Losing Teeth In Old Age Is NOT To Be Expected

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

With proper care, your natural teeth are designed to last your lifetime. And it is important that you do everything possible to keep your natural teeth.

It has been shown that denture wearers take more medications and have more gastrointestinal problems than those with their natural teeth. It should also be noted that denture wearers die ten years sooner, on average, than those who have their natural teeth.

The discomfort, inconvenience, and embarrassment experienced by most denture or partial wearers is due to a shrinking bone foundation. When natural tooth roots no longer exist in the jaw bone, the bone begins to shrink in depth and height. While denture adhesives may lessen the amount of movement for brief periods, difficulty when eating forces many people to resort to a diet of soft foods that dissolve easily in the mouth.

Bone loss also causes changes in one’s facial appearance, including deep wrinkling and a sunken-in appearance of the mouth. The corners of the mouth turn downward, even in a smile. Jowls form when facial muscles detach from the declining mass of jaw bone. This causes denture wearers to look far older than their actual age.

Because Dental Implants are held by the jaw, just as natural tooth roots, they halt the bone loss that dentures and partials actually accelerate. Another benefit is that Dental Implants are ‘self-supporting’ so it is not necessary to crown otherwise healthy, adjacent teeth to serve as a support for a bridge.

With proper selection and placement by an experienced Doctor, Dental Implants will provide as much pleasure and satisfaction as natural teeth. To discuss replacing a denture or partial, call 828-274-9440 to arrange a consultation appointment.

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