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Dentures Lead to Bone Loss
Did you know that when you lose your teeth you begin to lose bone mass in your jaw. This process is called resorption and it occurs when there is no longer a natural tooth root creating stimulation to the jaw bone. Dental implants actually help to stimulate bone growth. Dental implants are made of titanium which is completely biocompatible with bone and attracts the growth of bone cells.
Dentures have the opposite effect. Initially, many denture wearers say that the dentures fit will, but after a few years the dentures begin to slip and feel lose. This is typically due to bone loss. One year after the extraction of teeth has occurred, a denture wearer can expect to experience about a 25% bone loss in their jaw. 5-10 years, denture wearers can expect to lose up to 60% of their jaw bone.
Bone loss leads to numerous problems aesthetically and functionally.
- The denture begins to slip and move in your mouth, creating a rubbing painful sensation when you try to eat. You find that you have to apply denture adhesives more often.
- As the bones in your jaws begin to melt away the corners the corners of your mouth will droop downward, even when you are smiling. Face height decreases, and the skin tissue around the jaws begins to sag inward.
- A study of 367 denture wearers found that nearly 50% exhibited a low chewing performance and were not able to consume fruits and vegetables. Healthy food consumption gave way to soft foods that could more easily be consumed.
- At 5-10 years there is significant loss of jaw bone, and a new set of dentures will need to be created.
- Dentures don’t only effect a person’s physical well being, they also have a psychological effect, and many individuals felt that it negatively impacted their social lives.
- 88% of denture wearers complained difficulty with speech.
- Many patients were concerned with kissing and romantic situations, especially in new relationships.
- Nearly 60% of denture wearers complained about movement of the lower denture.
- Loss of the ability to chew. The average human being has a bite force of 150 to 250 pounds per square inch. The maximum bite strength for a denture wearer is 50 pounds per square inch and that diminishes to 5.6 pounds per square inch after 15 years.
If you wear a denture or a partial, the answer is clear. Dental implants that are expertly placed and maintained can last a lifetime. Dental implants will help stimulate new bone growth, improve your appearance and your health! Contact Dr. Brueggen’s office and schedule a free consult to learn more about dental implants.