With summer in full swing, most people can expect to attend several backyard BBQs and cookouts in the coming months. These events are synonymous with delicious, mouthwatering foods that everyone can’t wait to dig into. But if you have missing teeth, you might have to miss out on certain meals because you can’t eat them comfortably. Fortunately, dental implants are a great method of tooth replacement that can help you enjoy your favorite summer foods once again! Read on to learn more about this solution.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. Unlike other methods, they’re designed to replace the entire structure of your natural teeth. There are three main components to a dental implant: the titanium post, the abutment (connector piece), and the final restoration.
First, your dentist will surgically insert the implant post into the jawbone to mimic the roots. As it heals, it will fuse with the bone and tissue to provide stable and durable support. After the implant has healed, you will return to the clinic, and your dentist will attach a restoration to the abutment. You can enjoy a new smile that looks, feels, and acts just like your old one!
Summer Foods You Can Enjoy with Dental Implants
Once your dental implants have fully healed, you can eat pretty much anything! Although, there are some minor adjustments you will have to make. Here are a few summer foods you can indulge in:
- Corn on the Cob – You can find this tasty food at any cookout! But before you dig in, make sure you remove the cob and eat only the kernels with a fork or spoon. Otherwise, eating it straight from the cob can cause kernels to get stuck in between your teeth and implants.
- Fresh Fruits – It’s a good idea to stay away from the usual sweets like cookies, cake, pie, and cobbler. If you have a sweet tooth, try eating fresh fruits like watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, and melon to satisfy your craving. It will keep your mouth and belly happy!
- Grilled Vegetables – These are another must at every cookout. If you want a healthy, delicious treat, throw some zucchini, squash, bell peppers, or other fresh vegetables on the grill. They’ll be softer and much easier to consume with implants!
What Foods Can You Enjoy After Dental Implant Surgery?
While your implants are healing, you need to take it easy and be careful about what you consume. It’s a good idea to stick to softer foods, such as:
- Rice dishes
- Baked beans
Are you tired of skipping a plate at summer cookouts because of your missing teeth? Consult with your dentist about dental implants and start your journey towards a restored smile!
About the Author
Dr. Peter F. Johnson earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. His passion for dentistry has led him to go above and beyond in both education and training. If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth, Dr. Johnson recommends implant-retained dentures as a stable, lasting alternative to traditional dentures. After you have healed, you can comfortably and safely indulge in all the summer foods your heart desires! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Johnson, visit our website or call (619) 463-3737.