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Denture Problems

There are really good reasons why dentures and partials fail you, and why you cannot chew comfortably and smile confidently no matter how hard you try. Natural teeth have roots that are surrounded by bone and are able to exert up to 250 pounds per square inch (psi) when biting very strongly. For normal chewing, natural teeth exert a pressure in the range of 45 to 75 psi. With dentures, the average chewing pressure is reduced to less than 20 psi. Patients who have worn complete dentures for more than 15 years may have a maximum biting force of 6 pounds per square inch. This is an enormous percentage decrease in chewing pressure and effectiveness. It's no wonder that denture wearers have problems eating many foods, and are at risk of swallowing a large piece of inadequately chewed food.

Denture Replacement Alternative

If you are a denture wearer, you know this tremendous loss of pressure means having to completely change your eating habits. Your food must be cut up into small pieces, and many foods need to be eliminated completely. The typical lower denture shifts from side to side almost constantly during chewing making it very difficult for patients to adjust to them. Many patients are never able to adjust to a lower denture. The types of food that denture wearers find easiest to chew tend to be carbohydrates and high calorie foods because of their softness.

Although preventive medicine is not talked about enough these days, the best Medical Doctors emphasize the importance of a balanced diet in preventing disease. A diet that is high in fiber is very important for preventing constipation and the intestinal diseases that can result from it such as diverticulitis. Fiber rich foods also serve to hold nutrients in our bodies for longer, allowing for more disease-preventing anti-oxidants and other nutrients to be absorbed into our system.

The reality is that the best high-fiber foods like fruits and vegetables can be the most difficult foods for denture wearers to chew. As a result, these important foods tend to be terribly under-represented in the diet of a denture sufferer.

Solutions for those who wear Dentures

Denture wearers often fall into one of the two following categories: very overweight due the excessive intake of liquid carbohydrates and calories, or very underweight due to the inability to chew the right kinds of foods (high fiber) adequately. Denture wearers also complain that the taste, temperature, texture, and enjoyment of food are decreased. They may have to add additional salt and spices to food to give it more taste. This is not surprising as the plastic in their dentures insulates the tissue that is responsible for giving a person "the sense" of their food. Increased weight and excess salt can lead to high blood pressure, and problems of the digestive tract.

Studies indicate that after two months of having implant-supported replacement teeth, patients were able to increase their maximal biting force by 85%. After three years, the average chewing force increased 300% compared to before implant placement. Overall, the chewing ability of patients with dental implant-supported teeth is roughly equal to patients with healthy, natural teeth, and vastly superior to patients with conventional dentures.

If you are suffering from the drawbacks of dentures such as weight gain, weight loss, high blood pressure, or problems of the digestive tract, do not wait another day to improve your health. Contact Gilreath Dental Associates today to schedule a consultation with our Dental Implant Specialist. We look forward to hearing from you.

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