August 16, 2019
Among the many problems that missing teeth can cause, one of the most obvious is that it can be more difficult, if not impossible, to eat many of the different foods that you love. Dental implants in Denver will fill those gaps in your smile, but will they let you enjoy your favorite meals again? Here’s what you need to know about eating with your replacement teeth.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Unlike traditional dentures that sit on the gums or traditional bridges that use natural teeth for support, dental implants don’t just replace missing teeth; they also replace the roots. Metal implant posts are surgically inserted into the jaw and fuse with the bone thanks to osseointegration. Not only does this help your prosthetic teeth remain firmly in place, but it also means that the jawbone will continue to receive the stimulation from chewing it needs to stay healthy.
What Can You Eat with Dental Implants?
Among their many advantages, one of the biggest reasons dental implants are often recommended is the fact that, unlike traditional dentures, they don’t come with any diet restrictions. The stability of the implant gives your new teeth chewing power that’s almost on par with your natural teeth. You’ll be able to enjoy even tough foods like steak again without worry.
That said, you will need to be careful with your dental implants for a few weeks after the surgery; you don’t want to put too much pressure on them, or you could disrupt the healing process and cause various issues. Thus, you should stick with soft foods such as yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, pureed vegetables, soup or mashed potatoes. You should be able to eat normally again in about three weeks, though the exact amount of time will vary from patient to patient.
Other Advantages of Dental Implants
Chewing isn’t the only thing dental implants can help with. There are many other reasons to choose them over other tooth replacement options:
- Improved Speech: Ill-fitting dentures can slip and make you slur your words or mumble; dental implants avoid this problem entirely.
- Comfortable: The titanium implants can easily join with the jawbone and feel like your natural teeth.
- Improved Self-Esteem: A natural-looking implant restoration can make it easier to smile.
- Durability: Dental implants can stay in the mouth for up to 30 years when taken care of; sometimes they may even last for the rest of your life.
- Convenience: You won’t have to worry about taking implant restorations out of your mouth at night.
You might not be able to get dental implants right away if your jawbone has deteriorated or if you’re suffering from oral health problems like gum disease. Talk to your oral surgeon so you can form a plan for filling in the gap in your smile.
About the Practice
At Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery, Drs. Brian Fangman and Randolph C. Robinson are dedicated to serving the unique needs of every patient. They can use dental implants to replace any number of missing teeth with fully functional crowns, bridges and dentures that’ll let you eat all of your favorite meals. To schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (720) 328-4990.
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