How Many Implants Do I Need for Dentures?

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Published on: February 27, 2012

Dental implants can replace one, a few, or a full set of teeth. To secure dentures, implant patients have a few options. Rest assured, you won’t need an implant post for every lost tooth. In most cases, four implants can secure a denture.

Factors for Dental Implant Case Planning

As a specialist, Dr. Seal has extensive education and experience in the area of prosthodontics—replacement of missing teeth. He’ll consider your oral health, bone density, age, and overall health when recommending the type and number of implants to secure your dentures. If your jawbone has begun to deteriorate, a bone graft prior to implant placement may be recommended.  Planning an implant case involves determining the ideal positioning for dental implant posts. Dr. Seal will plan your case carefully, referring to your records and x-rays to ensure precision.

Types of Implant Dentures

A common procedure for denture retention is strategically positioning four implants into the upper or lower jaw. Once bone integrates with the implant posts (osseointegration), a denture can be securely attached to the implant posts. This type of implant procedure allows a denture to be fixed or removable, but it is most often fixed.

A less common option is to place two dental implant posts near the front (anterior) of the mouth. On these posts, a horizontal bar is secured. A removable denture is then fitted to snap onto the bar for stability.

Your Implant Consultation

To determine how many implants you’ll need for denture retention, visit Dallas prosthodontist Dr. Greg Seal for an implant consultation. Contact our office today at (214) 361-0883. With over 25 years’ experience as a North Dallas prosthodontist and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Seal serves residents in the Katy Trail and SMU areas, as well as Highland Park, University Park, and the neighboring communities.