Eat, Smile Like You’ve Got Real Teeth
Bill and Joe take their seats in one of the booths at the new diner that just opened in their neighborhood. They’ve been friends since childhood, through their marriages, through their tooth loss (and replacements), and now, in retirement.
They still get together a couple times each week for lunch and to catch-up.
Bill has been in a good mood. He recently got dental implants, and he feels like he’s got “real teeth” again. Joe has been living with traditional dentures for years, and it’s taking a toll on his smile … and how much he’s able to enjoy his time with Bill.
We’ll discuss some of the reasons for that below. In the meantime, if you want to find out if implants could help you or someone you love, call 904-299-8951 to set up an consultation at River Oaks Dental in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Rachel Monteiro would be happy to answer your questions about implants.
Build Confidence By Restoring Your Smile
Bill knows that his dentures aren’t going to move. With implants to hold them securely in place, he can order anything that he wants from the menu. He jokes around with the server and even a few other patrons while he waits for his food to arrive.
Joe doesn’t feel nearly as confident. His dentures feel loose. Even though he put on some denture adhesive before they came to eat, he still knows there are many things that he needs to avoid. Biting into the wrong thing can pull his dentures out, and other foods are just too hard to chew. (Besides, the adhesive has an aftertaste that changes the flavor of his meal anyway.)
For that matter, Joe also has learned (the hard way) that his dentures can fall out anytime he’s talking. It’s just one of the reasons he’s become less talkative over the years.
How Implants Help
What we consider modern implants have been around since the 1960s. The basic purpose is to replace the roots of your missing teeth. Other restorations — dentures, bridges, and dental crowns — replace the natural crowns of lost teeth.
Like your roots once did for your teeth, your implants anchor your dentures (or other restorations) to your jawbone. That lets you bite and chew with nearly as much power as someone with a full set of healthy teeth.
Implants also help with another problem — bone loss. When you had roots, they would stimulate your jawbone when you ate. That caused new bone tissue to form, which kept your jaw healthy. Without implants, your dentures just rest outside your gums. They don’t provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to make new tissue. As a result, your jaw to get smaller, which also helps explain why dentures feel looser over time.
Get the Support You Need
We’ve helped many patients feel less like Joe and more like Bill. Could dental implants do the same thing for you? To find out, schedule an appointment at River Oaks Dental. Call our Jacksonville dentist office at 904-299-8951.