Difficulty chewing and slippage along the gumline are some of the most common limitations experienced by patients who wear dentures. Thankfully, these problems can often be minimized—or completely eliminated—with implant dentures, a technique designed to affix your dentures to the jawbone using a series of strategically positioned dental implants. The number of implants required to anchor an upper or lower denture generally ranges from two to eight, but this figure can vary depending on the details of your unique treatment plan.
Upper vs. Lower Jaw
Dentures anchored to the upper jaw typically require at least four implants, while the minimum number of implants necessary to secure a prosthesis to the lower jaw is approximately two. The upper jawbone is softer and less dense than the bone in the lower jaw, resulting in the need for additional support when the upper dental arch is being restored. In contrast, the strength of the lower jawbone means fewer implants are necessary to achieve a stable foundation.
Fixed vs. Removable Dentures
Whether your dentures are permanently fixed to the gumline or “snap” in and out of place will also influence how many implants you may need to obtain a long-term result. Fixed dentures often require at least four implants to feel like your natural teeth, while removable options don’t need as much security. Ultimately, Dr. Eric Klumb and Dr. Mike Menolascino, our Eureka-area dentists, will be able to determine how many implants you will need to achieve your goals during a consultation.
Implant dentures can help restore the security and functionality of your natural teeth, not to mention the full integrity of your smile. Please call our office at (636) 938-6241 to learn more about the treatment process or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Klumb or Dr. Menolascino.