Let’s face it; a toothless mouth is not an attractive look for most any adult. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 percent of adults over 65 have no natural teeth. Many individuals with missing teeth or no teeth at all choose dentures.. While dentures may be a viable option for many, they also come with their share of problems. Our team at Kevin Bass DMD can help you decide which option is best for you, as we provide optimal family and cosmetic dentistry care in the Lansdale area.
Here are some common problems with dentures that you should factor into your decision:
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 which 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 aggravate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation contributes to additional health ailments.
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 fragments of food. This can result in gum disease. Partial dentures can increase the risk of decay in remaining teeth.
6. Dentures can make food taste different or mask the taste entirely. This can cause insufficient nutrition.
7. Some men and women with dentures start eating smaller meals which can lead to weight loss.
8. Dentures can take the pleasure out of eating. This can affect emotional health. Wouldn’t you agree that enjoying a meal is one of the many pleasures of life?
9. Inadequate calorie consumption lowers energy levels, which may affect your ability to work, travel, and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.
10. Dentures restrict chewing ability; many denture wearers stop eating nuts, high-fiber foods, and raw vegetables, all of which are part of a healthy diet.
11. Reduced chewing capacity can cause the denture wearer to swallow bigger chunks of food, causing digestive problems; it also increases the risk of choking.
12. Dentures may interfere with speaking, causing some people to avoid social situations which can lead to depression.
13. Missing teeth eventually lead to bone loss; when the jaw no longer has tooth roots, it shrinks and recedes.
It may sound far-fetched, but you should know that dental implants prevent all of these problems. They are one of the many wonders of modern dentistry that you should consider as an alternative to dentures. Dental implants are tiny metal rods placed into your jawbone to you a “new” tooth root. We place a porcelain crown on each of the dental implants. Also keep in mind that dental implants can also be used to secure a dental bridge or dental implants supported dentures.
Dental implants may be the best investment you ever make into your oral health. Call us today at Kevin Bass DMD, the home of exceptional family and cosmetic dentistry care in the Lansdale area, to schedule a no-pressure consultation.