Eating Without Teeth or Dentures – What You Need to Know
For some people that have lost teeth but have not replaced them with dentures or a dental implant, eating can be a challenge. Many will try to figure out a way to make it work, but there are many health risks associated with eating food without teeth replacements. Here are some issues that can occur:
Gum and Jaw Issues
While dentures do not offer the same bite strength of natural teeth, the assistance it offers is vital. Your jaw will have to work extra hard if there are missing teeth in the mouth, which can lead to issues like TMJ. The pressure that teeth force onto each other while chewing is also important since a missing tooth can mean the opposite tooth misses out on this pressure and can start protruding further from the gum.
The process of digestion has many interconnected steps as food is broken down in the body. The first step of this process is to chew the food and prepare it for the steps ahead. When the food is not properly chewed, incomplete digestion occurs. This can lead to nutrients not being absorbed, a breeding ground for bacteria and increased flatulence. Already processed foods seem like an easy fix, but still can affect the digestion process since chewing is also done to absorb nutrients and to send signals to the stomach that the digestion process should begin.
What Can You Do?
Eating without a dental implant or dentures when you are missing teeth can cause a ripple effect of other issues. Suitably replacing the missing teeth is important to maintain proper oral health and correctly start the digestive process. No matter the reason why you have not replaced the missing teeth, give us a call to set up a consultation so we can determine how to best help you.