Enjoy More Foods With Dental Implants

January 4, 2021 Kalamazoo Smiles

dental implants kalamazoo dentistDo you miss steak or corn on the cob? How about biting into a nice, sweet apple? Are missing teeth preventing you from eating your favorite foods? If so, dental implants could make all the difference.

Here’s how dental implants improve your diet and quality of life.

How Do Missing Teeth Affect Nutrition?

Eating becomes challenging when your teeth are not prepared to chew food. Decayed or missing teeth undermine the strength of your bite. They can also make you feel self-conscious about your smile.

The good news is that tooth implants are the best way for you to enjoy all your favorite foods.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root made of a titanium alloy that’s placed deep in your jawbone. Since the implant is biocompatible, it’ll fuse to your jawbone over several months. This is a process called osseointegration.

Once you’ve completely healed, our dentist will place an abutment and implant on top. This will give you the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth.

How Will Dental Implants Affect My Diet?

You’ll need to eat soft foods while you recover from the dental implant procedure. In the meantime, stay away from foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew.

Once you recover from the procedure, you’ll be able to eat whatever you want.

Dental implants can give you back the pleasure of eating an unlimited diet.

Unlike dentures, dental implants function like natural teeth. This means that you won’t have to worry about your prosthetic teeth slipping in public. The result is being able to feel confident as you enjoy your meal.

We’ll design your dental crowns to match the rest of your smile. That way, no one will be able to tell the difference between your dental implants and natural teeth.

What’s it Like to Eat with Dentures vs. Implants?

Dental implants are an upgrade from wearing dentures.

Even the best-fitting dentures tend to slip. This is especially the case when you’re eating foods that are hard to chew, like steak.

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.

Dental implants are not only stable but may improve your sense of taste.

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. This limits their sense of taste.

One of the benefits of tooth implants is that you’re able to use all your taste buds.

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Learn More About Dental Implants

Ready to request an appointment and learn about your tooth replacement options? Good news! Our dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, is accepting new patients!

Call Kalamazoo Smiles at (269) 353-3700. We’d be more than happy to help you on your journey to a healthier, more attractive smile.

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