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Health Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can provide patients with quality of life that dentures cannot match. Not only do they look better, but they also work better, breaking down food and providing valuable nutrition. If your loved one refuses to consider dental implants, please read Dr. Bonnick’s heart-breaking story about how dental implants may have been able to prevent his grandmother’s death. Use this story as motivation to talk to your loved one again about dental implants
Did Grandma die early because she did not have dental implants
In a few months it will be ten years since my grandmother passed away at the age of 79 on the way to work. She was a firm believer in “If you are not sick you should have a job.” She also had a great sense of adventure and often accompanied me on my mission dental trips, or visiting somewhere new in the world. Although we had arranged for her to live with my mom and dad, she insisted on “turning her own key in her own door.”
Grandma like a lot of those born in the 1920’s got her denture early and like a lot of people she did not like her bottom denture because it had no suction. I was not insistent on her having dental implants because she wanted to save her money to support her independence. In retrospect this might not have been the best long term decision because not having implants meant she could not crush her food properly in order to receive the best nutrition. Studies show that dentures are about 30% efficient at crushing food, implant supported dentures around 70% and natural teeth around 90%.
Grandma complained about loss of appetite, stomach pains, and irregular bowel movements. She had medication that needed to be taken with meals to prevent further stomach irritation. On that fateful morning her lack of appetite meant she skipped her medication and her increased blood pressure led to a stroke from which she did not regain consciousness.
I miss my Grandmother and wished I could have done more for her. I have committed myself and practice to the promotion of the benefits of having dental implants because I think it can make a difference in people’s lives. No amount of money saved was able to keep Grandma with us for additional years, but money properly invested in making sure she could eat more than soups and “mush” might have given me additional years with her. So don’t brush us off when we talk to you about implants it means your prevention program was not successful for the teeth lost. Listen to us with an open mind, my Grandma would have wanted me to give you an option I did not give her.
If you’d like Dr. Bonnick to speak with your loved one about dental implants, please contact him today.