You may remember as a child watching someone dip a crisp, red apple into a pot of warm caramel. While it was fascinating to watch the caramel cover the fruit, you really couldn’t wait for that first sweet, delicious bite.
Today, you may have dipped a few caramel apples yourself to share with your children and grandchildren. At the same time, you may have to pass on eating one yourself for one simple reason.
You have dentures.
Sure, you could put some denture adhesive in your mouth, but even that might not be enough to hold your dentures in place when you try to bite this tasty treat. And even if you could, it wouldn’t taste the same because of the denture adhesive.
Our professionals at Lakeside Dentistry aren’t going to encourage you to eat sweets. But we also understand that it’s normal for people to have a treat sometimes.
If you do decide you want a caramel apple again, we want you to enjoy eating it. You can with a set of dental implants to hold your dentures securely in place.
To learn more about what implants could do for you, keep reading, or better still, make an appointment at our dentist office in Rochester, MN. Call us at 507-316-6444, or fill out our online form if you are ready to set up a consultation with one of our dentists.
Eating Without Dental Implants
Tooth loss remains an all-too-common issue for millions of Americans. Understandably, your risk of tooth loss increases as you get older.
Many people elect to get traditional dentures when they need to replace a complete row of teeth. From a cosmetic standpoint, this makes sense. Modern dentures look much more natural than they ever have.
Your smile can look as good or better than it did when you dentures are in place. And that’s the rub. Traditional dentures don’t always stay in place. Biting into something like an apple (caramel-coated or not) or corn on the cob is as likely to pull your “teeth” out of place.
Chewing with traditional dentures can be difficult as well. This is why many people with dentures quit eating chicken and steak in favor of soup and mashed potatoes.
Traditional dentures are not secure. They are not stable. For all practical purposes, they float over your gums. This is why they are prone to slip out of place.
Studies have shown that traditional dentures can only restore about ¼ of your original biting power. That explains why eating can be so much more difficult with dentures.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You can eat what you want again.
Restoring Your Biting Power With Dental Implants
You may not restore 100 percent of your original bite force with dental implants, but it’s pretty common for patients to regain 90 percent or more of that power.
What does that mean for you? If you have dental implants you can eat:
▹ Corn on the cob
▹ Peanut butter
▹ And more (including those caramel apples)
Why is this possible? It’s because dental implants do far more than denture adhesives ever could. Implants replace the roots of your teeth. Like your roots, implants are embedded directly into your jawbone. This does a few important things.
First, your implants act as an anchor. They hold your dentures securely in place. This is why you won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping out whether you are chatting with your friends or delivering a public speech.
Second, your implants create a direct connection from your jawbone to your dentures. This is where the power comes from in your bite. This allows you to push your teeth with greater force, which is why you will be able to eat whatever you want again.
Last, but not least, your implants help prevent your jaw from shrinking. Each time you take a bite or chew with implant-supported dentures, those implants push into your jaw. Your jaw reacts to this pressure by creating new bone tissue.
That keeps your jaw healthy. That keeps your jaw strong. That connection prevents the kind of bone loss that occurs when you have traditional dentures.
Find Out More About Dental Implants
In addition to standard implant-supported dentures, we also offer All-on-4® implants at our Rochester, MN, dentist office. This procedure allows you to begin enjoying the benefits of implant-supported dentures much sooner.