One out of every four adults over the age of sixty five have lost all of their teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these people opt for dentures, .
13 Problems With Dentures
- Dentures usually fit properly at first, but the mouth changes as you age. Normal wear and tear take their toll. Eventually, the dentures will need to be relined or replaced. But even quality dentures which fit properly cause issues, both physical and mental.
- The human body is designed to have teeth that are fixed in the jaw. But dentures move around in the mouth.
- Ill-fitting dentures can irritate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation often causes additional health problems.
- Dentures can change a person’s bite which impacts the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. This, in turn, can bring about pain in the face, neck, and head.
- Dentures trap particles of food. This can result in gum disease. Partial dentures can increase the risk of decay in remaining teeth.
- Dentures can make food taste different or mask the taste entirely. This can result in deficient nutrition.
- Some individuals with dentures start eating smaller meals which can lead to weight loss.
- Dentures can take the pleasure out of eating. This can impact emotional health. (Enjoying a meal is often the best part of the day, don’t you agree?)
- Inadequate calorie consumption lowers energy levels. This affects the capacity to work, travel, and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.
- Dentures restrain chewing ability. Many denture wearers stop eating nuts, high-fiber foods, and raw vegetables. All of these are part of a healthy diet.
- Reduced chewing capacity can cause the denture wearer to swallow bigger chunks of food. This can result in digestive problems. It also increases the risk of choking.
- Dentures can interfere with speaking. When speaking ability is restricted, some men and women avoid social situations and are at a greater risk for depression.
- Missing teeth eventually result in bone loss. When the jaw no longer has tooth roots, it shrinks and recedes.
We can explain these issues in detail if you come in for a no-pressure consultation.
Dental Implants Better Than Dentures
Dental implants have been hailed as one of the great advancements in dentistry. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw. A single implant can support one artificial tooth, while multiple, All-on-4 implants can anchor a set of dentures.
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