Improve Your Ability To Chew Your Food with Dental Implants

Dental implants have been around since the 1950s, and for good reason – they’re able to improve function and prevent dental issues from occurring. When you’re missing a tooth, various issues can cause your bite to become misaligned, and therefore alter how you chew your food.

Teeth Shift With Time

When you have one or more missing teeth, the rest of your teeth gently shift towards that area as time goes on. There are a few reasons that this can affect your ability to chew:

 

  • Misaligned Bite: You may notice a soreness on your neighboring teeth when you try to chew. That’s because you’re hitting your shifted teeth at an angle, and putting pressure on them that they would not have otherwise experienced.

 

 

  • Wear and Tear: When your teeth shift, you put extra pressure and stress on them without knowing it. This can lead to soreness, physical wear, and actually shave away your teeth over time. The result is a misaligned bite and weak or micro fractured tooth, which can split, chip, or crack if you aren’t careful.

 

How Do Dental Implants Prevent or Fix Problems?

By returning your bite (and smile) back to a perfectly straight position, or utilizing dental implants to avoid these issues altogether, you ensure an even bite. This evenly balances the stress of chewing on your teeth, alleviating major stress from one side of your mouth. If you’ve experienced sensitivity on one side of your mouth while chewing, dental implants, paired with dental crowns, are able to help.

Other Benefits of Dental Implants

Apart from realigning your bite and aiding in chewing, there are a few other primary benefits of dental implants:

 

  • Cosmetic Lift: A straighter smile helps with your confidence, and allows you to smile freely without fear.

 

 

  • Gum Protection: When your tooth is removed, exposed gum and jawbone are susceptible to bacteria found in your mouth, which may lead to infection or other serious medical issues. Dental implants provide protection.

 

Call us today to ask any questions you have regarding dental implants, and schedule your no-risk consultation to see if you’re eligible for dental implants, and the many benefits they offer.