The pandemic has been a tough time for many of us and we hope our readers are keeping well during this 2021 winter lockdown period. Whilst there is hope on the horizon, it’s likely that everyday life won’t resume just yet and consequently, many of us are indulging in simple pleasures, spending more time in the kitchen and enjoying home cooking. It’s great that the U.K has embraced the idea of home cooking but for those with missing teeth, the enjoyment that food brings can become lost. 
Dental implants are the most effective way for replacing missing teeth, offering outstanding aesthetic results and restoring everyday functions like chewing, speaking and smiling. 
How missing teeth affect your enjoyment of food 
Missing teeth affect your enjoyment of food and ability to eat in a number of ways. 
Firstly, missing teeth impede your ability to break down food, rendering foods that are hard to break down, off limits. Not only does this dictate what you can and can’t eat, it’s also damaging to your oral health and overall health, putting many nutritious foods in the no-go zone. Meanwhile, tooth loss damages your natural sensory input, inducing a change in your preferences when it comes to textures and tastes. In the long term, this can reduce your enjoyment of food overall. 
Depending on the location of your missing tooth or teeth, you could be causing some damage to your jawbone. Many patients we see here at Park Dental Care admit to chewing on only one side when they have a missing teeth on the opposite side. The problem here is the area of jawbone on the side where the vacant space sits can become undertaxed and start to shrink away, resulting facial changes such as a sunken look around the under cheek area. 
Why dental implants over dentures? 
Unfortunately, dentures won’t solve the issue of jawbone loss because they’re not a fixed solution to tooth loss – they can also be prone to slipping as you eat tougher foods. As dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, they give your body the ability to trigger the growth of cells and tissues. In turn, this growth stimulates the jawbone, allowing it to remain healthy and able to offer facial structure. Dental implants mimic the role of a real tooth root and a custom made restoration (like a crown or a bridge) is placed over the top, to give a fantastic new and beautiful aesthetic to your smile. Find confidence in your smile again and incorporate a wider range of foods into your diet. 
If you would like to know more about dental implants at Park Dental Care, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly reception team. 
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