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Dental Implants Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Implants - Dentures: I recently had all my upper teeth extracted with the exception of two implants.

Can I use the implants as anchors for the dentures (the impants are on each side)?

How is this done and are the dentures permanently attached? How successful has this procedure been? ...Visitor from NJ DC

Answer:
You can probably use the implants to support a denture, but would most likely need a third implant in the center to form a tripod, or maybe 2 more - 1 on each side.

You can also have permanent implant teeth, but this usually requires 6 implants and then a metal framework that attaches to the implants and a denture that clips onto the framework.

It is also possible to replace all teeth with implants (more implants would be necessary). Also, you can have a denture that attaches to the implants with no coverage of your palate (palateless denture). The possibilities are many and varied. Try to work with a dentist who has experience with implant dentures. Let him show you the possibilities and how many implants each would require.

Good luck with this. Implant supported dentures can be very comfortable and stable.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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