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Losing Teeth Means Missing More Than a Smile

Restorative Dentistry 1 | Dr. Jerry Farrell

Dining out isn’t the same when you only have dentures.

You probably remember a time when you could order anything you wanted. Whether you were in the mood for steamed carrots smothered in butter, a juicy steak, or a crunchy cookie after your meal, you knew you could eat it.

Now, you hunt the menu for the foods that won’t pull your dentures out or wear out your jaw as you try to chew them.

It doesn’t have to be that way. You can change your situation. Start by calling 607-304-3993 to make an appointment with Dr. Jerry Farrell.

He provides full-mouth reconstruction at our office in Johnson City, NY. This is just what it sounds like. You can smile and eat like you’ve got a brand-new set of teeth.

Dentures Don’t Do Enough

Many people feel optimistic when they first get their dentures. After all, it’s a big improvement compared to having no teeth at all.

If your dentures fit correctly, you can learn to eat some foods again. You may not be able to take a satisfying bite of sweet corn on the cob, but you can eat the kernels that have been cut off the cob.

Chewing is a little more difficult, too. You can eat chicken if you cut it into smaller bites and you chew it a little longer, right?

No matter how well your dentures fit when you first get them, they will gradually get looser. You might try using a denture adhesive. This can keep your dentures a little more secure temporarily, but the trade-off is that the adhesive can change the taste of your food.

Eventually, your dentures will start coming loose when you talk, too. As you trust your dentures less and less, you may find yourself hesitant to speak up out of fear of embarrassment that your dentures might fall out.

Secure Your Teeth

The solution to your problem is getting dental implants.

Modern implants were created to replace your missing roots. Your implants are embedded directly into your jawbone, where the roots of your teeth once were.

They anchor your dentures in place, and they allow you to put more power behind every bite and chew that you make.

This is also good for your jaw. As you eat, you will be pressing your implants into your jawbone. Your jawbone responds to this stimulation by making new bone tissue. This is essential for your long-term bone health since new tissue is needed to replace old bone tissue as it is reabsorbed into your body.

This also explains why traditional dentures get looser the longer you have them. Since the rest over your gums, they are not stimulating the bone below your gumline. As a result, you will lose bone density in your jaw. This affects the shape of your mouth and changes how your dentures fit.

Get Back Everything You’ve Lost

By getting implant-supported dentures, you aren’t just giving yourself a new smile. You are rebuilding a full set of teeth, roots and all.

As a result, you could eat, speak, and smile with confidence that your “teeth” will stay in place.

Dr. Farrell would be happy to answer any questions you have about implant-supported dentures and to examine your mouth and jaw to find out if you are a good candidate for this service. To schedule a consultation, start by calling 607-304-3993 or filling out our online form.

Call Today to Make an Appointment

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