Tooth loss is a major health problem worldwide and you aren’t alone in navigating this next step in your life. Both debilitating and irreversible, tooth loss causes serious psychological and physiological side effects. It negatively affects an individual’s quality of life by drastically reducing the comfort of everyday activities such as chewing, talking, and even smiling.
In Canada, about 6% of the population suffers from tooth loss. That number goes up to 20%, or one in five, for adults aged 60-79 years.
To further complicate matters, bone loss in the jaw is an ongoing process following the loss of teeth. It affects the lower jaw at a rate four times faster than the upper. Even if only a few teeth or absent of the bridges is worn down, tooth loss and deterioration causes the flesh around the jaw and mouth to slacken. This causes the face to appear aged.
Dentures can resolve many of the health consequences of tooth loss while dental implants can alleviate almost all of them! Here’s how:
Implants prevent the progression of bone and tissue loss because they act just like the roots of natural teeth. Both dentures and implants support and fill out the mouth and cheeks, tightening the skin around your jaw.
Dentures and implants can improve your physical appearance in this manner. With a proper set of dentures or dental implant bridges the mouth is filled out and the tissues around it strengthens, appearing more youthful.
If you’ve been told recently you need some teeth pulled, or have any questions or concerns about losing your teeth, contact MyBite Calgary today or request a free consultation with our Calgary denture experts.