Getting tooth replacements can get complicated. There's a big list of what you should and shouldn't do with your new tooth replacements, all depending upon which kind that you get. So if you're interested in dental implants, you might be wondering if you can eat what you enjoy eating while you have them. Here's what you need to know.
Why Eating is Controlled With Other Replacements
There are some things that aren't recommended to be eaten with many kinds of dental replacements, including full tooth replacements. This is because it can potentially damage the replacement. For example, hard food with bridges and sticky food with dentures are often not recommended because it can put too much pressure on the mounting teeth with a bridge, or it can simply pull your dentures out, respectively.
Why It Isn't with Dental Implants
Dental implants let you eat basically anything that you want. This is because they're more like real teeth than they are like teeth replacements.
Dental implants are designed to mimic real teeth in form and function. This means that above the surface, the artificial tooth is designed to chew, grip, and bite the way that a real tooth would. Under the surface, the implant that keeps the tooth in place also acts like an artificial tooth root. Once that dental implant is in and all healing is complete, it's not going anywhere, no matter what food you send up against it.
What to Expect
Getting dental implants is a simple enough process, but like other tooth replacements, it will require multiple visits to the dentist's office.
The first will be to determine if you're eligible for dental implants, unless a dentist has already told you that you are. In that case, your first appointment would be taking measurements and molds of your teeth to help choose a dental implant of the right size and shape.
After that, a dental implant will be put in without the tooth mounted on top. It'll stay like this for a while so that your gums and bone can heal around the implant and keep it securely in place.
Once the healing process is complete the tooth is added to the top. That's it! At this point, you'll be able to enjoy just about any food that you like.
Dental implants are one of the best tooth replacement methods out there for a lot of reasons, and the ability to eat food that you enjoy is one of them. Talk to a dentist and get started on the process of getting your very own dental implants.