Most of us don’t give a second thought to eating our favorite foods. But a dental restoration like dentures makes it tough to enjoy treats like grilled corn, steak, and even sticky treats like marshmallows. Studies show that dentures wearers only have about 25 percent of the bite strength they enjoyed before losing teeth. Don’t resign yourself to a limited diet. Ask us about teeth implants.
Implants give you chewing force that is almost as strong as what you had with your natural teeth. They offer many other benefits too.
To find out more about implants and see if they are right for you, call 3640 Dental today at 770-802-1120 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paez. In the meantime, you can watch a video Dr. Paez did for Mundo Hispanico. In it, she shares more about the process of getting dental implants. It’s easier than you might think!
No Tooth Roots, Less Chewing Strength
When it comes to your tooth roots, out of sight is out of mind. You probably never think about them. Yet they’re the key to a strong bite AND a strong jaw. Your roots connect your teeth to your jaw, which provides a strong base for your teeth. Most people have at least 200 pounds of bite force with their natural teeth. With dentures, it drops to about 50 pounds. That’s a big difference!
Dentures sit directly on your gums. Your gums just don’t provide a strong base for teeth, even if you add adhesive. Because of this, most folks who wear dentures stick to soft foods that don’t require much chewing. Your digestion can suffer too, because you likely won’t eat as many fiber-rich foods.
In addition, your roots stimulate your jaw every time you chew. The stimulation keeps your jaw strong. Without it, your bone gets smaller over time. This bone loss is what gives your face the sunken appearance that makes you look older.
Our dentists put dental implants in your jaw, where they work a lot like your natural tooth roots. They not only give you a stronger bite, they keep your jawbone healthy. Your replacement teeth also will stay firmly in place. You won’t have to worry about:
- Teeth that slip or come loose when you eat or speak
- Sore spots that result from dentures rubbing against your gums
- Special solutions and soaking to clean your teeth
- Sticky adhesive to keep teeth in place
Fill Smile Gaps of Any Size With Teeth Implants
Teeth implants are so versatile, our dentists can use them to replace any number of teeth. You can get an:
- Implant Crown – We’ll attach a crown to a single implant to replace one tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridge – For a standard dental bridge, our dentists have to reshape the healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. But there’s no need to modify any of your other teeth if we attach the bridge to implants instead.
Getting Teeth Implants Isn’t Difficult
Getting teeth implants is easier than you may think. One of our dentists will:
- Numb your jaw with local anesthesia
- Place the implant, which looks like a screw, in your jaw through a small opening
- Allow the implant to fuse to your bone, a process that may take a few weeks
- Attach a dental restoration to your implant after it’s fully healed
While many patients receive only local anesthesia during implant placement, you can also receive laughing gas or an oral sedative if you’d like.