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Why I Can Not Taste With Dentures but Can With Dental Implants?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by The Center for Esthetic Dentistry
woman with mini dental implants smilingMany patients find that their taste perception changes when they go from having natural teeth to dentures or dental implants. Knowing why this happens can enable you to choose your dental treatment alternatives with knowledge.

Taste When Wearing Dentures

Removable appliances called dentures replace missing teeth. Not attached to the jawbone, they sit on top of the gums and can have several effects on taste. First, a vital region with many taste buds is the roof of the mouth, or palate, which is covered by the upper denture. This covering may diminish the taste of food, particularly subtle flavors.

Dentures can also shift slightly when eating, irritating and detracting from the flavor experience. The weight of dentures may also reduce saliva production, further impeding taste because saliva is necessary to dissolve the molecules in food that generate taste sensations.

Taste With Dental Implants

Conversely, dental implants provide a more nearly identical solution to the natural structure of teeth. Surgically placed into the jawbone, implants give artificial teeth a secure and long-lasting foundation. This arrangement does not cover the palate; hence, the taste buds may work as usual.

Moreover, implants do not move during eating because they are fixed in the jaw. This keeps saliva flowing normally and improves the whole sensory experience. Most patients say that compared to dentures, food tastes better with implants.

Picking the Best Option

If you are considering implants or dentures, see your dentist about your worries about taste and other sensory sensations. They can offer customized guidance based on your lifestyle and dental health requirements.

All Set to Taste your Favorite Food Once More?

If wearing dentures causes you taste problems, consider looking into dental implants as a workable substitute. Please make an appointment for a consultation at our clinic to find out how dental implants may improve your enjoyment of every meal and restore your smile! Enjoy your favorite meals again the way they were supposed to be enjoyed.
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