December 17, 2021
You want to see your children and future grandchildren grow up. You have dreams of traveling the world. There are plenty of reasons to want to have a long, full life. But if you’re missing some teeth, your plans for the future may be cut short. How can tooth loss impact how long you live? Is there a way to prolong your estimated lifespan?
In this post, you’ll learn about the connection between missing teeth and a shorter life expectancy as well as the ways in which dental implants can help lengthen your lifespan and improve your quality of life.
How Tooth Loss and Longevity Are Connected
No one knows how much time they have. However, several recent studies have found that those who are missing five or more teeth are much more likely to have life-limiting conditions like osteoporosis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Although other factors, such as socioeconomic experiences, certainly play a role in life expectancy, the number of teeth a person has seems to contribute as well. Some studies have even said that those who wear dentures tend to live about 10 years shorter than those with a full set of teeth.
Fully Replace Missing Teeth
Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants replace the entire missing tooth, root and all. The jawbone remains strong and reinforced. As a result, when you get a dental implant, it’s as if your tooth was never lost!
Eat a More Nutritious Diet with Dental Implants
Compared to other tooth replacement options, dental implants provide much more stability and strength for your bite. In fact, research finds that they restore up to 70 percent of your original biting force, whereas dentures typically restore around 30 percent. As a result, eating fresh fruits and vegetables with implants is easier, allowing you to have a more balanced diet. With the proper nutrition, you can prevent or control a host of life-threatening diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and much more.
Correct Poor Oral Hygiene with Dental Implants
Although there are many causes behind tooth loss, poor oral hygiene is one of the most common and the most devastating to your health. Plaque, which holds harmful bacteria, causes inflammation in the gums, eventually leading to gum recession, jawbone loss, and tooth loss. However, the damage from gum disease doesn’t stop there. The bacteria can enter the bloodstream and spread inflammation throughout the body, potentially exacerbating existing issues in the heart, kidneys, and even the brain.
In order to qualify for dental implants, your mouth must be free from infection, including the gum disease that has been directly linked with many other medical conditions. In other words, if you get dental implants, you’ve undergone treatment to control gum disease and committed to maintaining a healthy smile, hopefully ensuring that bacteria and inflammation are kept to a minimum.
In the end, although your teeth may not exactly be a crystal ball looking into your future, your missing teeth could play a role in how long you live. By replacing them with dental implants, you can overcome all the consequences of tooth loss and live a healthier, happier, and maybe longer life.
About the Practice
Avenue Dental is proud to offer comprehensive dental implant care to patients throughout the Austin community. In her advanced training, Dr. Joyce Wong has focused primarily on implantology, enabling her to help patients overcome tooth loss. Dr. Stella Caballero has more than 5 years of dentistry experience and has completed training in prosthodontics, among other specialties in the field. If you would like to learn more about how dental implants can improve your life, you can contact Avenue Dental and schedule an appointment online.
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