Tooth loss has a number of negative consequences, and for many patients, one of the most frustrating outcomes is the need to adapt their diet and give up favorite foods. Indeed, certain tooth replacement methods, like dentures, partials and bridges fill in for the missing tooth or teeth aesthetically, but their functionality is far from the real thing.
Dental implants, on the other hand, actually replace the entire tooth’s structure, including the root. As a result, these devices are much more effective at chewing a wide variety of foods. Patients who choose dental implants are often able to continue to enjoy their favorite dishes.
An implant dentist uses a dental implant as an artificial tooth root. After the implant is placed, it osseointegrates, or fuses with the jawbone. This gives dental implants a sturdier quality than other tooth replacement alternatives.
The implant is then topped with a prosthetic crown. In combination, dental implants and the artificial tooth are able to withstand greater forces than appliances that aren’t secured directly into the jawbone.
Not only do dental implants allow patients to enjoy the foods they love, these devices help people maintain a more nutritious diet. For example, denture wearers may not be able to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables—and all of the nutrients that they offer—in their most natural forms.
Of course, patients do need to give themselves a chance to heal a bit after the placement procedure before they can delve into crunchy apples and corn on the cob again. Limit yourself to softer foods for a week or so after your implant surgery.
Dental implant patients also need to take precautions against biting directly into hard objects or chewing non-food items, like pencils, which may damage the crowns. However, these activities can also harm natural teeth, and nobody should really engage in them, regardless of whether you have dental implants or your own teeth!
Patients with concerns about enjoying a nutritious, varied diet after tooth loss should consider dental implants. Consult with our dedicated and experienced implant dentists, serving Orillia and surrounding areas, to learn more about this treatment option.