You know that your teeth are important to you. Those pearly whites allow you to smile and be around your friends and family without embarrassment, at least we hope they do! Your teeth have a very big role in the health of your body, as well. Our previous post discussed gum disease and how it affects your body, but today we want to focus on simply having the teeth that you need to chew the foods that are best for your body.
That’s right, having enough teeth to chew your food is really, really important! Let’s say you’ve been up against something like gum disease or an accident, and now your teeth are limited. We want to make sure that you have quality restorations in place so that you can chew anything you want to eat.
Maybe you’ve noticed that the healthy food is the most difficult to eat! You can’t enjoy a fresh apple, bright carrots, or a grilled chicken breast without adequate chewing ability! That means that when you lose a tooth, you need something like a dental implant to get you back to the foods you need for a long, healthy life.
Leaving the Gap is Not an Option
Many of our Longmeadow, MA patients question why they would need a restoration in the first place. Leaving a gap in your smile is not the best decision for a number of reasons. First, it just doesn’t look good! It’s difficult to feel confident with gaps in your teeth. In fact, research shows that patients with gaps are more likely to be anxious or depressed!
Aside from your emotional state, a gap in your smile means that you aren’t able to chew or speak as well as you should. We’ve seen patients who haven’t chewed on one side of their mouth in years because they were missing a tooth! Don’t limit yourself!
With that being said, you should know that there are some problems with common restorations. We do these restorations here because sometimes they are the best option for the patient, but we also know that these restorations aren’t doing all that they can for your oral health. Let’s take a look at the issues.
Bridges – A bridge is used to replace a single missing tooth. It works pretty well, but it has some downsides. A bridge requires the teeth adjacent to the gap to be crowned, which means we will have to remove perfectly good tooth enamel from perfectly healthy teeth.
Partial and Complete Dentures – Dentures have been used for centuries and centuries. The idea is still the same: place fake teeth on top of the gums and hope they stay in place! They don’t stay in place very well, which is why we see patients with sore gums, difficulty eating healthy food, and embarrassed because of their uncomfortable teeth.
These restorations have one problem in common: they only replace the crowns of the teeth! What about the roots?
Finding a Solution with an Implant
A dental implant takes the entire tooth into consideration. Whether you need a dental implant to replace one tooth or all of your teeth, you will get the same stable foundation that you got from your natural tooth roots. Here are even more benefits of dental implants.
More Natural Look – A restoration on top of a dental implant looks more natural because there are no black lines along the gums, no metal wings attached to your teeth, and no false gums!
Ease of Chewing – A dental implant allows you to chew whatever you could chew with natural teeth! You won’t even think about it before you put something in your mouth to eat it! You’ll just know that your teeth will work!
Better Nutrition – Because you can eat anything, you have the ability to eat more nutritiously. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins are back on the menu, which means you’ll be getting the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals your body needs!
Better Overall Health – When you eat better, you feel better. You are fueling your body with the stuff it needs to run smoothly, which means you’ll be healthier in the long run!
Learn More About Your Options Today
Are you ready to learn more about your tooth replacement options? Contact our office today to set up an appointment for a consultation or exam. We would love to see you and discuss what might be right for your smile! We can’t wait to see you soon!