I know dental issue are about the last things on a caregivers mind and i don't need to list the reasons why but now my 88 yr old family member is losing tooth after tooth despite attempts to save them with rooth canals and crowns would not wear a partial. Has been able to eat fairly well with just a few teeth on the bottom but is losing more. can an elderly person still eat with only five teeth on the bottom. not steaks, but things like bread, vegetables, soft meat. does the gum become hard and act as a chewing surface? looking for answers from those who have experienced this problem and anyone with experience with implants or mini implants with dentures attached, assuming you can get them to the numerous appointments? thanks.