Missing Teeth Causes Bone Loss, And More Problems

added on: April 7, 2013

Tooth loss has many frustrations. Denture wearers often endure discomfort, reduced confidence, decreased ability to chew and enjoy foods, and daily inconvenience.  While many acknowledge these ordeals as normal, they are often unaware of an underlying occurrence taking place … bone loss.  Bone loss has an even greater impact to one’s life, contributing to deep wrinkling and sunken-in appearance around the mouth, a pointed chin, jowls, and severe reduction in biting strength.

When tooth roots are missing, the jaw bone begins to shrink, or “resorb.”  This resorption continues and is even accelerated by the pressure of wearing dentures. An indicator of bone loss is the change in the fit of your denture. Dentures that once fit securely will eventually loosen due to the change in the bone underneath the gum.

As the bone shrinks, the ridge under the denture slowly flattens out. Over time, the denture has less of a foundation, decreasing the ability to bite and chew comfortably. The biting strength of natural teeth is 250 pounds.  The average denture wearer bites with 5 to 6 pounds.

Emotional repercussions are equally as severe.  In addition to a decrease in self-esteem and self-confidence, denture wearers tend to unplug from society, don’t look at people in the face, smile and laugh less, don’t leave home often, wear no make-up, and eat out rarely.

Dental Implants recreate the presence of tooth roots, halting bone loss and restoring the strength of your bite. There are many types of implants, which are designed to accommodate individual needs.  For those who have already lost a great deal of bone, procedures can actually rebuild the bone to a healthy depth.

Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime. When properly selected, placed, and cared for, they will bring you as much pleasure and satisfaction as natural teeth. They restore chewing stability, speaking and laughing confidence, and a flattering appearance.

To discuss your options in tooth replacement, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange a free consultation appointment.

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