Imagine two older gentlemen. They met decades ago and they have remained friends into their retirement. Once a week they have a lunch — just the two of them — and today they have decided to try a new restaurant.
The first man looks over the menu for something he wants to eat. The other man is hunting for something that he can eat. The other man kind of wishes they had gone to one of their regular spots.
The other man isn’t a picky eater. He has traditional dentures, which means he worries about his “teeth” getting pulled out and about ordering something that might be too difficult to chew.
That’s not a concern for the first man. He got a set of dental implants, so he is confident that his dentures will stay in place no matter what he orders. He tells his friend all the time to get implants because it will make his daily experiences (like dining out with an old friend) even better.
If you would rather be the first man than the other man, then you should make an appointment with Dr. Hugh B. Rosenblatt, our dentist in Boynton Beach, FL. To contact us, call (561) 877-3802 or fill out our online form today!
If you a fan of the original Star Trek television show, then you may recall Scotty (the ship’s engineer) saying that he was giving them all the power he could.
If you have traditional dentures, you may come to feel that way as well. Studies have shown that people with traditional dentures can generate up to 50 pounds of pressure with their bite. That’s only about 25 percent of someone with a full set of healthy teeth.
This is why something like chewing a piece of steak or a bite of chicken can take a lot more effort when you have dentures.
But power isn’t the only issue when you are trying to eat with dentures. They are not anchored to your jawbone like your teeth once were. As a result, biting into an apple, carrots, or corn on the cob could pull your “teeth” out of place or even out of your mouth.
You can try a denture adhesive, but this is far from a perfect solution. The adhesive may make your dentures a little more secure, but the effects are temporary. Plus, we’ve heard from more than one patient that adhesives have ruined the taste of their food.
Dental implants are made to replace the roots of your missing teeth. Like your roots, implants are placed directly into your jawbone. When your dentures are attached to your implants, you can restore the direct connection to your jaw.
How does this improve your bite force? Studies have found patients with implant-supported dentures have 80, 90, and sometimes nearly 100 percent of their biting power.
That makes you feel much more confident that you will be able to comfortably chew or bite into whatever you want to eat.
The implants also make your dentures more secure. This means you won’t be worried that they will get pulled out of position when you dig into your next meal.
Knowing that you can eat what you want without worrying about losing your “teeth,” you will understand that you aren’t going to lose your implant-supported dentures while you are speaking, either. As almost anyone who has had traditional dentures has learned, this is something that can and does happen when they least expect it.