If you are currently looking for a solution to replace your lost teeth, you are not alone. According to research, at least six percent of adults have no natural teeth in their mouth. In the age group of fifty-five to sixty-five years, thirteen percent do not have natural teeth. This percentage is even higher for people over sixty-five, and twenty-five percent have been reported for this group. These categories require a full teeth replacement.
Apart from this category, others have lost one to half of their teeth. For this reason, they may replace their teeth with removable dentures.
If you ask anyone who uses removable dentures about their problems, they will mention the following:
Not being comfortable
Food accumulation under dentures
Change in taste and speech
Movement of prostheses when eating or talking,
Caries of remaining natural teeth due to accumulation of nutrients under the denture
Inability to Chew Solid Food
Generally, the greater the number of missing teeth and the longer the teeth’ absence, the greater the likelihood of these problems occurring. If there are several teeth in the missing tooth area, using a bridge is the best solution. But in the absence of all teeth, a full teeth replacement or using dentures is recommended.
Dentures can cause long-term problems such as bone resorption, facial and jaw changes, and gum problems. So, the use of a full teeth replacement is recommended. This method, along with all the benefits, maintains the natural appearance of the person’s face.
Full Teeth Repalcement: Required Number
You will need to get enough dental implants to support the replacement of teeth and roots. The number of dental implants can also be based on the density of your oral bone. The bones of the mandibular front teeth are the densest, and the maxillary posterior teeth’ bones are of the worst quality.
For a full teeth replacement, you need at least four dental implants in each arch. Numerous factors should be considered, such as the type and number of replacement teeth, habits such as gnashing and locking teeth, age, bone density, and so on.
Most dentists recommend seven to eight maxillary implants and five to seven mandibular implants for a full teeth replacement.
Sometimes, in order to save the overall cost of the dental implant, we can use four dental implant bases per jaw. This method minimizes the number of dental implants and the need for bone grafts. However, in this method, if one of the dental implants fails, the probability of other dental implants’ failure is also high. On the other hand, it is not possible to use this method for all people.
Generally, the most reliable method is to use six dental implants in the mandible and eight in the maxilla. This allows the installation of three separate bridges on the mandible and four separate bridges on the maxilla. In this way, failure in one place does not cause problems for other places, ultimately saving time, inconvenience, and money.