If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the Thanksgiving meal already. This is one of our favorite holidays, and one of the main reasons is the food. Digging into a plate of turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and dressing. We won’t even get started on desserts, but we’re sure you can think of your favorites.
You may not be looking forward to the feast if you are missing teeth, however. Those gaps in your smile can make it difficult to bite and chew many foods. Even if you have traditional dentures, you may find they move around too much for you to enjoy many of the foods you would like to put on your plate.
Dental implants could change that. While it’s probably too late for this Thanksgiving, implants could make a big difference for many Thanksgivings to come. To schedule a consultation at Carmichael Dental Care in Montgomery, AL, call 334-600-1423 today.
Why Implants Make A Difference
Each of your natural teeth is one piece with the root embedded in your jawbone and your crown visible outside the gumline. The roots help to anchor your teeth in place. They also provide valuable stimulation of your jawbone.
Every time you take a bite or chew something, your roots press into your jawbone. In response to this pressure, your jaw creates new bone tissue. This new tissue is necessary to keep your jaw strong. Over time, old tissue is absorbed into your body. Without new tissue to replace it, your jaw will shrink. This is one of the bad consequences of tooth loss.
If you replacing your missing teeth without replacing the roots, your jaw still isn’t getting the stimulation it needs to remain healthy and strong. This is why people who have traditional dentures and bridges can continue to experience bone loss.
Modern implants were developed specifically to function as prosthetic roots for your teeth replacements. With implants, your restorations are more stable and secure. Implants also allow you to stimulate your jawbone, so you do keep making new bone tissue. As a result, you can bite with enough force to chew a bite of Thanksgiving turkey or a piece of pecan pie.
Restore Your Smile
For our patients, we offer a range of treatments that use implants to rebuild smiles as well as the full function of their missing teeth. We will work with you to get:
- Implant-Supported Crowns – A dental crown can be placed on top of an implant to give you a complete tooth replacement. This fills the gaps in your smile. It also prevents drifting, which can change your bite and your smile if you don’t replace the tooth you’ve lost.
- Implant-Supported Bridges – If you need to replace multiple teeth, a few implants can hold your bridge firmly in position. This has an added benefit. By getting implants, you don’t have to grind down nearby teeth to support your bridge like you would if you got a traditional bridge.
- Implant-Supported Dentures – The bone loss that occurs with traditional dentures is a big part of why they become looser over time. By getting implants, you can restore your natural smile and your strong bite. You also can skip the denture adhesives thanks to the supported of your implants.
Take Control Of Your Smile
If you want to eat anything you like at Thanksgiving next year, contact us today to begin your teeth replacement process. A consultation with one of our doctors can help you determine if dental implants are right for you.