Richard Champagne, DMD
Freehold Dentist

If all teeth are missing then 4 to 8 implants are needed in each arch (upper arch or lower arch)

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We routinely replace missing teeth with implants with these guidelines. One tooth missing gets one implant, one abutment and one crown. Two adjacent teeth missing is generally two implants, two abutments and two crowns that may be splinted or separate. three missing teeth adjacent to one another gets two implants, two abutments and three teeth in the form of a 3-unit bridge. Four teeth missing same as the three but with four-unit bridge.Six missing may be three implants ideally, seven missing may be three implants, eight to ten are missing may be four  or five implants and 9 or 10 missing teeth needs either 4,5 or 6 implants. For maximum lifetime, the higher the number of implants the stronger and longer the crown and bridge will last. 8 implants is all that should ever be needed in a single arch to replace all 14 teeth (third molars are not usually replaced).

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.

Number of Teeth That Can Be Replaced With Dental Implants

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There is no limit to how many teeth can be replaced in a healthy mouth. You do not need to have every tooth replaced. You can replace a few teeth and bridge them together as well. There are many options. I highly recommend you see your periodontist or Oral surgeon for a consultation to determine the best option for you!

Parnaz Aurasteh, DDS
Beverly Hills Dentist

Full Mouth Dental Implants

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Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or a full set of teeth in your mouth. You however do not require an implant for each tooth being replaced and instead a few implants can be bridged together to replace multiple teeth.

Prashant Nanda, MDS
India Dentist

How many teeth can be replaced by implants?

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The primary limitation on the number of teeth that can be replaced by dental implants is the quality and quantity of bone.  If your teeth are generally a disaster, then perhaps you remove all the teeth and have a hybrid denture made over five or six implants.  There are a variety of options when it comes to implant supported teeth.  To answer your question appropriately would involve a thorough examination of your teeth and gums including full mouth x-rays and photographs.  Each tooth should be evaluated for its long term prognosis, and any tooth that has a poor prognosis should be removed as part of a comprehensive plan.  From what you state in your question, a simple answer just isn't possible without knowing all of the details.

Neal Nealis, DDS
Chicago Dentist

Dental Implants are amazing!

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Often times we can replace a whole arch or row of teeth and even a full mouth of teeth by utilizing dental implants.  You may want to look into the "All on Four" or "Teeth in a Day" procedure.  For example, on one arch or jaw, we are able to remove the bad teeth, place four to six implants and then have a full set of fixed teeth attached to those implants.   This procedure again can help replace a full arch of teeth or a full mouth, depending on the situation.  Many patients opt for this treatment versus having say 10 or more individual implants to replace each missing tooth separately.

Teeth replacement with implants

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Dear via, 

You can replace all your teeth with implants. However it's not recommended to have each tooth individually replaced with an implant. If you’re missing all your upper teeth, you would need 8–10 implants. The same stands for the lower. If extensive bone grafting is required, you might be advised to get a full arch restoration on 6 implants or all-on-four.

Valentina Lyssova, DDS
New York Dentist

Implants all around

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Theoretically speaking Yes, you can have implants placed in the whole mouth however I would advised against it. 10-15 years ago implants were place on an individual basis but with time we've learned that less is more. It sounds like you would be an ideal candidate for an ALL ON 4 which is procedure where they would implant 4-8 implants  and ultimately make you a full arch of teeth which will be anchored by these 4-8 Implants. Placing less implants in the mouth I find to be better for the patient due to less trauma to the mandibular/maxillary bone as well as leading to a more pleasing aesthetic result.  

Mitchell Charnas, DMD
New York Dentist

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants

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Dental implants can replace anywhere from ONE to 32 teeth depending on the size of your jaws, how many teeth you are missing and what kind of final prosthesis you require. For example, if you are missing your front two upper teeth, then you can replace each one with a separate implant (post) and crown (cap). So you will have two implants and two caps. On the other hand, if you have your upper teeth but missing all of your lower teeth, they you have a choice of having three implants in the front of the jaw to support a click-in denture; or, you can get 8-10 implants in the lower jaw to replace most teeth with a FIXED non-removable bridge prosthesis. Implant treatment is very versatile nowadays and anything is possible. All depends on how much you want to spend with a price range from $30,000 to $120,000. All the best! 

Herbert Veisman, DDS
Toronto Periodontist

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