Difficulty chewing can be very frustrating and even painful. If you have loose or missing teeth or poorly fitting dentures, it can keep you from enjoying the foods you love. Not only that, the inability to chew can hinder your ability to maintain proper nutrition and digestion, which can affect your overall health. Come and see Dr. Anish Patel at Panama City Smiles to discover all of the possibilities available to help you chew without pain or discomfort again!
I Have Loose or Missing Teeth
Teeth that are loose can make chewing extremely painful. Loose teeth can be the result of neglected oral hygiene and gum disease. We can treat gum disease and do all we can to save the teeth you have. If your loose teeth cannot be saved, they may need to be extracted and replaced.
The best way to replace loose or missing teeth is the permanent solution of dental implants. With implants, we can replace your teeth from root to crown, anchoring them solidly into your jawbone. This will restore the strength and stability you need to chew properly. If implants are not a good option for you, we have other removable tooth replacement options we can explore. Each case is different, so we will perform a thorough exam and evaluation and help you find the best solution.
My Dentures Won’t Cooperate
If your current set of removable dentures are becoming a problem for you, it is time to visit Dr. Patel to see what can be done. After your teeth are extracted, your gum tissue and jaw may shrink or change shape. This can affect the way your dentures fit in your mouth, causing them to shift, slide, or even come out when you chew and speak. Ill-fitting dentures can cause discomfort and embarrassment.
If you are missing all of your teeth, you may want to consider a permanent answer: implant-retained dentures or implant-supported dentures. Using mini implants or 4 to 6 implants in your upper or lower arch, we can craft dentures that stay put and restore your ability to chew with confidence. Implant-retained or implant-supported dentures can be either permanent (fixed) or removable. Both options offer a secure fit, better chewing, and a much-improved ability to taste your food. And, because your upper palate is not covered, you will no longer need any unpleasant adhesives.
What Are My Options?
- Dental Implants – Using titanium tooth roots, surgically implanted into your jaw, dental implants provide a strong and secure anchor for an individual replacement tooth or for fixed or removable dentures and bridges.
- Bridges – If you are missing only a few teeth, bridges can fill the gap with replacement teeth. Bridges can be fixed, permanent using implants, or removable.
- Dentures – Whether a permanent denture or a removable denture works best for you, please consider implant-supported or implant-retained dentures. They are much more secure and easy to use than traditional dentures. If your current dentures will not stay in place, causing you discomfort and embarrassment, ask Dr. Patel if there is a better option for you.
You Can Regain Your Ability to Chew
Imagine being able to enjoy a steak for a special occasion, or not having to think twice about reaching for crunchy vegetables and snacks. Imagine chewing the foods you love without having to worry about discomfort, and having the freedom to make healthier choices about the food you eat. It IS possible. You do not have to settle for soft foods and dentures that shift or fall out. There are many options to improve your ability to chew, speak, and smile without any hesitation. Call Dr. Patel at Panama City Smiles today at (850) 588-0185 or use our online form to make an appointment.