According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no remaining teeth. Many men and women with missing teeth or no teeth at all choose dentures. This is understandable. It’s challenging to eat and speak with no teeth in the mouth. And a toothless mouth is not an attractive look for anyone.
13 Problems With Dentures
1. 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 that fit properly cause issues, both physical and mental.
2. The human body is designed to have teeth that are anchored in the jaw. But dentures move around in the mouth.
3. Ill-fitting dentures can irritate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation often causes additional health conditions.
4. 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.
5. Dentures trap bits of food. This can result in gum disease. Partial dentures can increase the risk of decay in the remaining teeth.
6. Dentures can make food taste different or mask the taste entirely. This can result in inadequate nutrition.
7. Some individuals with dentures start eating smaller meals which can lead to weight loss.
8. Dentures can take pleasure out of eating. This can affect emotional health. (Enjoying a meal is often the best part of the day, don’t you agree?)
9. Inadequate calorie consumption lowers energy levels. This influences the power to work, travel, and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.
If you are retired, you should be able to enjoy your golden years to the fullest. If you are working, you should be able to enjoy your career to the fullest.
10. Dentures hobble chewing capacity. Many denture wearers stop eating nuts, high-fiber foods, and raw vegetables. All of these are part of a healthy diet.
11. Reduced chewing power can cause the denture wearer to swallow bigger chunks of food. This often causes digestive problems. It also increases the risk of choking.
12. Dentures can interfere with speaking. When speaking ability is diminished, some people avoid social situations and are at a greater risk for depression.
13. Missing teeth eventually result in bone loss. When the jaw no longer has tooth roots, it shrinks and recedes.
We can explain these conditions in detail if you come in for a no-pressure consultation.
Dental Implants Prevent (All Of!) These Problems
Since this is the blog for the best tooth implant in Phoenix, you know where this article is going. It may sound far-fetched, but dental implants can enable you to avert each one of these health ailments. The wonders of modern dentistry!
Can you place a value on physical and mental well-being?
Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris.