There are certain foods that are synonymous with the summer months. Thus, when the temperature starts to climb, you may find yourself suddenly craving them. If you’re living with missing teeth, it can be a chore to eat many of the foods you love. Thankfully, there is a way to comfortably enjoy your favorite delights: with the placement of dental implants in Dublin. Continue reading to find out how they work and what foods you can look forward to eating!
What are Dental Implants?
Made from the highest quality titanium (a biocompatible material), dental implants are cylinder shaped posts that are surgically placed at the jawbone level. A unique form of tooth replacement, they provide a level of security and durability that is unmatched by any other method of smile restoration.
Whether you’re missing one, several or a full set of teeth, you can count on dental implants to meet your needs. Here are the basic steps of the replacement process:
- Initial implant placement – Once the implants are in place, you’ll need a few months to heal and for the posts to fuse with the existing bone (referred to as osseointegration).
- Addition of the abutments – Titanium abutments are attached to the implants that serve as anchors.
- Placement of the final restoration – A custom restoration (crown, implant-retained bridge or denture) is securely affixed to the abutments to leave a fully restored and functional smile.
The Foods You Can Eat
With dental implants, there is no slipping or sliding that leaves your gums painfully irritated. This is one of the main reasons that you can feel comfortable to eat a wide array of foods.
With your implants secured through the process of osseointegration (the fusion of the implants to the jawbone), you’ll regain up to 75% of your original chewing capacity. Thus, you can look forward to eating such summer foods as corn on the cob, steak, hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers and a host of other treats that may have, otherwise, been impossible to enjoy.
Yet More Perks Await You
With your new dental implants, you can also anticipate your revamped smile lasting for decades to come. You’ll also be more than ready to pose for summer photos, which is something you may have previously been hesitant to do.
However, the longevity of your functional and attractive new smile is greatly dependent on how well you care for your teeth and gums. By taking the time to brush and floss at least two times a day and maintaining regular visits to your local dentist, you can sample many delicious summer foods for years to come!
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck earned his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. For over 15 years, his patients have relied on him to deliver the quality care they need. Dr. Buck restores smiles and lives with dental implants at Distinctive Smiles, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.