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How Many Dental Implants Will I Need for Implant Dentures?

Dentists today utilize anywhere from two to six dental implants to secure implant dentures in place. Factors that can influence the exact number of implants used include the specific implant denture technique employed, the patient’s jawbone density, which row of teeth (upper or lower) is being replaced, and more.

When considering implant dentures, it is important to understand that the placement of too few dental implants to anchor a full arch restoration can lead to an increased risk of treatment failure—any force applied to the implant denture (such as when biting or chewing) is taken on by the implants themselves, so the fewer implants there are to absorb pressure, the greater the likelihood that one or more may become loose or even detach from the overdenture.  

For this reason, Dr. Colin Morton typically utilizes four or six dental implants for implant denture cases, as the greater number of implants allows for a wider distribution of force while minimizing pressure absorbed by individual implants. For qualified candidates, he has found these techniques—commonly referred to as All-on-Four and All-on-Six—to lead to highly durable, long-lasting results.

If you have additional questions about implant dentures, or if you are interested in full arch tooth replacement and wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Morton, we invite you to contact our practice today. We are happy to help restore your smile!

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