Frustrations with Dentures
By Ed O’Keefe
Phyllis had been hiding something. A busy grandmother, who ran the family business while taking care of her grandkids, looked like she “had it all”. But she was struggling with an increasingly frustrating problem that plagued her for 20 years.
Phyllis had lost her teeth early, at age 45. Thus she dealt with the limitations of dentures, sometimes unable to eat certain foods. Through time and nature, Phyllis had lost most of the bone that supported her dentures. Her gums had sores from the dentures rubbing since they didn’t fit any more. She feared her teeth might pop out at any moment which paralyzed her in social settings. Dentures made her seem older than she was.
Phyllis never complained; it wasn’t in her nature. But she was unhappy. Her husband commented the hardest part for him wasn’t the physical changes, but that, “Her youthful spirit started to age. My words didn’t matter. She said she just felt older, less attractive.”
Fortunately for Phyllis, advancements in dentistry provided her with options that weren’t available to her in the past. Now, Phyllis is laughing, smiling and enjoying those grandchildren with the confidence and pleasure she desires. Her friends admire her new beauty and have actually admitted gossiping about what plastic surgery she might have had. After all, “she is looking 10 years younger!” And her husband says she looks like the beautiful woman he fell in love with many years ago. Most importantly she has that twinkle in her eye and bounce in her step again.
You may be wondering about the ‘solution’…and I’ll tell you that in a moment, but first, I’d like to share with you seven reasons why people look for long-term dental solutions. 1. They are irritated and frustrated with ill-fitting, rubbing, unattractive dentures. 2. They dislike the layer of denture adhesive that can interfere with enjoyment of food. 3. They don’t like the wrinkles that may appear from loss of bone that support facial muscles. 4. They want to eat foods without fearing not being able to chew comfortably or adequately. 5. They want to stop getting sores from loose fitting dentures rubbing the gums. 6. They want to stop being self conscious. 7. They want to stop looking older than they really are due to tooth loss.
Why aren’t more seniors aware how dentures or missing teeth can affect their health? Respected research from the Mayo Clinic found that people who are missing teeth are likely to die 10 years earlier than their peers with all their teeth. (Dental Survey, April 1933) That same survey indicated that at least 69% of adults, ages 35 to 44, have lost at least one tooth. Of people ages 65 to 74, 26% have lost all their teeth.
Life expectancy has increased from 45 to 70 years creating the need for the body to be properly fueled to achieve its long term goal, to live. There are medical and dental effects associated with missing teeth. A link between the loss of teeth from gum disease and the increased risk of stroke and heart attack has been well researched. When the teeth are lost, the damage the gum disease created doesn’t go away. The body has been permanently weakened. People without teeth spend approximately 17% more on drugs due to increased health issues. With missing teeth, there is evidence of an increased rate of stomach and intestinal disorders related to the inability to chew properly.
Full denture patients have shorter life expectancy due to a loss of function and diminished sense of taste, and a higher rate of systemic disease affecting the whole body. Due to the loss of taste, people with missing teeth and dentures tend to add excessive amounts of salt, sugar and seasonings to flavor their food. Increased sugar consumption can lead to diabetes and obesity in a group that is already at higher risk for these conditions. Increased salt intake has been linked to high blood pressure and an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks. There is an increased risk of death due to vomiting if you have no teeth. This hardly ever gets mentioned except in CPR courses.
The best news is that the same solution Phyllis received is available to you. That solution is having your dentures or missing teeth stabilized with mini dentals implants. Mini implants provide a base and support to stabilize dentures. This technique is the latest dental implant procedure to help people who suffer from ill-fitting loose dentures and missing teeth.
If you have considered implants in the past, but found that they were too expensive for your situation, you will be surprised to find out that mini implants are a fraction of the price of traditional implants. Here’s how it works: Placement of the mini-implants is accomplished quickly and easily in a procedure that is performed in the dental office. Using a precisely controlled, minimally invasive technique the implants are placed into the jaw bone. The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong, solid foundation for securing the dentures. This technique works for both upper and lower dentures. This is a simple, one-step procedure that will have you out of the office in no time.
In North Dallas Dr Trisha M Le is a leader in providing dental implants and mini-implants to her patients. “The benefits of implants far outweigh the benefits of wearing dentures or living with missing teeth,” Dr Trisha Le reports. “Many people who are interested in restoring their smiles want to know ‘how much does it cost?’ and ‘how long will it take?’ I let them know about all the options that are available for their situation. Our goal is to use the newest dental techniques to provide state-of-the-art, comfortable and personalized dental care.”
Dr. Le has a busy successful practice and interviews each of her potential new patients before accepting them for care to determine their needs and desire for better oral health.
There are two ways to become one of Dr Trisha Le’s patients: First, if you want to get information in advance, she has a report titled “Nine Critical Secrets: How You Can Turn Back the Hands of Time!” A free copy of this report can be obtained by calling the 24-hour, toll-free recorded message hotline at 1-888-494-4955 ext 90032 and request the free report. Or you can visit us at www.yourdentalreports.com
For a free consultation with Dr Le, call her office at 972-200-0625. You can have this free consultation without feeling any pressure to make a commitment to becoming a patient while developing a personalized plan just for you.