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6

Can I Eat Anything I Want with a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Basically, yes! Almost any of the foods you used to enjoy with a natural tooth can be eaten once again with the help of a dental implant. But this doesn’t mean that you don’t need to be careful about the foods you eat.

Watch What You Bite Into!

Your dental implant is a metal post or screw that does the same thing a natural tooth root is supposed to do. On top of the metal portion is a porcelain crown. The dentist designs the crown to look just like one of your other teeth, helping it to blend in.

Between the metal screw and the durable porcelain, your implant is strong enough to withstand a lot. In fact, once the implant heals into the bone, it becomes even stronger than a natural tooth.

The implant is also stronger than bone. If you bite into something that’s strong enough to tug the implant out of place, it could cause serious damage to your jaw. It could also chip the porcelain crown!

A good rule-of-thumb is that you shouldn’t use your implant for anything that would also hurt natural teeth. This includes things like chewing ice, biting open packages, and opening bottle caps.

What You Can Eat

Implants give you the freedom to enjoy a life free from worry over the gap in your smile. Unlike other temporary tooth replacements, an implant will let you once again enjoy foods like:

  • Crunchy nuts and chips
  • Steak
  • Whole apples
  • Sandwiches

Considering an implant? Talk with your dentist first to make sure that you’re a candidate. Your dentist will tell you what you need to do take care of your new “tooth” and keep it strong.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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