How Dentures Affect Your Health

dentures close upHave you ever grown so frustrated with your dentures that you considered doing away with them altogether? If so, may have wondered how living without dentures would affect your health. Unfortunately, as your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, notes, tooth loss can negatively affect your health in a couple of ways. First, having no dentures severely limits the foods that you can consume. In fact, people who suffer tooth loss sometimes suffer malnutrition as a result of their avoiding certain foods. Without teeth, people will often ignore vegetables and even many proteins, relying instead on a diet that is heavy in carbohydrates. Unfortunately, carbohydrates alone do not constitute a healthy diet. They also feed oral bacteria, which can cause further oral health problems. Lastly, without teeth, the food that arrives in the stomach may not be broken down adequately. Thus, the body has a more difficult time extracting nutrients from the food, creating nutrition problems.

Common Struggles with Dentures

The frustration that many people who wear dentures experience often stems from the fact that their dentures are unstable in their mouths. Wobbly dentures are the result of imperfect fits because when the dentures do not fit precisely, the suction that they create in order to remain stable will fail. As a result, the dentures will slide in the mouth, creating physical and emotional irritation.

Thankfully, you can improve the fit of your dentures by having them adjusted. An adjustment will result in a more precise fit so that the dentures feel more secure and perform better. However, an adjustment is only a temporary fix. Denture use causes the ridges on the jaw to wear down. As a result, the fit will become less and less precise until the dentures grow unstable once more.

Dental Implants and Dentures

If you are looking for a more permanent solution to wobbly dentures, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson, has the solution. Making use of dental implants, she can stabilize your dentures permanently. The dental implants fuse with the jawbone after their surgical insertion, creating a stable base for the dentures. Dental implants are also designed to last a lifetime, meaning the effects of stabilizing your dentures will be permanent.

About Dr. Jessica Johnson: Jessica Johnson, DDS is a respected general and family dentist serving the Des Moines IA area. Patients can contact her at 515-223-9764 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.

Contact

MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm