June 9, 2015
Welcome back to the blog of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, where we take this opportunity to keep the people of Belleville, IL informed and up to date on matters of modern dentistry and oral health. In our blog, we sang the praises of a high fiber diet. Dietary fiber provides various health benefits all across the major systems of your body, from relieving constipation to regulating blood sugar, and many more. Dietary fiber will even help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but only if you actually chew the food containing the fiber. And for that you need a healthy set of strong teeth.
So, what if you have some missing teeth, or unhealthy teeth weakened by decay? Your ability to chew will become greatly compromised, and as a result, so does your ability to eat healthy foods.
But that doesn’t mean you are stuck in an unhealthy cycle of tooth decay. You can get you ability to chew healthy foods back with a tooth replacement from Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC.
Dentures Are All About the Fit
Dentures have been around for centuries, some where made from gold, others from whale bone, and some where even made from human teeth. They are probably still the most well known form of tooth replacement, and they work well, as long as the fit is perfect.
Dentures are held in place only by suction and dental adhesive. This means there will be some restrictions on what you will be able to eat. Sticky foods could pull the dentures out. Hot liquids could loosen the adhesive. So, you will have to be very careful about what you eat, especially at social events, like dinners and parties.
One of biggest problems with dentures is that they will not support your gums and jawbone, so your jaw could deteriorate, changing the shape of your gums, and weakening the fit of your dentures. This means they will be more likely to slide around inside your mouth, causing discomfort and sores. Loose dentures also tend to fall out while you eat or laugh, which can be quite embarrassing, and affect your self-confidence in social situations.
Dental Implants Give You a Secure Fit
The most natural and secure form of tooth replacement are dental implants, which not only replace the crown of your teeth, like dentures, but also the root. Dental implants are small posts that are surgically implanted directly into your jawbone. These posts are usually made from titanium, not only because it is strong, but titanium is very receptive to integration with human bone. The bone matter actually grows into the surface of the titanium posts, which creates a solidly secure new root for your replacement tooth.
After your implants have healed, we will place a dental crown on top of them, so you will have a brand new tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace any and all of your teeth, and they will give you back the ability to thoroughly chew healthy foods. Another benefit to dental implants is that they will keep your jaw from deteriorating, so you you do not have to worry about your face hanging shape and aging you prematurely.
Come Visit Our Office in Belleville
When you visit the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, we will perform a thorough examination and evaluate your tooth replacement options. The sooner you come in, the sooner we can get you eating healthy foods and feeling great.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.