Progressive Bone Loss in Jaw, Leading to:
- Diminished denture stability over time
- Reduced ability to place dental implants successfully
- Prematurely aged appearance
- Compromised nutrition
Many people with dentures avoid certain foods — such as raw foods, chewy or sticky foods and anything hard — because they are too difficult or painful to eat. Studies have shown that people with dentures do not chew their food properly and swallow larger bits of food. Not only does this diminish one’s enjoyment of food, but it also puts a greater burden on the digestive system.
The bone underneath traditional dentures also continue to atrophy and shrink. This becomes a greater problem that affects the stability and looseness of the denture the longer the teeth are missing. As the bone atrophies, the denture can begin to put pressure on critical structures in the mouth such as muscle attachments and nerves, making them uncomfortable to eat with. Bone loss continues with or without dentures, so as time goes on, dentures become more and more difficult, while the person prematurely ages in the jaw. Worse still, dentures actually accelerate bone loss as they apply pressure.
Millions of people around the world are missing enough teeth to require a denture. Many struggle with loose or poor-fitting dentures. If you have this problem, you already know the embarrassment of slipping dentures, not being able to eat the foods you love and problems with messy denture adhesives. Ask your dentist how to restore and maintain your natural smile with TeethXpress from BioHorizons.