August 30, 2023

Full Mouth Dental Implants and Overall Health.

Dental implants and overall health

Oral health is a crucial aspect of overall health and well-being. A healthy smile is not only visually appealing but also vital for maintaining proper nutrition, speech, and self-confidence. However, for people suffering from severe dental issues such as unfixable teeth, periodontal disease, or severe decay, enjoying these benefits can be challenging. Full mouth dental implants have emerged as a transformative solution, offering a myriad of advantages that impact both oral and overall health. In this article, we dive into the connection between oral health and overall health, specifically for individuals with dental problems, and explore how full mouth dental implants from Nuvia can revolutionize their lives.

First, let’s review the real life connections between common oral diseases that may contribute to other diseases throughout the body. Do you have any of these?

The Link Between Oral Health and Overall health

The importance of oral health as part of overall health cannot be overstated. According to the World Health Organization, oral health is essential for an individual's general health and quality of life (Petersen 2003). When you don't take good care of your teeth and mouth, it can hurt, make it hard to eat and talk, and you might not get enough healthy food. Also, it can make your whole body feel bad and cause heart and sugar problems (Scannapieco 2013). These issues can affect a person's quality of life, making it essential to address dental problems proactively.

The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Other Well-Known Diseases

Periodontal disease has been linked to several health conditions. These connections are thought to be due to the inflammatory nature of periodontal disease and the bacteria involved. Some of the potential diseases and conditions linked to periodontal disease include:

Cardiovascular disease: Studies have shown an association between periodontal disease and an increased risk of heart disease, as well as the possibility of stroke. The bacteria from gum infections may enter the bloodstream, leading to inflammation and damage to the blood vessels (Lockhart et al., 2012).

One of our patients, Floyd, had serious heart problems (stage 4 heart failure) and decided to get dental implants to improve his life. We were happy to assist him at our Denver location.

After getting the implants, he told us that he feels much better overall and is grateful that he made the decision to come to Nuvia. 

Diabetes: Periodontal disease and diabetes share a bidirectional relationship. People with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease, and severe gum disease can make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels (Preshaw et al., 2012).

Respiratory infections: The bacteria causing periodontal disease can be inhaled into the lungs, potentially leading to respiratory infections such as pneumonia (Scannapieco et al., 1998).

Rheumatoid arthritis: Research suggests a link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis due to similarities in the inflammatory processes involved in both conditions (Potikuri et al., 2012).

Adverse pregnancy outcomes: Pregnant women with periodontal disease may be at a higher risk of delivering preterm or low birth weight babies (Offenbacher et al., 1996).

Addressing Oral Health Issues with Full Mouth Dental Implants

If you suspect or have been told that you have periodontal disease or have noticed a connection between oral health problems and other health issues, know that you're not alone. We are here to help you find the relief you need and eliminate the infection from your mouth, putting an end to periodontal disease as a concern in your life. Also, if full mouth dental implants are not the right decision for you right now, hopefully this article will help you take the action you need to fix your current dental problems.

If you think full mouth implants may be the right solution for you here’s some useful information for you.

Full mouth dental implants offer a cutting-edge solution for individuals facing severe dental challenges, such as unrestorable teeth. Dental implants work by being placed into the jawbone, acting as a strong and long-lasting foundation for replacement teeth. Dental implants not only help prevent bone loss and maintain facial structure but also provide long-term health benefits when compared to other treatment options.

Improving Chewing, Digestion, and Nutrition with Dental Implants

The negative impact that oral diseases can have on your life, can be devastating. Let's explore the positive changes that come with restoring your smile using Nuvia's dental implants. 

Dental implants can greatly improve chewing efficiency for individuals with unrestorable teeth, allowing them to enjoy a wider variety of healthy foods. Proper chewing is essential for digestion, as it breaks down food into smaller particles that are easier for the body to process (Hutton et al. 2002). By enabling patients to eat an array of foods, dental implants can promote better nutrition and overall health.

Nydia, one of our cherished patients in her 90s, discovered that her decision to settle for dentures limited her ability to eat the foods she once enjoyed. This led to a diminished appetite and dangerously low weight. Her family wanted her to regain the ability to eat properly, ensuring she received the necessary nutrition to stay healthy. After receiving dental implants, Nydia found that she could eat comfortably once again and obtain the proper nutrition needed to return to a healthy weight.

Additionally, dental implants can help reduce the harmful bacteria associated with periodontal disease in your mouth (Sanz & Marco del Castillo, 2020). By effectively addressing and treating periodontal disease, you can potentially lower the risk of developing other health issues linked to this condition, such as heart disease and Alzheimer's disease. This preventive approach not only improves your oral health but also contributes to your long-term overall well-being.

Psychological Benefits of a Healthy and Functional Smile

Studies have shown that people with dental problems often experience lower self-esteem and confidence (Humphris et al. 2002). Smiling is known to elevate mood and release endorphins, which are responsible for creating feelings of happiness in the brain. Some patients have shared with us that they couldn't remember the last time they smiled, but once they received their new teeth, they couldn't stop smiling. By restoring your smile with dental implants, you can overcome these psychological barriers, leading to improved interpersonal relationships and countless opportunities to share your beautiful smile with the world.

In Summary

The connection between "Oral Health and Systemic Health," or simply oral health and overall well-being, is becoming increasingly evident as research progresses. Scientific studies have proven that there are indeed links between these two factors. However, we may have only scratched the surface in truly understanding the extent of their connection. We encourage you to take our 60-second quiz to determine if dental implants may be the right option for you. We have helped thousands of patients who struggled with teeth that no longer met their needs for a happy, healthy lifestyle, and we believe that you deserve the same. You deserve not only to feel confident while smiling but also to have a smile free from infection, decay, and pain. We cannot wait to meet you, and it all starts by taking this quiz now.

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Hutton, B., Feine, J., and Morais, J. (2002). "Is there an association between edentulism and nutritional state?" Journal of Canadian Dental Association 68(3): 182-187.

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Petersen, P. E. (2003). "The World Oral Health Report 2003: continuous improvement of oral health in the 21st century – the approach of the WHO Global Oral Health Programme." Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 31(Suppl 1): 3-23.

Sanz, M., & Marco del Castillo, A. (2020). Periodontal and peri-implant diseases: The role of bacteria and inflammation. Periodontology 2000, 84(1), 7-18. https://doi.org/10.1111/prd.12310

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Preshaw, P. M., Alba, A. L., Herrera, D., Jepsen, S., Konstantinidis, A., Makrilakis, K., & Taylor, R. (2012). Periodontitis and diabetes: a two-way relationship. Diabetologia, 55(1), 21-31.

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