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Is a Dental Implant Required For Each Missing Tooth?
6th March 2012
I am having all my remaining teeth extracted - do I need to have 1 implant placed for every missing tooth?
Thank you for submitting your 'Ask the Expert' question.
You don't need an implant to replace each of your missing teeth, particularly in a case where there are no teeth remaining. One dental implant can support two or more replacement teeth.
Although we naturally have 16 teeth on each jaw, including wisdom teeth, only 12 teeth are required on each arch (jaw) to restore a patient's complete chewing ability, and 12 teeth can be supported successfully on between 6 and 8 implants.
If you prefer fixed bridge restorations of both the upper and lower arch (the closest thing to natural teeth) then in most cases only 12 to 14 implants would be required to support the bridges for both arches, the exact number depending on a patient's bone quality.
Complete restoration of the lower arch can cost as little as £7,900.00 and £16,900.00 for both arches at DentalcarePlus Dental Implant Centres, whereas the average UK fee for complete upper and lower arch restoration with porcelain fixed bridges on implants is approximately £28,000.00.
The saving by using DentalcarePlus is therefore over £11,000 (40% less than the average UK cost).
Acrylic bridges fixed to implants, but removable by the patient for cleaning, require only 2 to 4 implants to support them, (the number again depending on bone quality) and these cost just .
The cost of each replaced tooth is therefore below £300.
I hope this answers your question. If however you require more clarification please call our FREE Information Line on 0800 452 2183.