Do you need to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) but are afraid that in doing so you’ll have to eliminate your favorite foods from your diet? Dental implants can help!
Dental implants are made of titanium, allowing them to fuse with the bone. In this way, dental implants are unique among tooth replacement devices. Implants are the only appliances that replace the entire missing tooth, including the root. In comparison, a bridge or denture offers no link to the underlying jawbone.
The implant’s structure has significant consequences for all aspect of dental function, including chewing. Because of the link with the jaw, the implant is able to tolerate stronger forces than a bridge or denture can.
So, patients who work with an oral surgeon to replace missing teeth with dental implants are able to process a wider variety of foods. Crisp apples and sweet corn on the cob will no longer be off limits just because you’re missing some of your natural teeth.
Although dental implants allow you to chew many of the same foods that biological teeth can process, patients still need to use common sense. Don’t bite down hard with a dental implant on anything that could damage a natural tooth, such as ice cubes or non-food items like fingernails or pencils.
In addition to giving patients the opportunity to continue to enjoy a healthier, more varied diet, dental implants offer patients other advantages. Dental implants help to maintain a constant shape of the jawbone, which will not wear away thanks to the implants’ root-like structure. Dental implants also are easier to maintain than bridges and dentures.
Whether you need to replace a single missing tooth or an entire mouthful, consider dental implants to preserve the chewing function of those natural teeth so you won’t have to give up your favorite foods. Discuss dental implants with our team of oral surgeons at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery and explore whether these devices will effectively treat your case.