Did you know, alligators can regrow a lost tooth up to 50 times during their lifetime.

If only people had the same ability, we wouldn’t have to worry about losing our teeth as we get older or due to our poor dental hygiene.

However, we are not that lucky. Tooth loss can severely impact our ability to eat the foods we love. And most importantly, it can affect the nutrition that we receive through the foods we have to give up.

The scientists say that people with dentures, or fewer teeth find it difficult to eat foods such as fibrous fruits and vegetables, nuts and meat, which are essential for good nutrition.

Although dentures improve chewing function, the bite force is much weaker than that of natural teeth, meaning users often avoid certain foods. The bite relationships on dentures may have a lot to do with how and why you cannot eat with them.  They are like snow shoes.  If you bite down on one side, it lifts up.  If you bite down in the front, the top teeth lose their suction.  So- how do you eat?

If you had just a quarter of your biting and chewing ability, you may have to quit eating things like steak and chicken, nuts and raw vegetables, and treats like cookies. When you cut out some of those foods, it’s easy to see how you might struggle with getting nutrients you need from your diet.

Denture wearers and those with fewer teeth were 32 per cent more likely to be frail and 20 per cent more likely to be nutritionally deficient. When your choices are limited of what you can eat and where (because food becomes trapped under the denture), it can be a source of depression.

Can I Never Eat My Favorite Foods Again?

We may not be able to regrow our teeth like an alligator, but we have developed the next best thing — dental implants. The main way that dental implants differ from these older tooth replacement options is that dental implants are actually inserted directly into the jawbone. Because of this, dental implants create a permanent, secure bond with the jawbone, and function like a natural tooth’s root.

One of the biggest advantages of an implant is that it restores full chewing power. Most patients can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and the implant tooth. They can eat with it completely normally, and they can brush and floss normally as well. Some research suggests that, within two months of getting dental implants, your bite force will be 85 percent (170 pounds per square inch) of what it was with your natural teeth. With more time, it will get even closer to 100 percent of your original bite force.

If you have lost a tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full arch of teeth, you don’t have to settle for a purely cosmetic solution. You can restore your smile and your ability to eat anything you want with confidence that your “teeth” will remain in place.

Take charge of your life and request a complimentary Dental Implant Consult with the top Implant Specialist located in Oxnard, Ventura, CA.

Meet with Dr. Jivraj and learn more about the different options for missing teeth and about the dental implant procedure.

  • Consultation with the Prosthodontist / Implant Specialist.
  • Complimentary X-Ray/3D Scan.
  • Learn about the different treatment options and the cost associated with dental implant.
  • Find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants.
  • Get all your questions about dental implants answered.
  • Written treatment plan
  • To make an appointment, call (805) 988-3317.