Enjoy More Foods With Dental Implants

January 4, 2021 Kalamazoo Smiles

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Do you miss steak or corn on the cob? How about biting into a nice, sweet apple? If missing teeth are preventing you from enjoying your favorite foods, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our dental implant dentist in Kalamazoo, MI. During your consultation, Dr. Bandos will be able to help you explore your tooth replacement options and determine if you’re a candidate for dental implant treatment.

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about the dental implant procedure and how it can greatly improve your relationship with food.

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.

One of the benefits of dental implants is that you’ll be able to continue enjoying all of your favorite foods.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root made of 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, Dr. Bandos 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 dental implant surgery, 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 advantages of dental implants is that you’re able to use all your taste buds.

Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation

Dr. Katherine Bandos is proud to serve as your local dental implant dentist in Kalamazoo, MI. To schedule an appointment and learn if you’re a candidate for dental implants, please call Kalamazoo Smiles at (269) 353-3700. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

This blog post has been updated.

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