Lost your Sense – Or Just Your Teeth?

Lost Your Sense-or Just Your Teeth?

There are few things as enjoyable as booking a table at your favourite restaurant – perhaps a favoured view overlooking the harbour, or simply attending one of Guernsey’s finest gastronomic establishments. You painstakingly get ready, choose a preferred outfit and are already visualising the meal that will be laid out before you. The sense of enjoyment is not only in the surrounding atmosphere, the general ambiance or gracious staff, but also in the anticipation of eating your favourite meal or possibly the gratifying combination of a fine wine. Your companions have joined you and your meal is about to arrive. You can literally smell the aroma of the exquisite delicacy about to grace your lips. You lift your fork to your mouth and the inevitable happens – you are instantly hit by the unpleasant reminder that your missing back molars make chewing what could be a Michelin starred meal virtually impossible. You tentatively take a bite, smaller than you might have done if you had a full set of choppers. Instead, you endeavour to eat with the front of your teeth and immediately lose the initial prospect of delight. You are now simply focussed on trying to masticate your food properly, without embarrassment. The mood for you has shifted from pleasure to frustration and concentration on a task that should be both natural and pleasurable.

Nature has designed our teeth so that our front incisors and canines achieve the cutting of the food and biting off of pieces. The molars, situated in the back of our mouth, function to grind our food into smaller bits – essential for the breakdown process as large pieces of food can cause stomach upset. Our mouth is the first entry point to our digestive system.

Any missing teeth will have an impact upon your ability to eat and enjoy the taste of your food, as well as effectively break it down into the optimum state and consistency required to begin the digestive process. Crucially, the sense of pleasure of dining often shifts to the technical process if you are missing teeth.

There are a number of ways to replace missing teeth, depending greatly upon the position of the gap and number absent, as well as the stability of the adjacent teeth and the composition of the bone in your jaw. For suitable candidates, the most popular method is a dental implant, the advantage of which you do not need to file down existing healthy teeth so the remaining dentition is left unaffected.

The implant itself consists of a titanium screw placed directly into the jawbone, which forms a foundation for a dental prosthesis to be fixed. This means the implant is just as robust as any natural tooth; therefore the tearing, cutting and chewing of food is not compromised. There are a number of alternative combinations, so you could choose to have a single tooth replaced or an entire arch of implants if required. They can also be used in conjunction with bridges or to stabilise loose dentures. At QRDC we provide the entire range of bespoke options in tooth replacement, so call Stefan or David today, to see how they can restore not only your teeth, but the sense of pleasure associated with all aspects of culinary indulgence.