I was diagnosed with a severe calcium deficiency. Even though I take pretty good care of my teeth, they’ve always needed work. My dentist said the calcium deficiency explains my problems and that I would be better off if I got dentures. While I understand his point, I know that dentures cause facial collapse. I am only 41. I don’t want to look like a grand mother. Is there any way to preven the collapse?
I am sorry you have been having so much stress. I have good news for you. Even if you did need to remove all your teeth, though I am not convinced you do, there is a way to prevent facial collapse. However, I think it is best we start with this calcicum deficiency thiing. An adult diagnosis of calcium deficiency does not impact your teeth. This is because your teeth were already formed before this deficiency started.
What does a calcium deficiency affect in adults? I’m glad you asked. The big three problems tend to be nerve problems, cramps, and osteoporosis. None of those should be taken lightly, so if you are not already receiving treatments for this condition, please do so. When osteoporosis is left untreated, you can break a bone at the slightest bump.
You may be wondering why your dentist said it means you are fighting a losing battle with your teeth. The truth is some dentists are more interested in putting in the work required to save problem teeth than others. If you want to keep as many teeth as possible, and I highly recommned that, then this will not be the best dentist for you. Look for someone who is serious about keeping as much natural tooth structure as possible.
None of that, however, helps you with the teeth you’ve already lost and the issue you are facing with keeping your teeth healthy. While I am sure you are taking care of your teeth there is something that most people do not realize sabatoges their efforts. One of the biggest allies you have against tooth decay is actually your saliva. It contains minerals that fight bacteria. If you snack more than once a day, this can make it hard for the saliva to do its job. I would cut back snacking. Another thing to consider is how much coffee you are drinking. Not only does it stain your teeth, but can create havoc with your oral health care. After you drink a cup of Joe, make sure you brush or at least rinse out your mouth.
If you do that and are still losing teeth, you can prevent the bone loss you were worried about by having dental implants placed instead of removable dentures. The prostic tooth roots used in the implant procedure, signals to your brain that there are still teeth there, which in turn keep your jaw structure intact and prevents facial collapse.
Please get a second opinion on those teeth.
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