From barbecues in the backyard to hot dogs at the baseball stadium, summer activities usually involve food. If you’re missing teeth, or if you wear an unreliable denture, eating these dishes can be embarrassing, difficult, or even impossible. When it comes to tooth replacements, dental implants look and feel the most like your real teeth. Plus, they restore almost all of the chewing power that your natural teeth had! Read on to learn how dental implants can help you enjoy your favorite summer foods.
But First, What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement that brings back the root structure of lost teeth – the part that is ordinarily hidden beneath the gums. The implant itself is a small titanium rod that is placed into your jaw during oral surgery. Because titanium is biocompatible, the implant encourages the jawbone to grow around it until they are fused together. This process – called osseointegration – can take four to six months, but once it’s finished, your dentist places a crown, bridge, or denture on top to complete your smile.
By recreating the roots of missing teeth, dental implants provide enough support for you to eat, talk, and smile as if you had never lost teeth in the first place!
What to Eat After Dental Implant Surgery
After having your dental implants placed, you’ll want to stick to a soft food diet for the first few days to a week. Luckily, there are plenty of soft summer foods to choose from! Even as you’re recovering, you can still spend time outside with loved ones while enjoying summer staples like:
- Mashed potatoes
- Smoothies (just don’t sip them through a straw!)
Which Foods Can You Eat with Dental Implants?
The short answer: dental implants let you eat pretty much anything you want! Not only do they renew 70% to 90% of your original chewing power, but because they’re embedded in your jaw, you won’t have to worry about them slipping or shifting while you eat.
Although you can eat a varied diet once osseointegration is complete, some summer foods can still threaten your oral health, such as:
- Hot dogs – It doesn’t get much more American than chowing down on a hot dog at the ballpark. However, hot dogs are high in processed saturated fat, which can cause gum inflammation and potentially damage your implants. Eat hot dogs in moderation.
- Corn on the cob – The kernels of this barbecue classic can get caught between your teeth and your implants, attracting bacteria. Try cutting the kernels off and carefully eating them with a fork.
- Sports drinks – As refreshing as sports drinks are, they’re typically loaded with sugar. Dental implants can’t get cavities, but your remaining teeth can. Hydrate with water instead.
If you’re missing teeth, talk to your dentist about how dental implants can help you live your life to the fullest!
About the Practice
At Brookwood Dental Associates, our team is comprised of four general dentists, one periodontist and endodontist, an oral surgeon, and our in-house orthodontist. Therefore, we’re able to offer start-to-finish dental implant treatment and utilize the latest technology to ensure the best possible results. For questions or to schedule a consultation for dental implant treatment, visit our website or call 215-368-2424.