Periodontal (a word meaning around the tooth) disease is an infection of the gum and is what adversely affects the tissue and bones that surround the teeth.
The bone loss weakens the teeth over time and lowers our ability to eat solid type foods.
A large contributing factor to gum disease is the bacteria caused by improper cleaning. Genetics play a part in this too. In either case the inflammation of the gums caused by harmful bacteria causes bone loss and ultimately tooth loss.
“Bone loss is a common consequence of loss of teeth and chronic periodontitis. In the case of periodontitis, the bacteria gradually eats away at the underlying jawbone and at the periodontal ligaments that connect the tooth to the bone.”
Tooth Loss affects our ability to eat
These factors make eating a more selective process and we tend to eliminate the very foods which could prolong vitality and health as we age.
These foods include nuts, apples, cruciferous vegetables and meats of various kinds as well as several others. Not to mention that we give up the occasional hard to bite into treat on a holiday for fear of losing a tooth! We tend to replace the more solid foods with more carbohydrates such as pasta, white rice and bread, which is proven to detract from health and longevity.
Dentures are one solution and definitely increase the ability to eat compared to no tooth replacement.
Dental Implants are a solution which offer a viable alternative to dentures and actually fully restore the ability to chew any food consistency in almost every case. Quite often patients remark that their teeth are actually stronger after implants than with natural teeth.
These foods would of course be introduced only after the prosthetics are in place and full healing has taken place.
After healing has been accomplished the dental implants easily become a normal part of your life and eating, with little thought to it being a prosthetic. It is actually quite a technological breakthrough and a milestone towards prolonged quality of life.
In general by having teeth that look nice and are healthy and stable, there are many less restrictions with social interaction. It includes smiling freely, no special food arrangements that allow more spontaneous gatherings with friends and family, and more confidence that comes with this. The confidence then promotes further socializing and a happier existence.
Come and discuss your tooth replacement and we can help to determine the best route to take; being mindful of the various factors of time, cost and any degree of pain that could accompany any procedure. The idea is to minimize these while ensuring we give you a long lasting and high quality result! Discover your healthy confident smile! Call us now at 847-685-6686