Do You Want Dentures … Or Something Better?
If people were like alligators, we wouldn’t have to worry about losing teeth. Alligators can regrow missing teeth up to 50 times in their lifetimes.
If we could do this, we wouldn’t need teeth replacements. Unless that change, we will need dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures to restore our smiles.
But we need a something more to restore our bite. We also need dental implants. Fortunately for our patients in and around Millburn, NJ, our dentist office offers everything you need to restore your smile and to restore your bite.
The Whole ‘Tooth’
For centuries, tooth replacements have been fairly limited. By this, we mean that tooth replacements were primarily crown replacements.
Dental crowns and bridges could replace the visible part of your damaged or missing teeth. Dentures did the same but for several teeth or entire rows of teeth. The problem is these replacements were missing something.
They did not include replacements for the roots of your teeth. This may not have affected the appearance of your smile, but it could make a difference in the function of your replacement teeth.
For example, research has shown that patients with traditional dentures can restore up about 25 percent of their bite force or around 50 pounds of pressure. By comparison, a person with a full set of healthy teeth can bite with 200 pounds of pressure or more.
This affect how you eat as well as what you can eat. It’s the difference between taking a bite out of a fresh, crisp apple or an apple pulling your dentures out of place. It’s the difference between comfortably chewing a bite of steak or chewing … and chewing and chewing … each and every bite.
To restore the full function of your lost teeth, you need to replace the whole tooth. That’s where dental implants come into play.
Back To Your Roots
We can’t regrow teeth (like the alligators we mentioned earlier), which is why dental implants have been an invaluable development in the world of restorative dentistry.
Implants are prosthetic roots. Like roots, they anchor your teeth replacements to your jaw. This adds both stability and power, so your replacement teeth can function practically as well as your real ones once did.
Implants can be used to support a single tooth replacement (dental crown), a replacement for multiple teeth (dental bridge), or a replacement for a row of teeth (dentures). In each of these cases, implants keep your teeth replacements secure and create a direct connection to your jaw.
From a cosmetic standpoint, your crown, bridge, or dentures can be designed to look so similar to natural teeth that most people won’t be able to tell the difference. From a functional standpoint, implant-supported teeth replacements work nearly as well as real teeth, too.
This is best shown with implant-supported dentures. This starts with a series of carefully placed dental implants. After they have been placed and you have recovered from this procedure, we can design a set of dentures that can be attached to your implants.
Studies have shown that people with implant-supported dentures restore 80, 90, and nearly 100 percent of the biting power in some cases. Again, this is the difference between taking a satisfying bite of corn on the cob or eating individual kernels of corn with a fork.
This may not change the taste, but knowing that you can eat what you want to eat does matter. It certainly makes a difference when you are dining out. Would you rather search the menu for food you want to eat or spend your time looking for foods that you can eat?
What Will You Do For Yourself?
If you have had dentures for a reasonable amount of time, then you have learned their limitations. You also have learned the frustrations that come with “teeth” that fall out when you are eating or just talking to someone else.
With dental implants from Millburn Dental Arts, you can take care of those issues. Your implants can give you back more than your smile. Your implants can give you the confidence to order a steak with steamed carrots, and your implants can help you trust that your “teeth” will stay in place when you want to share a story with your family and friends.