Eat the Foods You Want With Dental Implants
One of the biggest disadvantages to artificial teeth and dentures is the food restrictions and the difficulties patients can have when they’re trying to chew. Dentures shift and can cause irritation while eating or speaking. Dental implant, however, look, feel, and act like natural teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is inserted into the gums, where it fuses with the jawbone. This creates a new permanent tooth root that can last decades with proper care. A cap or false tooth is then color-matched to the rest of your teeth and placed on top of the root, where it blends in and looks completely natural.
Since dental implants are long-lasting and act like natural teeth, you can eat the foods you want without having to worry about the implants slipping or shifting. The only maintenance they require is good oral hygiene habits: twice-daily brushing, daily flossing, and regular visits to your dentist.
Depending on the number of implants you’re receiving and your dentist’s recommendations, you may be restricted to softer foods for the first few days after the implants are placed. This will give your gums time to heal without the added pressure of chewing tough food.
In addition to allowing you to eat the foods you want, dental implants can actually prevent further tooth loss. When you are missing teeth, eating tougher foods can put added pressure on the rest of your bite, causing wear and tear on other teeth that can lead to tooth loss.
The implants help evenly distribute bite pressure that occurs during chewing, keeping surrounding teeth from cracking or chipping.
Of course, patients considering dental implants should keep in mind that the freedom to eat what they want should not extend to foods that are inherently bad for your teeth. You should continue to avoid overly sweet, sticky foods, just like you would in the course of caring for your regular teeth.
If you would like more information on dietary suggestions to properly care for your dental implants, call the Plano office of Dr. Darren Dickson to schedule a consultation.