One potential consequence of tooth loss is a limitation on your ability to chew, which can mean that you’ll have to give up some of your favorite foods. Patients who don’t want to adopt a slew of dietary restrictions after tooth loss should consider a tooth implant as a tooth replacement solution. This structurally complete device preserves much of the functionality of a biological tooth, including the ability to chew properly.
Dental implants are secured in the jaw by a bond that the bone forms with the titanium surface of the implant. This allows the implant to play the same role that a natural tooth’s root does and makes the implant a fixture in the mouth. It also helps the implant and prosthetic crown (or bridge or denture) to tolerate stronger chewing forces than a tooth replacement alternative—like a denture or dental bridge—that has no such attachment to the jaw.
Therefore, when your dentist places a dental implant in your jaw, you should be able to continue to enjoy an array of healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, which might be difficult for a person who opts for a dental bridge to chew. Of course, you should use common sense. Chewing on non-food items that could harm a natural tooth may damage your tooth implant as well.
A dental implant also helps to preserve the integrity of the jawbone, which can wither away in the absence of a tooth’s root. This secures the attachment of surrounding teeth to the jaw, also assisting in chewing function.
In order to achieve the best outcomes with dental implant placement, it’s important that you have enough bone to support osseointegration. Your dentist can advise you as to whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure after imaging your jaw and examining the proposed implant site.
Dental implants have a number of benefits for patients, including its ability to chew much like a natural tooth does. If you don’t want tooth loss to derail your diet, consider this treatment option. Call our office at East Hills Dental Associates to schedule an evaluation and learn more about dental implants.