I’m Having a Hard Time Chewing
Bad or missing teeth can cause chewing problems that can lead to poor diet and nutrition. It's easy to lose your appetite if you can't eat the foods you love or you feel pain or discomfort while eating. If you're having a hard time chewing, see your Waterford, MI dentists right away.
Dr. Heuerman and Dr. Ratz can restore your chewing ability and help you eat better. At The Waterford Dentist, we offer several solutions for damaged or missing teeth.
Cavities or Deep Decay
Chewing problems can be caused by a decayed or badly damaged tooth. In this case, your dentist may recommend root canal or endodontic therapy. Root canal therapy is simply the removal of an infected dental pulp (a bundle of soft tissue in the center of the tooth). The tooth is then cleaned thoroughly, filled, and restored with a cap or dental crown.
Advanced Gum Disease
Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. In its advanced stages, teeth start to become loose from their sockets because the connective tissues and bone have been destroyed. This can lead to chewing problems. To heal the gums, your dentist will perform deep cleaning (root scaling and planing) and prescribe antibiotics. Gum surgery may be recommended if the gums fail to heal.
The most common reason for difficult chewing is missing teeth. It's difficult to eat when you have one or more missing teeth. Depending on your needs, Dr. Heuerman may recommend teeth replacement with dental implants. Consider getting dental implants for ultimate comfort, fit, and function.
Old Dental Appliances
Poor-fitting dental appliances can also make it hard to chew. Our mouths change over time, so appliances like dentures may need to be adjusted, though we most often find that a dental implant solution ends the difficulty and discomfort while you eat.