Five Implants to Retain Overdenture: Should I Do a Ridge Augmentation Also?

Last Updated July 12, 2010

Dr. FK asks:
I have a patient who needs a maxillary overdenture that is implant retained and tissue born [RP5]. One problem that I noted on the mounted diagnostic casts was that the maxillary left alveolar ridge is about 5mm apical to the right alveolar ridge. I am planning on having my surgeon place 5 implants in the anterior maxilla to retain the overdenture. My question is should he also do an alveolar ridge augmentation on the left side so that the right and left sides are at the same occlusogingival level? Or will the overdenture work just fine if he just places the implants on the alveolar ridges as they are with the different heights?

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