Dental implants can restore oral function, allowing you to enjoy your favorite meals and snacks without difficulty.
Missing teeth can make chewing and eating more of a challenge, and many people with tooth loss have to stop eating certain foods. Bridges and dentures can help with chewing, but they lack stability and durability, so many sticky and crunchy foods are still off the menu.
With dental implants, eating is much easier.
How Dental Implants Work
Essentially, implants are like replacement tooth roots. As such, they are much stronger than bridges or dentures, which merely sit on the gums.
During implant surgery, screw-like posts made of titanium are inserted into the jawbone. Once the biocompatible metal has fused to the bone — a process called osseointegration — the posts are firmly anchored in place. At that point, they can support permanent dental crowns.
For patients with multiple missing teeth, strategically placed tooth implants can provide support for a bridge. If a full set of teeth is needed, implant-supported dentures are a stable and secure alternative to traditional dentures.
Foods You Can Eat with Dental Implants
The big question is, which of your favorite foods will you be able to eat again after dental implant surgery?
For the first few months, you’ll need to stay away from foods that can damage the implants, like anything hard, crunchy or very chewy.
But once the osseointegration process is complete, you can eat whatever you like. Your replacement teeth will feel and function just like your natural teeth, so you should have no problem enjoying all of your favorite foods.
Other Benefits of Dental Implants
Along with restoring oral function, tooth implants come with several other benefits.
For one, they last for a lifetime with proper care. Unlike bridges and dentures, no replacements or adjustments are needed. And daily care for dental implants is simple and convenient, as they only require regular brushing and flossing.
In addition, the titanium implant posts stimulate bone cell growth, just like the roots of natural teeth. Because of how they are placed, dental implants are the only method of tooth replacement that stops bone loss in the jaw.
Perhaps just as important to many people, implants look nearly identical to real teeth. Oral surgeons are able to customize the color, size and shape of the replacement teeth to provide a natural-looking smile. So no one will even notice that you’ve had implant surgery.
Want to learn more? The experienced professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah can answer all your questions about tooth replacement. Schedule a consultation at our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office to discuss dental implants today.