Eat Your Favorite Foods Again With Dental Implants

September 25, 2019 Lakeshore Dentistry

Holland Michigan Dental Implants

Losing one of your teeth affects your confidence and oral health. The good news is that our dental implant dentists in Holland, MI, are ready to help you explore your tooth replacement options. For example, dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that are made out of a titanium alloy. These implants later support dental crowns, filling the gaps in your smile.

Here’s what you need to know about how a tooth implant will improve your diet.

How Do Missing Teeth Affect My Diet?

Eating becomes challenging when your teeth are not prepared to chew food adequately. While making your appearance less than desirable, badly decayed or missing teeth can also undermine the strength of your bite. This will make it tougher to chew effectively and eventually alter your dietary habits — until you are trading in that wonderful steak for a bowl of scrambled eggs.

But don’t push that steak aside just yet. Dental implants are the best way for you to enjoy all of your favorite foods.

What is a Tooth Implant?

Our dentists know that tooth implants are far more beneficial than other forms of dental reconstruction. Comprised of titanium rods that bond with the natural bone in the jaw, dental implants are stronger and support the teeth and the bite. The implant is firmly rooted in the jawbone just as a tooth is bonded through the tooth’s roots. This keeps the implant stable and secure, much like a real tooth, so it doesn’t move under pressure. It enables the jaw and teeth to move and bite down properly.

Can I Eat Normally After Getting Dental Implants?

You’ll need to eat soft foods while you recover from the dental implant procedure. That way, your mouth and jaw will have a chance to heal. Stay away from foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew in the meantime. Once you fully recover from dental implant surgery, you’ll be able to eat whatever you want.

Dental implants can give you back the pleasure of eating those foods you’ve been pushing aside. Since implants mimic the natural function of teeth, you don’t have to worry about your teeth slipping or falling out— allowing you to bite and chew as though you had a full set of natural teeth. Dental implants can also be shaped and shaded to blend with the rest of the teeth so that you won’t be able to distinguish them from your natural teeth.

Ask our dentists about getting tooth implants and begin enjoying all the foods you’ve been missing. Our dental implant dentists will be able to determine whether or not you’re a candidate for the procedure.

How is Eating with a Tooth Implant Different?

Eating with dental implants is much different from what you may have experienced wearing dentures. Even the best-fitting dentures tend to slip, especially when you are eating foods that are difficult to chew. Once dentures slip, food can get caught underneath the appliance and irritate your gums. The only way to remove these food particles is to brush or soak your dentures after eating.

Most of the taste buds in your mouth are on your tongue. Yet, did you know that some taste buds are on the roof of your mouth? People who wear upper dentures have a plate that covers the roof of their mouth, which affects their sense of taste. One of the benefits of dental implants is that you’re able to use all your taste buds.

Related: What Can I Expect When First Getting Dentures? →


Request an Appointment With Us

Our dental implant dentists in Holland, MI, are accepting new patients! To request an appointment and learn if you qualify for the dental implant procedure, call the Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center at (616) 399-3946. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

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