If you're having difficulty chewing, we would like to know what the main cause of that is. Is it, again, are you in pain from the teeth, from you can't put pressure on them? Are you having difficulty chewing because you can't find a position to bring your bit together? Are we dealing with some TMJ, joint issues, muscle pain that's again, precluding you from bringing your bite together the right way. We've got to gather information so that we can basically come up with a solution for you and give you some options as to what we can do to help.
Sure, we eat because we need food to survive. But we also eat because we want to feel alive! What happens when chewing becomes difficult or even painful? You start to lose that feeling. Eating becomes something to fear, and while that might sound like a great diet plan, it’s not when it starts to cut into your nutrition and the foods you need to stay sane. If this hasn’t made you miserable yet, it soon will. At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, our dental team can restore your teeth, so they not only look good, they let you eat normally again.
When a tooth is fragile, weak, or slightly damaged, it could feel fine most of the time — until you try chewing food on that side. Then the damage suddenly becomes impossible to ignore. You can alleviate this with a dental crown and Bridges. This is a porcelain cap made to return a tooth to its original color, shape, and function. Crowns cover and seal any minor damage.
And if the pain comes from where you’re missing one or more teeth, crowns can be used to secure a dental bridge in the gap. A bridge uses an artificial tooth made to look and feel just like your other teeth. By securely fitting it into the empty space, you not only get a smile that looks beautiful again, but you help prevent food from building up in the gap. This cuts down on harmful bacteria, reducing your chances at gum disease and cavities.
Dental bridges are excellent ways to restore your smile and help you chew normally again, but even the best bridge will need to be replaced eventually due to normal wear and tear. If you want to avoid having to come in again to have a new bridge made and reattached, you should try dental implants. With a dental implant, a titanium root is implanted in the jawbone below the gap. It fuses with the bone just like a healthy tooth’s root. Once the site has healed, an artificial tooth made to fit your smile is bonded to the new root. Although they can take a while to heal from, dental implants are almost identical to your regular teeth.
Some foods are almost impossible to eat when you’re missing several teeth, especially in a row. If this is stopping you from enjoying fun foods, we offer full and partial dentures. And if you’re getting tired of having your dentures fall out, we can use implants to secure them to your jaw. Permanent or removable, dentures will get you back to eating what you love.
Between dental crowns, dental bridges, dental implants, and dentures, you don’t need to suffer when you’re just trying to eat something tasty. If you have any questions, or if you want to schedule an appointment to fix that chewing problem, call us today at 541-779-4196 or 541-773-4435 or use our online form.
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