Orange City and Deltona, FL
If you have lost multiple permanent teeth, you probably have looked at treatment options to replace your missing teeth in DeBary or Orange City, restoring your smile and your chewing ability. Implant dentures represent one of the better choices when replacing lost teeth. Like any other type of denture, these replacement teeth are removable. However, they have far greater stability because they are anchored by dental implants that are placed at strategic locations in the mouth to provide maximum support. Many people might be interested in implant dentures but do not pursue this treatment method because of the higher financial cost.
Dr. Terry Soule, an implant dentist in Orange City, wants to explain three ways that the long-term value of implant dentures make them worth the price.
- Improved quality of life- Researchers at Case Western University conducted a study in 2015 examining women with missing teeth who had replaced them by various means: dentures, bridges, implants, or no replacement. Their findings? Those individuals who selected tooth replacement that involved dental implants in some way had a higher quality of life. The same study determined that the participants with dental implants also were able to restore a higher percentage of their chewing ability, expanding food choice and improving nutrition while also providing more socializing opportunities because of the greater confidence to go out and eat with friends and family.
- Better health- It all makes sense when you think about it: better nutrition makes it easier for you to receive all the vitamins and nutrients you need to be at your physical and mental best. Feeling good and being in good health also go hand in hand. Additional studies have suggested that eating hard foods on a regular basis can help you maintain cognitive function. Researchers in Japan published a study in the fall of 2018 that found an association between people who ate a diet with an abundance of these hard foods and better cognition because all of that chewing helped to stimulate the necessary functions of the brain. The potential health benefits don’t end there. Replacing teeth with dental implants also makes it more likely you will be able to keep your bite properly aligned, and other research has found potential links between bite strength and longer lifespan, as well as walking speed.
- Durability- Traditional dentures tend to become loose and ill fitting after a while, which means they slip and even could fall out while you attempt to eat or speak. This can be embarrassing, and certainly uncomfortable for most people. On the other hand, implant dentures are quite durable since they are held securely by dental implants. Even if the bony ridge of your dental arch changes slightly over time, your implant dentures will stand the test of time while being secured in your mouth.
Replacing lost teeth is crucial to your long-term health
Did you know that the majority of Americans will lose several of their permanent teeth over the course of their life? Statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that an individual will have lost 12 permanent teeth, on average, by the time they have turned 50 years old. More disturbing, almost 20 percent of Americans over the age of 65 have lost all their natural teeth; that’s nearly one out of every five elderly adults!
Living with lost teeth has consequences, and the risks and problems only will grow and multiply over time. You may experience nutritional deficiencies because lost chewing ability restricts your food choices. You might become self-conscious or embarrassed in social situations or when speaking because of the gap in your smile. The loss of permanent teeth also can hasten the loss of other teeth, exacerbating the existing problems and eventually disrupting the alignment of your bite.
Why live with any of those risks? Terry Soule, DDS, can supply you with a beautiful, functional set of implant dentures. These dentures are supported by durable titanium implants, and the replacement teeth in the denture are made using the finest materials that are available. We can adjust the style and color of your dentures to match your gum line and any remaining teeth you may have on the opposing dental arch. These dentures also are constructed in accordance with neuromuscular dimensions, maintaining or even improving the alignment of your bite. These dentures also help to maintain the shape of your face, preventing the sunken-in appearance that often occurs for individuals living with lost teeth.
Better dentures in Orange City
Ready to learn more about implant dentures in Orange City? Take the next step by calling our office today at (386) 775-1552.
Terry Soule, DDS, is proud to serve patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City.