Eating With Dental Implants

June 17, 2020

There is a lot to take into consideration when deciding to move forward with having your dental implant procedure. Everyone talks about the cost, the benefits, and how the procedure itself works but have you heard about what it’s like after your recovery is over? Well, you’ve come to the right place for answers.

Dental implants act as your own natural teeth. They are very strong and you have a more comfortable bite than if you use removable dentures. The problem you encounter when eating with dentures is that they rely on the underlying gums for support, causing force directly to the soft tissue, which may lead to inflammation, tenderness and development of painful sores. All of this can affect the patient’s diet and may lead to malnutrition. With dental implants, patients are able to eat almost any food they like without pain or discomfort and without being self-conscious.

The rule of thumb is to be able to eat anything that you can cut with a fork. Just as you would with your natural teeth, it is not recommended to eat anything that is very hard or very chewy similar to popcorn kernels, ice, nuts, gummy bears, taffy, seeds, and so on. Remember that dental implants restore much of your natural chewing capacity. Many dental implant patients, after the healing process is over, have been able to eat foods they haven’t eaten in years. It’s always wise to cut any harder to eat foods into smaller, bite-sized pieces to ease into your new teeth.