If you have lost one or more teeth and you really want to maintain your quality of life, dental implants are the best choice. They are especially the best choice if you are concerned about enjoying eating after you get your smile restored. Here are many of the ways that dental implants make it easier to enjoy eating.

Bite Hard

If you have lost one or more teeth, the strength of your bite can be dramatically impacted. Dentures sit on top of your gums, which aren’t meant to support the force of your bite. Dental implants, on the other hand, are anchored in the bone, which lets you bite down as hard as you did with your natural teeth.

couple enjoying a meal with family, apples in a bowl

Chew Naturally

Another problem with dentures is that the natural chewing motion we use can dislodge them. While most of us chew with a complex combination of up-and-down and side-to-side motions, these motions will dislodge dentures, which is why denture wearers have to learn to chew straight up and down.

Avoid Gum Irritation

Dentures are on top of your gums, and when you bite down, this can put stress on your gums, leading to pain. And food can get caught up underneath a denture, causing painful pressure. This is especially true for small seeds like poppy seeds, but almost any food can cause this problem.

Keep Food from Sticking

Dentures that are made of plastic have a tendency to get food stuck to them. This is true of both partial and full dentures. It’s especially problematic with bread, which can turn to glue and cling to your dentures.

Then there’s the problem of food getting up under the denture where your tongue can’t get it.

And if you remove a partial denture, you end up with a large gap where food can get trapped.

But dental implants are more like the texture of your natural teeth, which means they don’t stick to food.

Taste Your Food Better

Both partial and full dentures can impair your ability to taste food because they have plates that cover much of your mouth’s surface. It’s not just your tongue that tastes, it’s your entire mouth. And the upper palate may do as much tasting, or more, of your food as your tongue.

Because dental implants don’t need a plate to secure them, they let you fully enjoy the taste of your food.

Enjoy a Better Life with Dental Implants

If you are looking for a tooth replacement option that lets you preserve your lifestyle, then dental implants are definitely the choice for you. To learn more about dental implants in the Hilton Head area, please call (843) 706-2999 for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry.