Years ago, every family seemed to have that one person who brought a camera to any gathering. Every time, he or she would ask everyone to gather around for a group photo.
And before every photo, you would get the same instructions, “Smile!”
What that really meant is, “Show your teeth.”
What would you do if someone asked you to be in one of those pictures today? Would you grin from ear to ear or would you keep your lips firmly pressed together to hide you missing teeth?
At Alabama Family Dental, we have seen how devastating losing teeth can be for some people. We’ve had patients who were happy and fun-loving become much less outgoing after their teeth fell out.
Our dentist and our team want to help anyone in or around Mobile, AL, who is missing several or all of their teeth with our cosmetic dentures. You can reclaim your smile (and maybe more).
Dealing With Tooth Loss
Losing your teeth can have a profound impact on your self-esteem.
If you lose several teeth, you may find it more and more difficult to go out with your friends. The looks that you get from them and from strangers can make you self-conscious about speaking, smiling, and laughing.
Most of us take it for granted, but our teeth affect how we pronounce many words and sounds. When you don’t have teeth, you may feel embarrassed when you first try to say certain things.
Over time, you may be able to relearn how to say them, but in the meantime, you may feel discouraged when you know the what you want to say doesn’t sound like what you meant to say.
And we haven’t mentioned eating yet.
If you can’t bite into food and you can’t chew your food, this will severely limit your options. This could remove some of your favorite foods from your diet.
Even if you love soup, mashed potatoes, and smoothies, you probably want some variety in your diet. Your lost teeth can have a big impact on your quality of life.
Thankfully, there are things you can do about that.
If you remember your grandparents having dentures, then you may be concerned that they will look fake or feel uncomfortable.
Today’s dentures are more realistic than they have ever been, and new techniques allow us to make dentures that are more comfortable and more secure, too.
When you get your dentures, you will feel more like your old self. When you smile, and it looks like you have teeth, you will feel more comfortable going to lunch with your coworkers or meeting your friends for dinner.
You will be able to speak like yourself again, too. This may seem like a minor thing for people who have all their teeth. For someone who has been living with missing teeth, this is a huge benefit of having complete or partial dentures to fill in for your missing teeth.
Eating With Dentures
How well you can eat with your dentures depends on the kind of dentures that you have.
An average person with all of his or her teeth bites with a force between 200 and 250 pounds. That’s more than enough to eat practically anything that you would want to try eating.
Traditional dentures, which rest on your gums, can help restore some of that bite force. According to multiple studies, the high end for bite force with regular dentures is about 50 pounds.
This may not be enough to bite into a crisp apple or corn on the cob, but it may be enough to slowly chew a bite of a hamburger. Dentures won’t restore your full chewing power, but you will be able to eat more than you can without them.
You can give your dentures a boost with dental implants, however. Implants, which replace the roots of your missing teeth are placed directly into your jaw.
You may need a little time to heal from this procedure, but once you do, we can attach your dentures to your implants. The end result is that your dentures are more stable and more secure.
Tests have shown that people with implant-supported dentures can regain close to 100 percent of their original bite force. And that means you can eat whatever you want once again.
Show Off Your Smile
The next time somebody asks you to smile for a picture, feel confident and comfortable with your cosmetic dentures from Alabama Family Dental.
Just fill out our online form or call 251-241-0890 to schedule a consultation at our Mobile, AL, dentist office.