Nature has provided tooth supporting bone for the
years when teeth are present. When teeth are lost, the tooth supporting bone degenerates.
Nature takes away what you do not use! The bone under the gums "shrinks" and
dentures get loose. Dental implants, when properly placed and maintained, provide
excellent bone support so that the bone tends to be preserved since it is still being
A patient with all his or her natural teeth in a healthy, well maintained and functionally
accurate condition can chew at 10 percent efficiency. With every tooth lost the amount of
chewing efficiency decreases depending on whether or not the teeth are replaced and how.
Ultimately, if all teeth are lost, you will have perhaps a 15 to 18 percent chewing
efficiency (with good - fitting dentures on adequate bone ridges).
With implants and nonremovable bridge work you could obtain as high as a 95 percent