Thanksgiving should be a time to celebrate. It’s a day to be grateful for our family and friends and for the many blessings in our lives.
It’s also a day most of us get to enjoy some great food. For people who are fighting with loose dentures or are missing teeth, however, it can be discouraging when you aren’t sure you can bite into or chew the delicious food in front of you.
We want you to enjoy everything about the holidays, including the food. Looking to the future, we want to encourage you to talk to our team about dental implants as a part of your teeth replacements. Your first step is scheduling a consultation at Accura Dental. Call 719-249-2854 now to make an appointment at our Colorado Springs, CO office.
What Happens When You Lose Teeth
You already know that losing teeth is a bad thing. It changes the appearance of your smile. It can affect how you pronounce words, and as we’ve mentioned above, it can affect what you are able to eat. All of these things can hurt your confidence. Those are the immediate effects of missing teeth.
To explain why traditional dentures may not solve your problems, we need to explain what’s happening to your jaw.
The roots of your teeth do two important things for your oral health. First, they anchor your teeth to your jaw. This also helps you generate the power you need to bite into hard foods like nuts and chew things like turkey and ham.
Second, your roots provide stimulation to your jawbone. That stimulation is essential for maintaining your jaw health. Over time, bone tissue is resorbed into your body. The stimulation created by your roots causes your jaw to create new bone tissue, which replaces the old tissues. Without that stimulation, your jaw will shrink.
That deterioration of your jaw changes the shape of your mouth. This is why dentures typically become looser over time. That bone loss also can lead to additional tooth loss, which keeps the cycle going.
Keep Your Jaw In Good Shape
With the development of dental implants, you can take a proactive approach to tooth replacement. Implants are intended to function as artificial roots for your dental restorations.
By getting implant-supported dentures, you can generate enough biting power to eat what you want to eat. You can feel confident about biting into corn on the cob or chewing on a bite of steak. As an added bonus, you won’t need denture adhesives to keep your replacement teeth in position.
If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, you also can use implants to support a dental crown or bridge. This can fill the gaps in your smile, prevent bone loss, and protect the rest of your smile for decades to come.
Enjoy Many Thanksgivings to Come
You don’t have time to get implants before this Thanksgiving, but if you contact us today, you can begin your tooth replacement process. You could be enjoying a great smile along with anything you want to put on your plate by the time next Thanksgiving arrives.
Call 719-249-2854 to make an appointment at Accura Dental in Colorado Springs, CO. You also can contact us online.