Everything You Need to Know About Upper Dental Implants


Upper dental implants are a successful and enduring remedy for rebuilding teeth but they come with their challenges and nuances. This is due to the unique anatomy of the jaw system and the porosity of the maxillary bone.

Regardless of its origin, tooth loss presents a significant issue. Even the absence of a single tooth can result in adverse effects, including hindered chewing abilities, jaw bone atrophy, facial structure alterations, and speech difficulties. Promptly addressing lost upper teeth is crucial, particularly since they are typically noticeable during smiling and conversation. Remember that the reconstruction of upper teeth is a nuanced and specialized endeavor that should not be postponed.

In What Cases Are Upper Dental Implants Needed?

The anatomical structure of the upper jaw is noticeably varied from the lower one: microvessels and capillaries in the spongy layer take up more space, and bone tissue is less dense, and more porous, which leads to differences in the choice of options and the time of their integration.

Installation of dental implants for upper dentures is recommended in the following cases:

  • Loss of teeth due to injury, dental disease or other reasons. Without treatment, this can have a very negative impact on life and well-being.
  • Misalignment of the bite that occurs after the loss of teeth.
  • Support adjacent teeth to prevent displacement of adjacent dental units.
  • Restoring smile aesthetics.
  • Support of facial bones after injury or due to congenital deformity.

Dental implantation provides many benefits, including eliminating the risk of tooth loss, preserving the health of neighboring teeth due to the absence of the need to grind them down, and preventing the development of periodontitis by preserving the jawbone. In addition, it is possible to install full upper implants immediately after tooth extraction. This can help solve several problems at the same time, as well as give a natural looking crown and identical functionality to a healthy tooth. The increased availability of this procedure, as well as the long service life of implant crowns, plays a key role.

Types of Upper Dental Implants

The requirements for the appearance of the front teeth, especially in a smile, are very high. New teeth should look natural and attractive and not stand out from the general appearance. Therefore, during examination and diagnosis, the dentist NYC pays attention to the shape of the gums to create an even contour. In addition, suitable crowns are selected – for the front teeth, zirconium or all-ceramic options are recommended, which have a natural appearance and high strength. Also, the alveolar ridge must have sufficient thickness to securely fix the implant and avoid damage to surrounding tissues.

As for chewing teeth, the requirements for choosing the type of full upper dental implants are lower. Since the back teeth are not visible when smiling, metal ceramics, full ceramics or zirconium can be used here. Upper implants are chosen to be larger, two-piece models that are strong and long to withstand high pressure. For fastening, specialists can use cement or screw fastening. It is important to consider the body’s tolerance of materials when choosing a crown for upper bridge teeth. If the patient has an allergy to metal, inflammation or irritation of the mucous membrane, it is recommended to choose zirconium or ceramics. These materials are biocompatible and safe for health.

Even if the patient is completely missing teeth in the upper jaw or has multiple missing teeth, he can still restore his smile without additional costs, optimizing the budget. In case of complete atrophy of the dental arch, full top dental implants are used for restoration. When choosing a design, you should take into account the service life and reliability of fixation.

Features of Installing Implants on the Upper Jaw

The location of lost teeth determines the specifics of the process of their implantation. To restore the front teeth, high aesthetics of the structure is important so that the result looks natural and matches the rest of the teeth.

The lateral teeth require special attention to strength since they are actively used when chewing food. Upper jaw implants for such teeth must be able to withstand significant loads and be securely fixed in the jaw bone. In cases of complete edentia, when all the teeth in the upper jaw are missing, it is important to achieve a balance between aesthetics and strength. Upper arch dental implants provide reliable fixation and a natural appearance, making them the best solution for restoring dentition.

However, such a procedure may be complicated by certain anatomical features. In particular, the limited mobility of the upper jaw relative to other bones of the skull, the close location of the maxillary sinuses, as well as the proximity of the infraorbital foramina through which the nerves pass make this procedure very difficult.

The installation of full top dental implants in the upper jaw is a complex process that requires a careful approach at every stage. Incorrect techniques can cause various problems, such as damage to the nasal sinuses, inflammatory processes in the maxillary sinuses and other unpleasant consequences. Many people are interested in the cost of such a procedure. Each case is individual and depends not only on the complexity of the operation but also on the experience of the specialist.

Article Approved by:

Divya Bhandari Hygienist, RDH