December 11, 2017
Which of these would you like for Christmas?
⃞ A new sweater
⃞ New shoes
⃞ The ability to smile and to eat anything you want again
If you gave the third answer, then today’s blog is for you. We may not be able to give you that in time for this Christmas, but our full-mouth reconstruction could make many future Christmases (and other holidays) more enjoyable for you.
Restorative dentistry has come a long way. With dental implants, we can do things at our Boynton Beach, FL dentist office that wouldn’t have been possible for previous generations.
What Is Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
This is something that may not have been possible without dental implants.
Implants are replacements for the roots of missing teeth. They add stability to teeth replacements such as dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also add more power behind your bite, which means they don’t just look like teeth, they function nearly as well as natural teeth, too.
Before modern root-form implants were developed, people could get replacements that looked like missing teeth. The problem is that they often did not function as well as real teeth do.
Traditional dentures, for example, can only bring back about 25 percent of someone’s biting power. As a result, people with dentures often gave up trying to eat many of their favorite foods.
This can reduce the enjoyment you get from eating. We’ve heard from multiple patients with dentures who feel uncomfortable dining out with family and friends because they aren’t sure if they will be able to eat anything besides soup.
By getting implant-supported dentures, you can restore 90 percent of your original biting power. This means the entire menu is an option again. It means you can enjoy eating with your family and friends, again, whether you are trying a new restaurant to gathering for a Christmas dinner.
How Implants Make Full-Mouth Reconstruction Possible
Dental crowns, bridges, and dentures only replace the natural crowns of your teeth. That’s fine from an aesthetic point of view. The materials used to make modern crowns, bridges, and dentures are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth.
But if you don’t replace the roots of your missing teeth, then you haven’t fully replaced what’s missing.
Roots are anchored in your upper and lower jawbones. This helps to keep your teeth in place, and it also creates a direct connection to those bones. That connection allows you to generate more force with each bite and chew, which is why you could eat comfortably before you lost your teeth.
That isn’t the only thing your roots did, however. Every time you took a bite or chewed, your roots pressed into your jawbone. Your jaw responded to this pressure by making new bone tissue. This is important because the new tissue replaced old bone tissue.
Without roots, you don’t create that pressure. Without that pressure, your jaw doesn’t create new bone tissue. Without new bone tissue, your jaw will become smaller. This is why people with traditional dentures can develop a “sunken” look the longer they have their dentures.
By getting dental implants to hold your dentures in place, you have a new way to create that pressure. This lets your jawbone continue making new bone tissue, and that prevents the gradual deterioration of your jaw.
Full-Mouth Reconstruction Can Be Good For Your Health, Too
When you have dental implants to keep your replacement teeth secure, you also are able to eat a wider variety of foods.
Apples are a great example of this. With traditional dentures, biting into an apple could pull your “teeth” out of your mouth. With implant-supported dentures, you can bite and chew an apple easily and comfortably.
Being able to eat fruits and vegetables, along with protein-packed foods like steak and chicken, means you can get the nutrients you need to be healthier. Studies have shown that people with traditional dentures often have more limited diets, which can cause them to live shorter lives in part due to malnutrition.
We want you to be able to eat the foods you enjoy and the variety of foods you need to be healthy. Find out what we can do for you by contacting Dr. Rosenblatt’s office in Boynton Beach, FL.