Terminal dentition is not a term that most people use very often. However, dentition’s definition is something that dental implant expert Dr. Firouzian, a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), use to describe a situation where most of your teeth have failed. Those that remain may be a threat to your health.
When Your Teeth become a Threat
Dentition’s meaning are the teeth organized into two sets of teeth including the primary and permanent teeth. Healthy teeth are important to your overall health. Being able to chew a wide range of nutritious foods helps you get all the nutrients your body needs to maintain good health. Healthy teeth also provide support for an optimal jaw position so that you can avoid conditions like TMJ.
If your teeth are healthy and attractive, you can smile readily, which helps you maintain a good mood that also boosts your immune system.
If your teeth are unhealthy, they can be a danger to you. Gum disease is a chronic infection around your teeth. It allows bacteria to gain entry into your body, and as your body tries to fight off the infection, you will feel the effects far away from your mouth. Gum disease has been linked to autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and cancer, but its most dangerous effect is the strong link with heart disease, which can cause heart failure, stroke, and other serious cardiovascular problems. Cardiovascular conditions like erectile dysfunction are also linked to gum disease.
But if your teeth have decayed and become infected (called abscessed teeth), they can also become a place where bacteria can shelter. The bacteria can enter your bones, your sinuses, and even your brain, leading to a deadly infection.
When your teeth have reached this stage, it may be in the interest of your health to remove them.