As people age, they tend to lose their teeth. In the 21st century, tooth loss is less about decay and more about gum disease and erosion caused by decades of brushing. After tooth loss, gaps are left behind, sometimes just one gap, sometimes several, or sometime a completely empty jaw. When considering a healthy old age, it’s a good idea to carefully consider which tooth restoration is going to contribute best. Dental implants in Farnham could well be the answer.
The great thing about dental implants in Farnham is that they replace the whole tooth, root, and crown, and this gives the patient back full functionality. Dental implants are available from various dentists in Farnham, including Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic.
What is full functionality?
When dentists talk about full functionality in regards to teeth, they mean that the artificial teeth behave just like a natural tooth. The patient can use a dental implant as well as their own teeth worked. This is because the crowns are anchored into the jawbone by the implant. This allows the patient to use their full chewing force, grinding and biting, without fear that their restorations will slip, break or come out entirely. Dental implants in Farnham can withstand chewing forces up to 97kg or 200lbs, which is slightly more than the average man can manage. Dentures only allow about a quarter of this.
Why is chewing so important?
Chewing is the first and vital step in the digestive process. It releases saliva, which moistens the food and starts to break it down with digestive enzymes. Ideally, each mouthful of food should be chewed about 30 times, to reduce it to almost liquid form. This breaks down the cell walls of plant and animal matter so that the digestive enzymes further down in the gut can extract it and it can be absorbed through the gut wall.
The gut only has one place to do this vital work and that is in the mouth. When the ability to chew well is removed, the patient is faced with a higher chance of malnutrition, which in an ageing body, can be a serious issue.