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Can Dental Implants Extend Your Life Expectancy?

August 23, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — stephenhale @ 6:34 am
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While there are many reasons to replace missing teeth, it turns out that life expectancy just may be one of them. According to research on the subject, tooth loss has been closely related to chronic diseases. Furthermore, it was found to be a predictor of shortened longevity. For example, it can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other medical conditions. Not only can you potentially live longer after having dental implants in Texas City placed, but you can expect many quality of life improvements that you wouldn’t find with other tooth replacements, including lower health risks associated with tooth loss.

Extend Your Lifespan

Research has shown that people with fewer teeth tend to have a shorter lifespan on average than those who have not suffered any tooth loss. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, researchers found that those with 20 teeth or more at the age of 70 had a considerably higher chance of living longer than those with fewer than 20 teeth. Of course, you don’t necessarily need to have your natural teeth to ensure a long and healthy life. That’s where modern tooth replacements like dental implants come in.

Stop the Loss of Neighboring Teeth

The moment a tooth is lost, the bone tissue inside the jaw begins to break down due to the lack of stimulation normally provided by the tooth’s root. As a result, teeth that sit nearby the extracted tooth are at risk as the jawbone continues to deteriorate. This process is known as bone resorption, and it’s the body’s natural response to a missing tooth. Since the bone tissue is not being used, it resorbs back into the body so it can be used elsewhere.

Once an implant is placed and had time to integrate, it can prevent the bone tissue from breaking down. This can’t be done with bridges or dentures as neither do anything to prevent bone from deteriorating after a tooth is removed.

Lower Your Risk of Dental Disease

While bridges and dentures do prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of place and making the bite uneven, they also tend to get in the way of good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing. It can be more difficult to remove food debris and bacteria from bridges and dentures, putting you at higher risk of problems like gum disease. In severe cases, gum disease can turn into periodontitis, increasing the risk of inflammation that spreads throughout the body.

Higher risks for inflammation can put you at greater risk of Type 2 diabetes, pregnancy complications, infertility, Alzheimer’s disease, and lung infections. Dental implants are generally easier to clean compared to other tooth replacements, reducing your risk of heightened levels of dental and other chronic diseases.

Maintain a Healthier Diet

When teeth are missing, maintaining a nutritious diet is generally not easy. Many healthy food options, especially vegetables and fruits, are crunchy and chewy, making them very difficult to consume with traditional tooth replacement options like dentures.

Dental implants are designed to remain strong and stable for decades, which means eating a wide variety of foods conducive to positive oral and overall health is simple and straightforward.

By replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you can improve your life expectancy and overall quality of life. Get in touch with a dentist today to get started on the process!

About Stephen C. Hale DDS

Dr. Hale, alongside Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Bueso, have the expertise to not only recommend dental implants, but place them entirely under one roof. Trusted by local families since 1983, our practice is prepared to address any level of tooth loss, even those missing all of their teeth. To learn more about the treatment process and see if dental implants are right for you, contact them through their website.

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