We all know that missing teeth can have a major impact on your self-esteem. In fact, tooth loss can lead to difficulty with simple daily tasks, such as eating or speaking. However, recent studies show that losing teeth can have a negative influence on overall senior health. Today, we’re looking at the link between tooth loss and senior health.
How Missing Teeth Affects Senior Health
In a recent Journal of American Geriatrics article, researchers from the University College of London revealed a study of 3,100 adults that showed a link between poor health and tooth loss. Subjects were aged 60 and older, and the ones who had lost most or all of their natural teeth performed worse than other subjects in the same age group. The study shows that patients with tooth loss aged 60 to 74 tend to walk slower and have poorer memories. Once again, we see the dangers of losing our natural teeth. Fortunately, we live in an age where we have options for restoring our smiles to full function and beauty.
Options for Replacing Lost Teeth
Patients who lose one or more teeth in a row may benefit from a dental bridge. Consisting of artificial teeth with crowns attached, the bridge is anchored on to the remaining natural teeth on either side of the gap in the smile. Patients who have lost all of their teeth on one or both arches may require a set of dentures. Finally, with dental implants we inserted a titanium post directly into the jaw. The result is a strong and sturdy replacement tooth that offers a new root and crown. We can even place multiple implant posts to secure a set of dentures that won’t slip when patients eat or speak. Don’t let tooth loss have an adverse affect on your quality of life.
ABOUT YOUR DALLAS, TX DENTIST:
Dallas TX dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, DDS offers a comfortable dental care employing the latest in cutting-edge dental technology. We strive to make sure our patients in Dallas and Richardson have access to innovative preventive, cosmetic, and restorative procedures. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).