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Does Missing Teeth Mean Missing Nutrition?

Ann Arbor Dentist

Missing Teeth, Missing Nutrition

Yes, if you are missing teeth, you won’t be able to chew your food as efficiently as you would otherwise, and this can make it harder to properly digest food to get the nutrients you need. This can also mean you are malnourished. You can schedule an appointment with either of our dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, to talk about your options for filling in missing teeth.

When you’re missing teeth, you may be avoiding certain foods entirely because they’re especially hard or impossible to chew. This may be certain meats, nuts, raw vegetables, or other hard foods. The longer you wait to replace a missing tooth, the more nutrients your body misses out on and the more your health could decline.

The Importance of Chewing

Chewing breaks down food into easily digestible pieces so your body can more easily absorb the nutrients. On the other hand, it’s far more difficult for your body to digest food when it’s in bigger chunks. If your body can’t properly digest food, you’re more likely to develop bacteria in your colon, resulting in indigestion. 

So chewing becomes one of the key ingredients in a healthy lifestyle. This is just one of the reasons why replacing your missing teeth is so important. To learn more on why it’s important to replace missing teeth check out our blog post titled, Health Effects of Missing Teeth

You may think “how much should I chew?” Long enough so you no longer recognize the food in your mouth. Thoroughly chewed food shouldn’t have its original texture, size, or shape. For example, you should no longer be able to detect, say, the shape of a mushroom or a floret of broccoli. Bread should feel like a paste or a mush depending on how wet your mouth is.

Tooth Replacement Options

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a prosthetic tooth root that’s made of titanium.They have a variety of benefits including preventing bone loss in your jaw, lasting longer than other tooth replacement options (15 years on average, potentially more with excellent care), and don't affect any surrounding teeth unlike dental bridges.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is held in place by two crowns fitted onto both immediately adjacent teeth. This requires the dentist to shave off some enamel from both healthy teeth to make sure the crown fits. 

A dental bridge may be the right option for people that don’t want the invasive surgery dental implants require. Also, to receive a dental implant your jawbone must have a certain amount of density to support the titanium root, and those with less density may not qualify for an implant.

Dentures

Dentures are probably the most well known option of all three. If you need a whole arch of teeth replaced then dentures may be the best option for you. Partial dentures are also an option if you need to replace multiple consecutive teeth.

Dentures need to be kept moist at all times otherwise they will dry out, warp, and crack. When they’re not in your mouth be sure to keep them in a glass of water or denture cleaner. If you want the benefits of dental implants and dentures, ask one of our dentists about implant-supported dentures.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants, call us at (734) 201-1610 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Robert J Stevenson’s standard is to be the very best at providing his patients “optimal care”, while making them “Feel Right at Home”.

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