If you struggle to eat nutrient-rich foods with a denture, dental implants may help

Many people with missing teeth suffer from the challenge of chewing a variety of nutrient-rich foods. Even when missing teeth have been replaced with a partial denture or full denture plate, these types of prostheses can still be extremely difficult to eat with. If you find yourself under similar circumstances and, as a consequence, you are forced to eliminate several nutrient-rich foods from your diet, dental implants may be a solution to your problem.

Longevity is related to your nutritional intake

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Figure 1: An upper set of teeth replaced with a loose removable denture.

Raw fruits and vegetables like apples, mangoes, carrots and celery are all rich in nutritional value. Their abundance of vitamins, minerals, anti-inflammatory properties, dietary fibers and complex carbohydrates have proven beneficial for the management of several health conditions. Diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers and elevated cholesterol levels may be mitigated or alleviated with the aid of nutrition.

But many healthy foods have a dense texture. Chewing healthy foods with a removable denture (Figure 1) can be difficult, if not impossible. This speaks to why the limited effectiveness of a denture can negatively impact your health. A 2011 study determined that denture wearers have a 30-percent increased chance of morbidity when compared with people who have 20 teeth or more.

If your diet is compromised by your inability to properly chew nutrient-rich foods, your health may suffer. It may be in your best interest to speak with a registered dietitian (RD) for advice.

An RD can offer you helpful hints on how to achieve a balanced diet in spite of a loose denture. This may involve vitamin supplements, methods for juicing fresh fruits and vegetables, and seeking alternative sources of protein and fiber. A poorly functioning denture may not allow you to achieve a balanced diet through the natural process of chewing foods. To locate an RD in your area, consider visiting the Eat Right - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Dental implants can stabilize your loose denture & allow for a nutrient-rich diet

Seeking the immediate advice of an RD is highly recommended if your denture functions poorly. If the ultimate goal is to eat from a variety of food choices without limits, dental implants can help you achieve this goal.

As evidenced by Figure 2, a complete set of denture teeth can be anchored by four to six dental implants. This denture, supported by implants, makes it possible to eat apples, carrots, steak and so many other food choices. Even nuts can be enjoyed with no movement of the denture teeth, when the denture teeth are supported by implants.

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Figure 2: An upper set of teeth stabilized by six dental implants.

It is impossible to achieve this level of stability with a regular denture that rests on top of the gums. A regular denture is simply not stable enough and may cause jawbone loss. But a denture that is locked on top of implants make it possible to regain greater chewing ability of all food types, with virtually no limits. This allows for a healthy diet that supports a healthy and long life.

If you need a local dentist for an implant consultation, click here to locate a Certified TeethXpress Provider. Schedule a consultation and find out if it’s possible to stabilize your denture with dental implants.