26 Jun Chewing function.
Chewing food is the first step in the process of digesting nutrients essential to maintaining good overall health.
The maximum chewing strength of people wearing two complete (traditional) dentures without dental implants is often overestimated—they have only 20 to 30% of the chewing strength of people with all of their natural teeth.
The bones of the body are constantly regenerating—each bone cell that dies is replaced when the bones are properly stimulated. The roots of natural teeth stimulate the regeneration of the bone cells of the jaw when you chew food. Without the root of the tooth, the bone is no longer stimulated, and it loses volume and density. This process of deterioration that follows the loss of one or more teeth is called bone resorption. Bridges on natural teeth as well as removable dentures without dental implants help maintain the surrounding muscle tone and protect the remaining natural teeth by preventing them from moving and wearing more quickly. However, while they replace the missing teeth, they cannot prevent bone resorption. This inevitable phenomenon will possibly affect the neighbouring natural teeth and the stability, support and effectiveness of traditional dentures, which will become more and more uncomfortable and painful to wear.
A loss of bone mass in the jaw of up to 80% is observed in traditional denture‑wearers following the loss of one or more teeth.
WHY CHOOSE IMPLANT-SUPPORTED DENTURES?
Half of people over 55 years old in Quebec have lost teeth!
People who wear conventional dentures encounter many limitations and experience much discomfort. After the extraction of teeth, over the years, the maxillae bones resorb, causing a continual decline in stability for the dentures and comfort for the patient. The structures of the face are affected, leading to premature aging.
Implant-supported dentures, whether fixed or removable, solve the problems of people who have lost teeth. They restore comfort, function and aesthetic. They allow for crunching and chewing with strength and comfort, and give patients back their confident and determined smile.