Tooth loss is a devastating condition, emotionally and physically. If you’ve lost all your teeth, it’s difficult to speak and eat, you don’t want to smile, and dentures can be awkward and ill-fitting. But the health consequences can be more significant than you might imagine.
A study of 367 denture wearers (158 men and 209 women) found that 47% exhibited a low chewing performance. Lower intakes of fruit and vegetables and vitamin A were also noted in this group. These patients took significantly more drugs (37%) compared to those with superior chewing ability (20%), and 28% were taking medications for stomach or intestinal disorders.
Dental implants are crowns that are fixed to titanium supports that replace the root of the tooth. They’re a superior alternative to dentures for several reasons:
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.
- Improved speech and eating. Dental implants allow you to speak and eat without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Easier eating. Dental implants allow you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and improve your overall health with the ability to eat fruits and vegetables.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Durability. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.