There are many processes that our bodies do to help us live normal lives. Some of these our body do involuntarily, like breathing, while others we do voluntarily, like talking. Unless there is something wrong with your body that limits one of these functions, you will probably never even think about the actual processes of doing them.
One voluntary movement that we all have to do to function properly is chew. If you have a problem with your mouth or teeth, it might be difficult for you to do this task, and you have to constantly think about how and what you are going to eat, or, for some of you, suffer through the pain.
No one, including us, wants eating to be a miserable experience! Here are a few reasons our patients have problems chewing and what our team in Kennewick, WA can do to help them regain their chewing powers!
Reason 1: I Can’t Chew Because I Have a Disease or an Infection
One side effect of an oral infection or disease is losing the ability to chew. One of these diseases is gum disease. In its early stages, you won’t have problems chewing at all, and, in fact, you will probably not even be aware that you have the disease!
As it progresses, though, you’ll start to notice discomfort, swelling, and bleeding in your gums, which may prevent you from brushing your teeth as well as you should and eating things that hurt your gums.
Eventually, gum disease—called periodontitis in its late stages—can lead to your teeth separating from one another and even tooth loss! Sounds painful!
Luckily, there’s an easy solution. Our experienced team of dental hygienists here at Marineland Dental Care can help you prevent and treat gum disease with a thorough, professional cleaning. They’ll really clean between your teeth, where bacteria festers, and they’ll even provide you with helpful tips to prevent or get rid of gum disease at home.
Every time you come in for a cleaning, we’ll check the condition of your gums to make sure they aren’t diseased so that you can eat comfortably (and with no fear of losing your teeth!).
Another reason you might not be able to chew well is because one or more of your teeth have pulp inside that’s infected or inflamed! This can give you a terrible toothache that makes eating a painful challenge.
Dr. Hadley and his staff provide specialized treatment for toothaches caused by tooth infections, including root canals. During a root canal, we’ll take away the decay in your tooth and then fill the cavity.
Before you start thinking, “Root canal??!! That sounds terrible!” we want you to understand that a lot of the stigma associated with root canals doesn’t exist anymore. You don’t have to be afraid of a root canal with us because we can open your tooth and fill it in one visit, which cuts back dramatically on complications after the procedure. Read more about root canals in one of last month’s blog here.
Reason 2: I Can’t Chew Because I’m Missing Teeth
This might be the answer you’d come up with if we asked you to think of a reason someone can’t chew.
If some of your teeth are missing, you have to put more pressure on your remaining teeth to chew, plus food can be painful when it rubs up against the exposed gums every time you bite down. (Think of how it would feel to chew an apple or crackers with just your gums!)
We have some solutions for missing teeth. One is a bridge, which fills the gap in your smile by “bridging” the gap. A bridge can fit between your existing teeth or it can be supported by implants.
Another solution for your missing teeth are implants. Implants can replace one or more of your missing teeth. These permanent titanium screws are placed into your tooth root, which automatically fuses to your jawbone, so that a crown or artificial tooth that matches the rest of your teeth can be placed on top of the implant post.
Implants are strong and permanent, so once they’re placed and the crown or bridge is secured on top, you can chew normal foods as you would with your natural teeth.
Reason 3: I Can’t Chew Because of My Dentures
We see many patients who have trouble chewing because of their dentures, especially their lower dentures. Their dentures may slide and move around while they eat, which makes chewing troublesome and even impossible for certain types of hard, chewy, or sticky foods. Sometimes, dentures don’t fit well, which can cause more chewing problems.
Just as implants can help restore missing teeth, they can also help keep your lower dentures from sliding around! In fact, implants can be placed and then dentures secured on top so that your dentures never have to move around when you eat again! You can then chew with confidence!
Choose to Chew at Marineland Dental Care
We would love for you to come in to see us so that we can help you chew again! Contact us now and tell us what your chewing concerns are so that we can come up with the best chewing solution for you.