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How Many Implants Are Needed For Full Mouth Tooth Replacement?

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When you are in need of a full mouth tooth replacement, you may have questions, one of which being how many implants exactly will be needed. Undergoing a full mouth replacement is different from receiving a single dental implant. When you are having entire rows of teeth replaced, your surgeon can utilize alternative methods to lessen the amount of direct implants being placed into your gums. 

The exact answer depends on the person, the surgeon, and the method used to replace the missing teeth. For a better understanding of the different options, Union City Oral Surgery Group has put together a guide on the pros and cons of different popular implant procedures. We have proudly served our community with minimally invasive surgical techniques and a state-of-the-art facility for years now, and we would love to do the same for you. 

Different Implant Methods For Full Mouth Restoration

There are many different methods when it comes to restoring the natural look and function of missing teeth. Depending on the original cause of the avulsion—whether it be a facial trauma, gum disease, or congenital disease—one method may be more beneficial to you than the others. It may also just boil down to your general preference of one option. Your oral surgeon can help talk you through the various methods, two of the most common including:

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are one of the most common and cost-effective ways to aid in a full mouth restoration. When you are in need of replacing all of your teeth, implant-supported dentures allow you to do so with only four to eight implants total. This is two to four implants on both the lower and upper rows of your mouth. Implant-supported dentures are different from traditional dentures in that they do not stick to your gums based on suction. These clip directly into your implants, meaning an increased sturdiness. 

As opposed to alternative dentures, you are more easily able to replicate the bite and feel of your natural teeth. This does not put as many limitations on your eating and biting habits as regular dentures do. 


The All-on-4 procedure is exactly what it sounds like. Four implants will be used to lock in a new set of caps, or fixed teeth. The implants are placed differently than usual, with a 45-degree angle used to increase the stability of the implants and target a region of the jaw with a higher bone density. This is great for patients who have lost their teeth due to gum disease and have experienced severe losses in bone density. 

The All-on-4 is used to complete full rows of teeth. The main difference between this procedure and implant-supported dentures is the permanent feel of an All-on-4 procedure. These new teeth are not removable and can be treated exactly in the same fashion you would your natural teeth. As they do not need to snap in and out of the mouth constantly, they are also made of a thinner, more natural material. 

Discuss Your Options With a Qualified Oral Surgeon Today

Needing a full mouth tooth replacement is a big deal, and you deserve to work with a qualified, efficient, and compassionate oral surgeon. Trust is a big factor when it comes to undergoing multiple procedures, and Union City Oral Surgery Group is here to provide just that. We understand the inherently sensitive nature of needing restorative dentistry work done, and are here as a resource to help answer your questions and address any concerns. With access to a top-notch facility and the most up-to-date equipment available, we can guarantee a painless and exciting experience. 

To discuss your options with a qualified oral surgeon today, please call our number at (908) 663-5309 or use our contact form to schedule an appointment.