Dental Implants

Dental implants and eating

Information about eating after dental implant treatment

One of the main roles of the teeth is to chew, grind and break down food; the action of the teeth enables food to be swallowed and digested properly. Without teeth, the ability to eat is compromised and patients may have to alter their food choices. That having been said though, dental implants can provide a solution for this.

About dental implants

Dental implants are titanium rods, which are inserted into sockets in the jaw bone to act as a substitute tooth root; the implant is designed to integrate into the bone tissue and once the implant has settled, it can be fixed to a single crown, a dental bridge or a denture to replace missing teeth. Implants are beneficial because they restore function to the mouth and they create natural, attractive smiles; once the implant has been attached to the new restoration, the tooth will look exactly like a natural tooth and it will also function in exactly the same way.

Dental implants and eating

One of the best things about dental implants is that they enable you to eat properly. Gone are the days of avoiding your favourite toffees, fresh baguettes and juicy steaks; with dental implants, your new teeth will function in exactly the same way as the natural teeth, so you can enjoy whatever foods you like.

Dental implants are anchored into the jaw bone and there is no risk of them slipping or coming loose, so you have complete peace of mind when you eat.

With alternative treatments, such as dentures, eating can be a concern because there is a risk that the denture may slip out of position, especially if you are eating chewy or hard foods. If you wear dentures and you worry about your denture coming loose, you may wish to consider implant-supported dentures, which are dentures that are anchored by dental implants to ensure complete support.

Will I be able to eat normally immediately after treatment?

It is advisable to take things steady immediately after your implants have been fitted; many people have temporary restorations fitted after the implants have been inserted into the jaw bone and it is best to stick to soft foods for the first 24-48 hours. The same is true after the permanent restorations have been attached. After you have recovered following treatment, you can then eat what you like and enjoy a wide range of foods. Your dentist will be able to advise you about what to eat straight after treatment and if you have any questions about eating, you should contact your dentist.

What foods can I eat with dental implants?

Dental implants are designed to mimic natural teeth and you can eat whatever foods you like when you have implants; however, as with the natural teeth, it is important to eat healthily and to avoid excessive sugar consumption. This increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Try to avoid snacking on sugary foods between meals and moderate your daily sugar intake.