If you’re missing just one tooth, then you may be aware that dental implants in Kirkland are an option for replacing it. However, if you’re missing all of your teeth, then you may wonder whether dental implants are an option for you. Can dental implants replace all of the teeth?
The answer is yes, dental implants can be used to replace an entire set of missing teeth. However, this doesn’t involve placing 28 implants (one for each tooth that needs to be replaced). The size of dental implants would make this difficult, as the different implants might crowd each other. Additionally, it’s not necessary to use so many implants.
Instead, several implants placed into the jaw are used to support a full denture, which is known as an “implant-supported denture.” The minimum number of implants needed is four, although most dentists prefer to use a few more. (The procedure is sometimes known as “All-on-4” because all of the artificial teeth are supported on four implants.) The more implants used, the more stability the denture will have. Additionally, with more implants, there’s less force placed on each one, increasing the chances of long-term success of the procedure.
Implant supported dentures can be used in the upper jaw or in the lower jaw. In general, more implants are required in the upper jaw than in the lower jaw. This is because the bone of the upper jaw is generally less dense than that of the lower jaw. Additionally, the presence of the sinuses above the upper jaw limits the length of dental implants; since each implant is shorter, it’s necessary to use more of them to ensure stability. A minimum of six implants are required in the upper jaw.
Some patients who have lost all of their natural teeth choose an implant-supported denture in the lower jaw and a traditional denture in the upper jaw. Others choose implant-supported dentures in both jaws.
If you’ve lost many or all of your natural teeth, then you’re likely considering this option for replacing them. To decide whether implant-supported dentures are right for you, you’ll need personalized professional advice from a dentist trained in the placement of dental implants in Kirkland. Dr. Mark Caggiano of Seattle’s Best Smiles can provide you with top-notch expert advice on this topic. If you’re considering implant-supported dentures in Kirkland, please contact our office to book your appointment with Dr. Caggiano.
For over 25 years, Dr. Mark Caggiano, DDS has provided cosmetic and restorative dentistry in a comfortable, professional environment. Dr. Caggiano received a degree in Biology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Southern California. He has had extensive post-graduate training and is a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Dental Association and The International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Caggiano makes dental treatment relaxed and comfortable for patients while enhancing their oral health and beautifying their smiles.