Do I Need Them On Both Jaws?
While it varies from person to person, most people tend to get implant dentures on their lower jaws. This is because dentures on your lower jaw tend to slip easier than dentures on the upper jaw. With that being said, if your jaws can support implants then there is nothing stopping your from getting implant dentures on both jaws.
Implant dentures are typically secured to your jaw using four dental implants which are optimally placed by your dentist so that the underlying jawbone is stimulated to avoid bone deterioration. A good dentist will be able to determine your individual needs and the optimal position for the dental implants.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
Your dentist will determine if dental implants are right for your by looking at the state of your jawbone and gums, your habits, as well as your overall health. If you are diabetic and have issues managing your blood sugar then your dentist will probably hold off on dental implants until it is under control. Smokers are recommended to quit smoking at least one year prior to the procedure and during the healing process. This is because both smoking and diabetes reduces the amount of blood flow to the gums, prolonging the healing process and increasing the likelihood of the implant failing.
If there is not enough bone to support dental implants, your dentist may recommend a bone graft which will add an additional 8 months to the 3 to 6 month healing period. Other conditions, such as gum disease, will need to be treated before dental implants can be embedded into your jaw.