Imagine for a second that someone stole all four tires from your car.
If someone offered to replace the missing tires with foam ones that looked like real tires but couldn’t actually support the weight of your car so you could not drive it, would you want them?
More than likely, you would want real tires that would allow you to drive your car.
What does that have to do with dentistry?
Well, many people with missing teeth do something similar. They get dentures, which look like teeth, rather than implant-supported dentures, which function like real teeth.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, call Oregon City Family Dentistry to talk to one of our dentists.
The Limited Benefits Of Dentures
We understand why many people get dentures.
When you lose your teeth, it’s embarrassing.
It doesn’t matter why you lost them. You can tell when other people are distracted when you try to talk to them. Instead of listening to what you are saying, many people are staring at your mouth, even if they don’t realize they are doing it.
Without teeth, your smile just doesn’t look right, either. If you don’t like your smile, then you may avoid smiling as much as possible. This can lead people to think that you are sad or upset.
With dentures, you can speak and smile, and you look like you have teeth … as long as your dentures stay in place. Anyone who has had dentures long enough has probably experienced their dentures coming loose at an inopportune moment.
The other problem with dentures is eating. You can eat some things without any problems (soup, mashed potatoes, etc.). You can eat other things (hamburgers, chicken), although it may take more effort than it did before you lost your teeth.
And you may have given up trying to eat a few other things (apples, corn on the cob).
Why Dentures Aren’t Enough?
Denture adhesives can help, but you may not want to have that taste in your mouth all the time.
Even with adhesive, your bite force won’t be what it used to be.
The average person has a bite force between 200 and 250 pounds. Studies have shown that the average denture wearer only has about one-fifth or one-sixth of their original bite force.
In other words, if you used to have 250 pounds of force, now you may only have 50. This could explain why biting into a carrot isn’t as simple as you thought it would be.
How Dental Implants Can Help?
Part of the reason people can generate 250 pounds of force with their teeth is because our teeth have roots.
Our roots are like anchors that hold our teeth securely in our jaws. This allows us to bite confidently and comfortably into almost anything that we want to eat.
Dental implants are intended to replace the roots of our missing teeth. Modern dental implants are made of titanium. This is because titanium goes through a process called osseointegration.
After your implants are placed, your jawbone will grow around them and bond to them. The keeps your implants secure and stable in your mouth.
Individual implants can be used support a dental crown. One or two implants can support a dental bridge.
And a series of dental implants can support a complete arch of dentures. That’s not the same thing as regrowing your teeth, but it’s the closest thing dentistry can offer to true teeth replacement.
While more implants create more stability, it is possible to place as few as four implants (with the All-on-4 procedure) to hold your dentures firmly in your mouth.
Like that set of replacement tires, your implant-secured dentures will give you everything that you want.
Your mouth will look like it has a full set of teeth. You can smile and speak without worrying that your dentures could come loose just as you were getting to the end of one of your funny stories.
And you will be able to order anything you want when you go out to eat with your family and friends. With implants, you can regain almost your full bite force in just a few months.
If you have dentures or you are thinking about getting a set, please visit our dentist office in Oregon City, OR, before you make your decision. We would like to discuss the benefits dental implants can provide for you.
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