Losing dentures is a very common problem among the elderly, especially when those seniors are suffering from some type of dementia.
Apparently, in the near future we might have the ability to find lost dentures using a phone app.
A tiny antenna could be fitted into the false teeth, and when the teeth are missing, a special tool would be able to pick up a signal and locate the missing teeth.
For many denture wearers this idea seem irrelevant, but anyone who has experience with sufferers of memory loss or dementia will tell you it can be a common and costly problem.
With the cost of dentures running into thousands of dollars, making sure they aren’t permanently lost could save a fortune.
Care home workers often recount the strange places that elderly residents place their teeth. In food cupboards, wrapped inside clothing, and in the refrigerator are just a few of the hiding places.
Of course the other problem is that once the false teeth are lost, the patient is unable to eat properly and this could lead to them becoming malnourished. Then, there’s the problem of missing teeth drying out when you can’t find them for a while.
The process of getting new dentures can be too stressful and confusing for dementia sufferers, so any tool that could quickly help find their missing teeth could only be good thing.
Even younger denture wearers have been known to lose their false teeth after a late night party or too much alcohol. A big dental bill is a hefty price to pay for an evening out. Even a partial denture can break the bank, when finances are tight.
There are options, when you lose your false teeth. However, apart from going without any teeth, all your options will incur a cost. You could get replacement dentures, or make your own teeth, but wouldn’t it be nice to pick up your ohone and locate your teeth instead.
Soon, there may be an option that will save you the frustration of searching for missing teeth, and locate them with a phone app, making lost dentures a thing of the past.