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Dr. Michael W. Stuart

Dr. Craig E. Stannebein

2700 Grand Avenue, Suite D. Billings, MT 59102

Monday - Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday by Appointment Only

(406) 794-3114

I’m Having a Hard Time Chewing

Are you having a hard time chewing certain foods? Do you chew on one side of your mouth due to a tooth that is causing you pain or that simply is not there? We can help through implant options. Dental implants are a great solution for people who are missing one or multiple teeth and are experiencing decreases in their quality of life because of it.

What’s Causing Your Difficulty?

Before we discuss solutions, let’s talk about why you can’t chew well. Many things can limit your ability to chew, but pain is the most common reason. Teeth that are broken or decayed are often very sensitive to the warm or cold temperature of your favorite foods. Some patients will develop a small crack, which will lead to tooth sensitivity. We call this cracked tooth syndrome. In both of these instances, you may not know what the problem is, only that chewing is uncomfortable.

In other cases, the problem is very obvious to the patient. Denture wearers often have a hard time chewing when their dentures become loose or lose suction while chewing hard foods. Even partial dentures can lead to an uncomfortable mealtime! It’s important that we take a look at whatever is keeping you from being able to chew and find the solutions that will help you enjoy you food for years to come.

Dental Implants

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If someone has lost a tooth, an implant is literally replacing the root structure of that tooth. We're literally placing an artificial root in the bone, and then at the end, building a tooth on top of that to fill in the gap. It preserves natural tooth structure by not having to be as invasive with a bridge. That allows us to put a single to restore that, but putting a single tooth in there.

The implants – quick and easy. A single tooth implant can take as little as 20 minutes to do it, done under local anesthesia. Don't usually need anything more than that. It's just like we make a small incision, small incision of the gums, move those aside, make a very precise osteotomy, which is a fancy term for hole in the bone, the size of our implant. We slide it down in, lock it in, and put another stich or two across that gum tissue, and it heals. We let that heal in the bone for as little as two to three months, depending on the quality of the bone and the placement of where we're at in the mouth, it may take as much as six months. Basically, the bone is growing in around that implant and locking it in tight.

Then we will uncover the top of the implant and add a piece to it to extend it above the gum line, and then we can grab that and put a crown on it.

Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that are placed into your gums in order to hold a replacement tooth or crown. They are intended to completely restore your ability to talk, eat, and laugh again. At Legacy Smiles, we offer many different types of dental implants, including traditional implants, All-on-4, All-on-6, mini implants, implant-retained dentures, and implant-supported dentures. We also offer options for immediate-load implants. Implants can completely change your life – no more difficulty chewing and no more pain.

Implant Retained Dentures

Implant retained dentures are full mouth dentures that are supported by dental implants. These implant retained dentures are designed to completely replace your natural teeth but will not move around in your mouth like traditional dentures. Implant retained dentures are held securely in place by the implants and are not removable but are a permanent part of your mouth. They are a great alternative to traditional dentures and also help to retain your jaw bone structure.

Implant Supported Bridges

Implant supported bridges work much like a traditional bridge, except that they are held in place by dental implants. A traditional bridge is great for restoring your natural chewing ability, but it does nothing to help retain your jaw bone structure. When a tooth is extracted or lost, the bone where the tooth use to be begins to deteriorate, endangering neighboring teeth. When you choose to have a dental implant placed, the implant helps to retain what bone structure is left and encourages new growth. The implant also gives the bridge extra stability, lessening the chance that the bridge might fail.

Call Us Right Away

There is no need to live having a hard time chewing. Our team at Legacy Smiles can help you get back to the life you deserve with our implant options. Whether it is a dental implant, implant retained dentures, or an implant supported bridge, we can help to restore your mouth to its former fully-functioning ability. Call our Billings, MT dentist office for an appointment at (406) 794-3114. Let us help you get back to living your life your way.


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