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All the common forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges or dentures can be replaced by dental implants. If you are missing just one natural tooth, then one dental implant is normally all that will be needed to provide a replacement. Larger spaces created by two, three or more missing teeth do not necessarily need one dental implant per tooth, however the exact number of implants will depend upon the quality and volume of bone at each potential dental implant site.

Occasionally, it is even possible to join natural teeth to implants with a conventional bridge thus saving the expense of an additional implant.

In the upper jaw, bone density is generally poorer than in the lower and if you have no teeth at all, most treatment providers will want to place a minimum of 8 implants to support a complete arch of 12 or more replacement teeth. In the lower jaw, the bone towards the front of the mouth is often very strong and as a direct result, fewer dental implants may be needed than are required to treat a whole upper jaw.

See the following case studies for an example:

Case Study – Branemark Implants

After suffering from gum disease at the age of 45 our client lost all her teeth and she was not ready to wear dentures for the rest of her life. …

Case Study – Full mouth reconstruction

Unhappy with his worn down and discoloured teeth our client opted for a full mouth makeover with long lasting metal free zircon crowns.
Treatment: Ultrasonic polish & clean
24 Zircon metal …