At 44 years old, a severe calcium deficiency has left me with 18 teeth that my dentist says must be extracted, and he recommends dentures. I have two teenagers and prefer not to look like their grandmother after I get dentures. Are implants the only way to maintain my face shape? Thank you. Brienne from Dallas, TX
Thank you for contacting our office. Did your dentist explain why he recommends removing your teeth and replacing them with a denture? Sometimes, tooth removal is less challenging than saving them, and a dentist may not have the skill level or understanding to restore your teeth. Dr. Delaune would need to examine and x-ray your teeth to explain your options and develop a treatment plan.
Does Calcium Deficiency Affect Adult Teeth?
A calcium deficiency can result in various signs and symptoms, including:
- abnormal heartbeat
- extreme fatigue
- muscle cramping
- nail changes
- numbness and tingling in your fingertips
- poor appetite
Calcium hydroxyapatite is essential for developing and maintaining bones and tooth enamel. According to the American Dental Association, teeth benefit from a healthy lifestyle, including a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium. Frequent snacking and a high-sugar diet promote tooth decay.
How Will Dentures Affect Your Facial Appearance?
If a dentist or an oral surgeon must extract your teeth, your jawbone will shrink if you wear removable dentures. The shrinkage will affect your appearance in ten to twenty years because you lack enough bone to support your facial muscles. Also, you will be unable to retain a removable denture.
Dental implants are the healthiest, most effective solution for replacing missing teeth. Implants have these benefits:
- Stimulate the jawbone
- prevent shrinkage
- Help prevent premature facial sagging
Implant-supported dentures will be stable and improve denture function and fit. Immediate implant placement can halt bone shrinkage and prevent the need for future bone grafting. In many cases, an implant dentist or an oral surgeon will remove unsavable teeth and immediately replace them with dental implants.
We recommend getting a second opinion from a dentist with advanced implant training to determine whether they can save your teeth or if you require extractions and implants.
Metairie, Louisiana dentist Dr. Duane Delaune sponsors this post.