Most of our patients don’t like to think about it, but there may very well come a day when they need to consider replacing all of their natural teeth with a long-term, fully functioning set of teeth. The high rate of gum disease in the United States is just one factor driving more and more people to need this ultimate replacement.
One in four adults over the age of 65 have already made the switch to false teeth. That number only continues to grow as people age. It’s a shame because your natural teeth do have the ability to last your entire life, but our bad habits make it difficult for the teeth to hang on.
Once those teeth are out, you have to find a replacement that will work well in your mouth for the rest of your life. While dentures have long been the restoration of choice, they are not the only option any longer. Dental implants can change the way you view your teeth replacement, so let’s take a closer look!
The Popular Denture Restoration
Dentures have been the choice for full arch replacement since 700 BC. In the beginning. people used animal teeth and bone to create sets of false teeth. Why? Because they had to have some way to chew! Without teeth, survival becomes very difficult, especially in a time before processed foods.
Since then, the concept has been the same: create an arch that will hold false teeth. Keep the arch in your mouth and use the false teeth to chew as well as you can! It works pretty well in a pinch, but dentures are definitely not the best solution for missing teeth.
Concern from the Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic recently completed studies that found that people who wear dentures lose about 10 years of life! This is a major concern, especially when you consider how many people are wearing dentures. What causes this shortening of life expectancy? Lack of nutrition.
You see, dentures can chew, but they only maintain about 15-20% of the bite strength you had with your natural teeth. That means that dentures are very limited in what they can chew. You aren’t going to be able to eat crunchy apples, carrots, or broccoli. Instead, you are going to turn to what you can eat: pastas, soft fruits, vegetables cooked to softness. In other words, you are stuck with a diet that is full of empty calories and very little nutritional value.
Full Dental Implants Are Not For Everyone
The best option to replace your natural teeth is something that actually mirrors the look and feel of natural teeth: dental implants. Ideally, we would place dental implants around your arch and create a full set of replacement teeth that are not removable from your mouth. You would simply care for these replacement teeth in the same way you cared for your natural teeth!
While this solution is ideal, it is not for everyone! Replacing natural teeth that way can be costly, and not everyone has the ability to make that type of investment. On the other hand, choosing the least expensive option (cheap dentures) is going to put your health at risk.
A Hybrid Solution
One of the newest developments in dentistry in the past several years has been in hybrid denture-dental implant solutions. Rather than choosing one or the other, we can combine the two into a solution that gives you the best of both worlds. You can have dental implants placed strategically around your mouth that will connect with your dentures to create a stable, comfortable tooth replacement.
Eat the Foods You Love – With this solution, you can eat the foods you want to eat: healthy, nutritious fruits and vegetables that strengthen your body.
Have Better Nutrition – With a balance of vitamins and minerals, your body will be able to fight against disease and infection. Your bones and organs will be strong and capable of living stronger and better!
Enjoy Life – Your teeth will be stable and comfortable, which will help you feel more confident and at ease as you eat and spend time with your friends and family!
Learn More at a Consultation Today!
Are you ready to find a better solution for your dentures without spending a fortune? Contact our office today to set up an appointment for a consultation or exam. We would love to help you find a better way to replace your teeth for the rest of your life! Call soon!