The inability to chew can be a huge drag on your life.

Just think about your favorite summertime foods. If it hurts to chew, it’s hard to dig into a delicious apple. If it hurts to chew, it’s nearly impossible to enjoy corn on the cob at your afternoon cookout. If it hurts to chew, that big juicy steak can turn into a nightmarish toothache.

But the problems caused by an inability to chew can become worse than just problematic quality-of-life issues. When it hurts to chew, it’s natural to eat more and more soft foods. Things like soup, mashed potatoes, and ice cream. Though certain soft foods are certainly delicious, they often lack essential nutrients like fiber and protein. Keep up that diet for too long and you could begin to suffer health issues like malnutrition.

So what can you do about it? The root cause of an inability to chew is often dental problems. If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, it may quite simply hurt to chew. If you’re missing teeth, chewing puts additional and potentially painful forces on your remaining teeth. If you’re stuck in a pair of ill-fitting dentures, you may have the desire to eat certain foods but lack the actual ability to do so.

Luckily, summer is just getting started, so there’s still plenty of time to correct your dental problems in time for a Fourth of July barbecue. At Plymouth Dentistry, we pride ourselves on offering numerous restorative dentistry procedures that can help restore your ability to chew. So in today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to give you three potential solutions for restoring your chewing ability. Let’s get started!

Solution #1: Restore Your Chewing Ability with Dental Crowns and Bridges

Oftentimes a damaged or decayed tooth can be repaired with a tooth-colored dental filling. But if your tooth is too damaged or decayed, you may need a dental crown to restore your chewing ability. A dental crown is essentially a cap that fits over your existing tooth. Our dental crowns perfectly replicate the appearance of your natural teeth, so they will blend right into your smile. Once your dental crown has been placed, you can say goodbye to toothaches caused by a damaged or decayed tooth!

We can also use dental crowns to form a dental bridge and replace a missing tooth. Placing a dental bridge is a relatively fast and noninvasive way to restore a missing tooth. We simply place a dental crown on either side of your missing tooth or teeth. These dental crowns are then used to hold an additional dental crown in place of your missing tooth. A dental bridge can restore much of your chewing ability but isn’t as strong or durable as dental implants.

Solution #2: Permanently Replace Your Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Many patients now prefer dental implants to restore their missing teeth. What is a dental implant? A dental implant is essentially a biocompatible screw that is surgically placed into your jaw where it integrates into your bone matter. Once a dental implant has healed, it serves as an artificial tooth root for a dental restoration.

At Plymouth Dentistry, we work with a local oral surgeon to have your dental implant placed. After your implant has been placed, we can produce an incredibly lifelike dental crown on the dental implant to take the place of your missing tooth. A dental implant crown restores nearly 100 percent of your natural chewing ability!

Solution #3: Upgrade Your Dentures for More Chewing Power

Ill-fitting or low-quality dentures can turn any meal into a downright arduous task. It’s hard to enjoy your favorite foods when you’re worried about dentures falling out onto the table! Whether you need a new pair of dentures or your first pair of dentures, we can supply customized, premium dentures (both full and partial dentures). Our dentures are specially fitted to help you enjoy your favorite foods once more.

But if you really want to stop having to worry about your dentures falling out, we may recommend implant-supported dentures or implant-retained dentures. Truly the next generation of dentures, implant-supported dentures and implant-retained dentures are held securely in place with dental implants. That means no more nasty denture adhesives to worry about!

Make An Appointment

Are you ready to regain your full chewing ability and start enjoying your favorite foods again? Then schedule a consultation at Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI. We can provide high-quality dental crowns, dental bridges, dental implants, and dentures to get you chewing again. To reach our office, call (734) 224-4359 or schedule an appointment online.