Statement of problem. Implant-supported overdentures (ISOs) are considered a good alternative to conventional removable dentures. However, varying rates of failure have been reported in some clinical studies. Excessive stress on surrounding tissues is one of the possible causes of implant failure. As stress is transmitted to the bone through the implant, careful planning, correct number of implants, and implant positioning are keys to ensuring appropriate stress distribution. However, research of the optimal number of implants necessary to support a maxillary ISO is insufficient.