A Bite Force To Be Reckoned With
You never knew how much your teeth affected your life until you lost them.
Now, you are embarrassed to have your picture taken. You don’t like going out in public, and you are stuck eating soft, mushy foods all the time.
Sure, you like mashed potatoes, but you would like to be able to dig into a steak or to bite into an apple again.
Hubbard & Leath Dental can show you how to regain your ability to eat those foods and plenty of others.
If you live in Rochester Hills, Troy, or anywhere in between, call or come by our dentist office to learn about dentures, including implant-supported dentures.
You might be surprised at how much you can get back.
A Common Problem
Tooth loss is much more common in the United States than many people realize.
The American College of Prosthodontists reported that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth.
The college also noted that 12 million Americans are missing at least one arch of teeth, and another 23 million Americans no longer have any of their real teeth.
Poor oral hygiene is obviously a factor in some cases, but tooth loss also can be the result of some diseases or a complication of a disease.
Dentures are the most common solution to the problem of missing teeth. In fact 90 percent of people who are missing one or both arches of their teeth get dentures.
What can dentures do?
Well, they can improve the appearance of your smile. This is a benefit as long as they stay in place.
If you know someone who has dentures — or you are a person with dentures — then you know that they do move around. Even the best adhesives won’t keep your dentures in place all the time.
Dentures can come loose when you are trying to speak, and they can come out when you are trying to eat.
You can even lose your dentures while skydiving.
OK … maybe that last one isn’t a common reason, but it still proves our point. Dentures are not going to stay in place unless you have something stronger than a pasty adhesive to keep them there.
Why Eating With Dentures Can Be Difficult
If you have dentures, we probably don’t need to explain this to you. If you are thinking about dentures, we’ll try to put dining into perspective.
Can you eat corn? You can probably chew kernels of corn or corn pudding.
Can you eat corn on the cob? You can try, but you may not have enough strength to take a good bite.
If you would like bite into that corn on the cob, to chew up a piece of steak, or to bite into a handful of nuts, then you should consider dental implants to support your dentures.
A person with all of his or her teeth has a bite force between 200 and 250 pounds, according to a piece by dentist Thomas Connelly for The Huffington Post.
Your bite force is closer to 50 pounds when your dentures are “held” in place by an adhesive,. That’s certainly better than nothing, but it’s a far cry from the 200 pounds of force you used to be able to generate.
By comparison, research suggests that people can regain up to 85 percent of their original bite force within a few months after receiving dental implants. With more time, that bite force gets closer to 100 percent.
To make that clearer, 85 percent would be 170 pounds of force with dental implants. Even if it never got any better, that’s more than three times the meager 50 pounds of force you can generate with dentures alone.
How Implants Work
Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are placed directly into your jaw. They replace the roots of your missing teeth.
After the implants are placed, your bone bonds to them as it heals. This holds your implants in place, which also provides a solid foundation for your dentures.
This keeps them stable and secure when you are speaking and when you are eating. (We can’t tell you if they pass the skydiving test.)
How You Can Get Implants
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we can place your dental implants and provide dentures for you. This may not be the same as having your real teeth, but it’s the next best thing available in modern dentistry.