Tooth loss can have a significant impact on your diet and nutrition. When the tooth is absent, you may no longer be able to chew as you once did. The type of tooth replacement you choose can also affect your ability to chew, either positively or negatively. Because they are structurally complete, dental implants typically allow patients to enjoy a wider variety of foods.
Dental implants are unique among tooth replacement interventions because they include a root-like structure in addition to replacing the absent crown or crowns. After the oral surgeon inserts the implants into the jaw, the surrounding bone bonds with the devices, creating a physical link between the replacement tooth and the jaw.
Dental implants are the only prosthetic with such a structure beneath the gumline. Alternatives like bridges and full or partial dentures only replace the missing crown component of the teeth.
Dental implants are unique among tooth replacement interventions because they include a root-like structure in addition to replacing the absent crown or crowns.
Since dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw, however, they are better equipped to withstand normal chewing forces. That connection between the implant and the bone makes the prosthetic stronger in comparison to other tooth replacements.
For example, denture wearers may need to alter their diets significantly after getting their appliances, focusing more on softer foods and omitting healthy options like fresh (think crunchy) fruits and vegetables. In comparison, implant supported dentures are more capable of processing such foods.
Keep in mind that a healthier diet has benefits for your oral health in addition to the rest of your body. So, if you are able to eat better with dental implants, you’ll be helping to keep your smile healthy, too.
If you don’t want tooth loss to force you to cut some of your favorite foods from your diet, consider dental implants as a treatment option. These devices can preserve much of the functionality of your biological teeth, including chewing, so that you can continue to enjoy a healthy and nutritionally complete selection of foods.
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