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How many teeth can a dental implant support?

Many types of tooth replacement, including crowns, bridges and dentures can be replaced by and supported by dental implants.

Single tooth implant

If you have one missing or failing tooth, then a single dental implant is needed to provide a replacement.

Multiple teeth dental implants

Larger spaces of two or more missing teeth do not always need one implant per tooth, the number of implants needed is determined by the volume of bone at the location where an implant is to be placed.

In the upper jaw, bone volume is generally poorer, so more dental implants than the lower arch are usually required.  In the lower jaw, there is usually good bone density, so fewer implants than the upper arch are needed.

Dental implant bridge examples:

  • A gap of three missing teeth anywhere in the mouth typically results in two dental implants supporting a three tooth bridge.
  • A gap of four missing teeth at the front of the mouth typically results in two dental implants supporting a four tooth bridge.
  • A gap of four missing teeth at the back of the mouth typically results in three dental implants supporting a four tooth bridge.

Full jaw dental implant treatments – detachable bridges / Overdentures

A full jaw detachable bridge treatment typically requires four dental implants in the upper arch and two to four dental implants in the lower arch.

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Full jaw dental implant treatments – fixed bridges

A full jaw fixed bridge treatment typically requires six to eight dental implants in the upper arch and four to six dental implants in the lower arch.

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