How Many Dental Implants Should I Need?
It’s good to know that clinics offering dental implants in Richmond and indeed anywhere else in the country are becoming more and more popular. No longer are implants the choice of a select few, but instead with over 10,000 procedures carried out in the UK alone last year, they’re fast becoming main stream. However this doesn’t negate the fact that it is still an expensive procedure. For this reason it’s understandable that for those who have recently experienced missing teeth, one of the first questions they ask when they consider implants is how many do I need?
It goes without saying that one missing tooth would require one implant but what about if you have two or three missing teeth together, or a complete row of missing teeth…how many then? The truth is that there is no definitive answer and the number of replacement implants depends upon the individual in question and a series of underlying factors. Let’s take a look…
The load capacity for the area or gap
The location of the gap influences greatly the number of replacement implants. For example at the rear of the mouth where superior forces are needed for biting and chewing it would be impractical for a mixture of implants and bridges to be fitted as the combination just wouldn’t be strong enough. However if the gap was located at the front of the mouth where not so much pressure is required, then two implants and a centre crown may be the right amount.
The gap size
In areas where there are more than two missing teeth or even complete sections/rows of missing teeth then a patient may have more options open to them. All-on-4 implants are commonly used for endentulous patients (those who have an entire row of missing teeth) and as the name suggests, four implants can be strategically placed along the gap of missing teeth which will then support a fully loaded arch prosthesis running along the length of the row. This negates the need for excessive dental implants. In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we regularly use All-On-4 implants for those patients with large expanses of missing teeth.
Bone quality width and height
If there are many adjacent teeth missing then a patient may well need 6 or 8 implants. However this figure depends on the bone quality, width and height. If there is adequate bone per se, then six implants may suffice. However if there is insufficient bone or the density just isn’t there then your dentist may well opt for mini implants that need less bone space to attach to. This being the case then 8 implants would be the preferred amount, rather than just 6.
Finally for those who grind their teeth either knowingly or unknowingly (and your dentist should be able to tell) it’s necessary to opt for more implants rather than less due to constant wear and tear on your teeth..
If you want to find out more about dental implants in Richmond then contact Sheen Dental. It’s a great opportunity to come and meet the team and get any questions answered that you need before you take the plunge. Call us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to book your free consultation today.