The Dangers of Dentures
-Dentures provide only a maximum of 25 percent of natural chewing power, which means a restricted diet for most people. "Most dentures have a lot less chewing power than 25 percent." says Dr. Strange, "as they are hard to keep well-fitted due to the progressive bone loss under the denture, making them slip and slide easily"
-Bone loss occurs when teeth are missing, and dentures accelerate this bone loss process, causing eventual collapse of facial muscles. As shown below, this causes the chin to move toward the nose, lips become thinner and the cheeks sink inwards, causing deep wrinkles and folds.
This continuous loss of bone causes the dentures to constantly lose their fit, causing sores and making chewing painful, and further discourages a healthy diet.WHO ARE CANDIDATES FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
With modern technology and procedures already used by Easley Dental Center, most patients are now candidates for dental implants. people of almost every walk of life, can take advantage of the benefits of implants.Too Little Bone
In the past, too little bone was impediment to having implants placed, now with our Planmeca Promax 2D 3D Imaging System (Link this back to our technology page) and the precise nature of implant placement, most patients can receive dental implants.
Health Conditions Previously, people with certain health conditions, such as diabetes, or unhealthy habits, such as smoking, were considered too high of a risk for implants. Now, people with these conditions can usually receive implants, although these conditions can reduce the success rate of the procedure due to these patients' lessened healing capabilities. The doctor assesses a patient's medical and oral condition carefully to evaluate whether they are in fact a candidate for implants, or to determine what measures to take to ensure successful treatment.Age
Age is not a barrier to receiving dental implants as long as the jaw has fully developed. In the case of a teenager, this occurs around age 17 for boys and ages 14 to 16 for girls.
Studies have been made on patients over age 80, who have received implants, which show nearly identical success rates compared to rates for younger patients