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Losing one of your teeth affects your confidence and oral health. The good news is that our West Michigan dentists will be able to determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants.

Getting a dental implant not only restores the look of your smile, but also the function of your teeth. That means you’ll be able to eat your favorite foods again with confidence.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that supports a crown, filling the gap in your smile.

Our dentists know that dental implants are far more beneficial than other forms of dental reconstruction. Consisting of titanium rods that bond with the natural bone in the jaw, dental implants are stronger and support the teeth and the bite. The implant is firmly rooted onto the jawbone, in the same way that a tooth is bonded through the tooth’s roots.

This artificial root keeps the implant stable and secure, much like a real tooth, so it doesn’t move under pressure. It enables the jaw and teeth to move and bite down properly.

How Do Missing Teeth Affect My Diet?

Eating becomes challenging when your teeth are not prepared to chew food adequately. 

While making your appearance less than desirable, badly decayed or missing teeth can also undermine the strength of your bite. This will make it tougher to chew effectively and eventually alter your dietary habits — until you are trading in that wonderful steak for a bowl of scrambled eggs.

But don’t push that steak aside just yet. Implants are the best way for you to enjoy all of your favorite foods.

How Is Eating with Dental Implants Different?

Eating with dental implants is very different from what you may have experienced wearing dentures.

Even the best-fitting dentures tend to slip, especially when you are eating foods that are difficult to chew. Once dentures slip, food can get caught underneath the appliance and irritate your gums. The only way to remove these food particles is to brush or soak your dentures after eating.

Dental implants can also make eating a more delightful experience by protecting your sense of taste. People who wear upper dentures have a plate that covers the roof of their mouth, cutting off access to certain taste buds. Implants allow you to enjoy your food with a full sense of taste.

Can I Eat Normally After Getting Dental Implants?

Dental implants can give you back the pleasure of eating those foods you’ve been pushing aside.

Since implants mimic the natural function of teeth, you don’t have to worry about your teeth slipping or falling out. This means you can bite and chew as though you had a full set of natural teeth.

Dental implants can also be shaped and shaded to blend with the rest of the teeth, so that you won’t be able to distinguish them from your natural teeth.

You’ll need to eat soft foods while you recover from the dental implant procedure, however. That way, your mouth and jaw will have a chance to heal. Stay away from foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew in the meantime.

Once you fully recover from the dental implant procedure, you’ll be able to eat whatever you want.

Ask our dentists about getting implants and begin enjoying all the foods you’ve been missing. Our dental implant dentists will be able to determine whether or not you’re a candidate for the procedure.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants

Our restorative dentists offer dental implants to help restore our patients’ smiles. With four practices in West Michigan, we have the capability of handling all of your family’s dental needs. To schedule an appointment, call MI Smiles Dental at (616) 974-4990.