One of the most common types of full mouth reconstruction treatments is to use dental implants to support a fixed denture (“plate.”)
Some people assume that in order to replace their missing teeth with implants, they need an individual implant for each tooth that is missing.
Fortunately, that just isn’t the case. And it all has to do with how durable implants are to begin with!
Strategic Placement and Support
A pair of dental implants can support the weight of multiple teeth. That’s why dentists often use them to anchor bridges up to 4-5 teeth long. But when you need a longer prosthesis — such as a denture or hybrid plate design — you may only need four implants total.
Each of the implants is placed in strategic points of the jaw, so that they bear weight and provide a firm anchor that prevents the denture from slipping. If you’ve heard of an “All on 4” treatment or “implant supported hybrid dentures” this is usually what’s involved.
Removable Stabilized Dentures
If you prefer to have dentures that can still be removed, it’s possible to use just two implants to act as anchors that stabilize the plate during the day. This extra support prevents the need for adhesives or messy pastes, but still allows you to take your denture out for easy care and maintenance.
Are You a Candidate for Implants?
Getting dental implants is an efficient way for adults of all ages to enjoy a healthy smile. They may even be able to place after you’ve had a denture made, retrofitting it to snap over the abutments. Talk to your dentist about the choices available for your needs.
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