Tooth Loss NOT Natural Part Of Aging

Posted on Oct 08, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

Your natural teeth are designed to last as long as you do, with proper care. It is a fact 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.

When natural tooth roots no longer exist in the jaw bone, the bone begins to shrink in depth and height. The discomfort, inconvenience, and embarrassment experienced by most denture or partial wearers is due to this shrinking bone foundation. Denture adhesives only lessen the amount of movement for brief periods. When eating becomes difficult, people 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. This causes denture wearers to look far older than their actual age.

Because Dental Implants are held by the jaw bone, they help to halt the bone loss that dentures and partials actually accelerate. Another benefit is how Dental Implants are ‘self-supporting’ so it is not necessary to crown an otherwise healthy, adjacent tooth to serve as a support for a bridge. With proper maintenance, they will provide as much pleasure and satisfaction as natural teeth.

If you are interested in replacing a denture or partial, contact us at (828) 274-7440 for more information on Dental Implants.

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