Sun’s out, grill’s out! Most people have several backyard BBQs and cookouts to look forward to in the coming months. Unfortunately, missing teeth can make it difficult or even downright impossible to dig into your favorite summer foods. Are you tired of missing out because of your smile? It may be time to consider dental implants. Here’s how they can help you eat freely at all the seasonal gatherings.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are often considered the gold standard of tooth replacement. Unlike other solutions, they replace the entire structure of your natural tooth, from the very top down to the root beneath the gum line.
The procedure involves surgically inserting a titanium post into the jawbone. Once the implant has fused with the surrounding bone, your dentist will attach a crown on top. Dental implants are unique because they can restore smiles with varying degrees of bone loss, allowing patients to eat, speak, and grin with total comfort!
Summer Foods You Can Enjoy with Dental Implants
Since dental implants fuse with the jawbone, you don’t have to worry about them slipping or sliding around while eating! They will restore up to 75% of your original chewing capacity, meaning you can eat almost anything once fully healed.
By making a few adjustments, you can safely enjoy many of your favorite summer foods, such as:
- Corn on the Cob – This mouthwatering is a staple at every cookout! But before you dig into one that’s fresh off the grill, make sure you remove the cob and eat only the kernels with a fork or spoon. It prevents them from getting stuck in between your teeth and implants.
- Fresh Fruits – With or without implants, you should always try and limit your sugar intake as it can wreak havoc on your smile. If you have a sweet tooth, satisfy your craving with fresh fruits that contain natural sugars, such as berries, watermelon, and melon.
- Vegetables – If you want a tasty, healthy treat, throw some fresh zucchini, squash, or bell peppers on the grill. Not only does it taste delicious, but it softens them, making them much easier to eat!
Tips for Eating with Dental Implants
Here are a few tips to keep in mind while eating with implants:
- Avoid hard foods as they can break your restorations (nuts, ice, popcorn kernels)
- Limit your consumption of sugary, acidic, and processed foods
- Maintain good oral hygiene (brush twice a day and floss once a day)
- Regularly visit your dentist for routine cleanings and exams
Don’t let your smile hold you back at the summer cookout. If you have missing teeth, ask your dentist about dental implants – they can help you enjoy all the mouthwatering foods this season has to offer!
About the Practice
At Tamborello Dental Associates, we offer comprehensive services for patients of all ages. Our team has years of combined experience and training to provide only the highest quality preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care. If you have missing teeth, we can help restore your smile and confidence with dental implants. Visit our website or call (713) 522-7540 to schedule a consultation, and you’ll be well on your way towards enjoying your favorite summer foods once again!