If you are facing the loss of your teeth, you have to make a decision about whether you want dental implants or dentures. One of the important things to consider is how each of these will affect your health as you get older. Dental implants can potentially improve your health so that you can enjoy not just a longer life, but a better one, too.
Better Bone Health
The most direct way that dental implants can improve your health is by stimulating your jawbone. The implants themselves are anchored in the bone, so they press on the bone. When your natural teeth are lost, your body might begin to remove the bone that supported them, but dental implants take the place of your natural teeth and your body responds by maintaining the bone. When you wear dentures, your bone naturally diminishes.
Having a more robust jawbone could reduce the risk of jawbone fractures as you get older, helping to protect you from injurious falls.
When you have dentures, your nutrition may suffer. Dentures make it hard to chew some types of food, including raw vegetables, and they can interfere with your ability to taste, making food less enjoyable, so you likely won’t be eating the same varied diet you did when you were younger.
Poor nutrition can put you at risk for many health conditions as you get older.
Reduced Dementia Risk
It may seem strange, but chewing is actually associated with mental health. The more you can chew, the less likely you are to develop dementia. Since dentures don’t allow you to chew as well as dental implants do, they may be associated with an increased dementia risk.
More Physical Activity
Your jaw is important to the balance and stability of your head, neck, and spine. Your jaw has to be able to clamp shut to provide a stable platform for any type of motion, from running to walking. Because dentures often fit loosely, they can make it harder for you to balance when walking. This can make it harder for you to stay physically active as you get older.
But dental implants are anchored in the jawbone and give you a stable platform for all types of physical activity.
If your dentures are unattractive and tend to slip out all the time, you may be too self-conscious to do many of the social activities you used to enjoy, such as going out for lunch or dinner with friends. Even any activity that could make you laugh hard may be something you will avoid because you are self-conscious.
Dental implants give you the self-confidence you need to enjoy social activities, which in turn will lead to a better mental health, physical health, and overall quality of life.
If you are considering dentures or dental implants, it’s important to consider the long-term impact your decision will have on your quality of life. If you want to talk to a San Diego implant dentist about the importance of this decision, please call (619) 299-5925 for an appointment at Strober Dental.