Dentures, also called dental plates, are artificial teeth on a removable frame.  They replace missing natural teeth and are suitable for the upper or lower jaws.  Full dentures take the place of all teeth.  Partials replace just missing teeth, fitting around the remaining ones.

Significant tooth loss may come about because of periodontal (gum) disease, genetic predisposition, poor home oral hygiene, diseases such as diabetes, medications causing bone loss and dry mouth, or trauma and accidents.

In the past, dentures were formed of metal and resins, making them obvious, heavy and uncomfortable.  They relied on underlying bone structure and gums for support.  Without teeth and with unusual pressure from the denture, the bone would gradually shrink, resulting in a loose fit.

Fortunately, there has been much progress in denture technology.  Dentures are now made of plastic materials (metal-free) that are strong, flexible, and aesthetic.  The fit is light and comfortable.

Dr. Tamer Shalaby and his team have the training and experience to make dentures even more reliable by using dental implants to hold them securely.

As shown below, dental function and capacity is dramatically improved using implant technology to stabilize dentures.

Chewing Efficiency

Oral Situation

100%

Full set of natural teeth.

70%

Full set of dentures supported by 4 implants.

50%

Full set of dentures supported by just 2 implants.

20%

Full set of traditional dentures (no implants).

Implant-supported dentures eliminate most common complaints of denture-wearers.

  • Less chance of irritated gums, since plates won’t slide or rub on the gums.
  • You won’t need denture adhesives.
  • The plate doesn’t cover the palate, so speech and taste are not affected and it feels more natural.
  • You can be healthier by eating a normal diet and tasting your food.
  • Implant-supported dentures provide more natural stimulation of the bone, resulting in less bone loss, and less impact to facial appearance and speech.

Teeth are essential for chewing hard food such as vegetables and nuts. People with dentures tend to change their eating habits because the dentures will not allow them to chew normally. Proper nutrition is important especially as we get older.

As mentioned in the table above, having no teeth or implants to support the denture only provides you with 20% of your chewing capacity, compared to someone who has all their teeth at 100% chewing capacity.

If we place 2 implants only, you are able to utilize 50% of your chewing capacity. If we place 4 implants we are up to 70%. The more implants we place they closer you get to 100%.

Talk with the professionals at Bristol Dental about dentures designed and fabricated for a perfect fit and match.  We’ll help you smile, eat, and feel confident again. We help people like their dentures.