Osteoporosis is one of the more common ailments affecting older Americans. Although people are used to warnings about the increased risk of bone fractures, most don’t know that osteoporosis can make your denture fit and function much worse, especially over time.
Resorption is something we talk about a lot on this blog, because your dentures, like your natural teeth, are supported by your jawbone (although they’re not supported directly by the bone–the gums are in between). When you lose jawbone, your dentures have less support and will need to be adjusted. The faster resorption occurs the more frequently you will need adjustments, and the worse your denture experience will be in between adjustments.
The rate of bone resorption depends on many factors, but one of them is osteoporosis. In osteoporosis, your bones lose density. This means that, although they are generally the same size as before, they contain less bone material, which makes them vulnerable to fracture and to resorption.
In osteoporosis, all your bones lose density at about the same rate throughout your skeleton. This means that your jawbone is losing density at about the same rate as your femur (thigh bone) or spine. And once the bone density is lost, the bones will be absorbed at a slightly faster rate.
What does this mean for denture wearers? It means that, within six months of receiving their dentures, people with osteoporosis experience worse denture fit and less ability to chew than denture wearers who had no osteoporosis.
So how can people with osteoporosis help ensure they get the best denture experience? First, it’s important to talk to your doctor and find out what treatments are recommended to help slow and even reverse the progress of osteoporosis.
Next, ditch your economy dentures. Economy dentures that already fit poorly create pressure points in the gums that aren’t just painful–they lead to worse bone resorption. Instead, quality FOY Dentures® are designed to balance forces evenly so that they do not promote jawbone loss.
To learn more about getting the best experience with dentures, please call (610) 272-0828 today for an appointment with a Philadelphia denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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