We hope you enjoyed the holidays, and we hope 2019 will be one of your happiest and healthiest years ever.
One way you can control that is by replacing any missing teeth you may have. Likewise, if you are tired of fussing with slippery, loose-fitting dentures, you can do something about it.
You can come to the office of Charles F. Betts, Jr., DMD, to find out how you can get dental implants. Implants make your teeth replacements stronger, so they look and feel practically like a new set of natural teeth.
Take a moment to read three important reasons you should consider getting implants to replace your lost teeth. Then, call 256-274-8680 to schedule a consultation at our Decatur dentist office to find out if you are a good candidate for implants
1. Your Teeth Will Stay In Place
Anyone who has had traditional dentures for a reasonable amount of time understands that they can be frustrating. Since they rest outside your gums, they are prone to sliding around. This can make simple things like speaking and eating more difficult than they should be.
One way to deal with this is by using denture adhesives. That too comes with its own problems. Adhesives are a temporary fix, and the longer you have your denture the more often you need to apply the adhesives. Since many of these products have a noticeable aftertaste, they can interfere with the flavor of the things that you are able to eat.
By getting dental implants, your replacement teeth will be secure in your mouth. You can feel confident that they won’t slip and slide when you are telling that funny story from your last vacation or fall out when you try to bite into your favorite dish.
2. You Can Eat Anything You Want
One of the biggest concerns people have after losing their teeth is eating. While having a nice smile is important, too, the missing function of your lost teeth is more important in many ways.
Without teeth, many foods are practically impossible to eat. As much as you might like soups, smoothies, and mashed potatoes, you probably don’t want them at every meal.
Getting dentures will allow you to eat more things than you can without any teeth, but the benefits are limited. Research has demonstrated that people with traditional dentures can only bite with 20-25 percent of the force of someone with a full set of healthy teeth. That also helps to explain why people with dentures are more likely to suffer from malnutrition as they get older. When you can’t bite and chew comfortably, it changes how and what you eat.
With implants, your dentures have a direct connection to your jawbone. As a result, you can put more force behind every bite. In fact, many patients with implants restore almost all their original biting power. From a practical standpoint, you can continue eating the foods that you love, and eat a variety of foods to meet your complete nutritional needs. In other words, you can enjoy your meals and eat a healthier diet, too.
3. You Can Stop Bone Loss
Whenever you lose teeth, you are more likely to have bone loss in your jaw as well. This is directly related to the fact that you no longer have roots to stimulate your jawbone when you bite or chew.
Dentures don’t fix this problem because they rest outside your gums. This is why many long-time denture wearers start to notice changes in the shape of their faces. As their jaws shrink, that affects how their dentures fit, which also explains why dentures need to be replaced or refitted regularly.
With implant-supported dentures, you have something that replicates the stimulation provided by your roots. This prevents that kind of bone loss normally seen when people don’t replace their teeth or only get dentures.
Feel Like You’ve Got Real Teeth Again
Don’t spend any more time worrying about what’s missing from your mouth. Getting dental implants can help you feel like yourself again. Call Dr. Betts’ office 256-274-8680 today or contact us online to request your appointment. It could be your first step toward a healthier life.