I have an Overdenture on Implants. Can I have fixed teeth Instead?


I have an overdenture on implants.  Can I have fixed teeth instead?


In most cases, yes.  You can redesign your case to be “fixed” instead of removable and at the same time get rid of some of the acrylic covering the palate and extending around your gums that was necessary to obtain a good seal when your work was removable.

If your overdenture was done with the minimum number of implants, you will need to have additional implants placed.  For fixed teeth the minimum  accepted number of implants needed in  the mandible is six, and eight  in the maxilla.

If  you discussed this with your dentist as a posibility and the implants were placed with that contingency in mind, it will be easier.  If not, the work can still be done, but the position of the implants may create difficulties in designing the teeth.

Talk to your dentist about the details of your particular case.

Carlos Boudet, DDS, DICOI
Dentist in West Palm Beach

About Carlos Boudet, DDS, DICOI

Dr. Boudet is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia. After graduating with a DDS degree in 1980, he became a commissioned officer for the United States Public Health Service. When his tour of duty ended in 1982 he received an award for outstanding service. He was asked to serve as Dental Director for Florida Community Heath Centers, supervise the operation of four dental clinics around lake Okeechobee. He established his dental practice in West Palm Beach in 1983 and has been in the same location for 30 years. He is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a member of the Central Palm Beach County Dental Society and a chairman of the Advanced Crown and Bridge course of the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic. His articles on prosthodontics and implants have been published in several popular dental magazines.


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