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Dental Implants: What Do You Know About The Pros and Cons?

Dental implants are ideal to replace broken or damaged teeth. Be advised that these dental implants can be a costly procedure as well as lengthy procedure.

Dentures

Typically, dental implants have a starting cost around $1000 dollars for each tooth. If you have dentures, bridges, broken or damaged teeth dental implants could be a great investment for your smile. This procedure has very low failure rates. If a failure was to occur, chances are that there was an undetected bacterial infection during the install of the implant.

Time frames needed to complete the dental implant procedure have a few contributing factors. One such factor is state of the jawbone. If the doctor needs more jawbone to work with, bone grafting may be required. This process must be completed and healed before the dental implant can be installed.

Teeth Bleaching

Osseointegration is a process where a titanium post is screwed into the jawbone. This must be left for 3-6 months so that the bone can fuse around it. A plate style implant may be used between the gum and the jawbone if the bone integrity is not ideal.

Once the healing has completed, the doctor will make a cast of the mouth. Then a ceramic tooth will be made to match the existing shape and color of the teeth.

It is always advisable to consult your dentist regarding dental implants. In some cases, they may be able to offer you a finance plan to have the procedure done. Be sure to ask any and all questions about dental implants with your.

Dental Implant Failure

Bleaching Teeth

Eating well with only a few teeth - or eating with no teeth - soft food ideas

My husband has no teeth for chewing so he needs to eat soft foods. I've become an expert in finding soft foods to cook and preparing delicious easy-to-chew homemade meals.

On this page, you will find a list of soft foods and tips on preparing meals.

So, whether you are recovering from dental surgery, or have a longer need for eating soft foods, I hope that you will find some of these ideas and tips helpful!

2013 Update:

I have recently found that eating only soft foods is a bit limiting, so I regularly cook up "normal" meals and use this hand blender to blend it into an easy-to-chew meal. This enables him to eat just about anything - from pizza to hamburgers to Chinese food! I just cut it up, and add some water or other liquid if necessary, and blend away! I usually blend it in a soup bowl with tall sides and I use a spoon to stir up the food as needed.

July 2014 Update: We found a hand chopper that works to chop or puree food without any electricity!

Above Picture: Soft Foods we commonly purchase: Instant Oatmeal, Baked Beans, Canned Tuna, Refried Beans, Canned Chicken Breast

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List of Soft Foods to Buy at the Grocery Store

A Shopping List to Follow

These are foods we commonly buy and require little preparation to become soft. There is some trial and error so please use your own judgement.

Crackers, bread, and cereal tend to get soft in your mouth if you take your time. Some brands and types will be easier to eat than others, so experimentation may be necessary!

Cottage Cheese is a Favorite Snack!

I always try to keep cottage cheese in the fridge.

He likes to spice up cottage cheese by adding garlic & onion powder, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce!

Many people also like fruit in their cottage cheese, but I think you might have to puree the fruit in a chopper first.

Prepared Foods that are Soft - For when you don't want to cook

Sometimes I don't want to cook and I don't want to mess with a food processor... So I've been trying to find things that I can buy that are already soft.

From Homemade Stew to Puree in 5 Seconds! - Yay! Now my love can eat homemade stew with all of the good stuff in it!

I recently bought a chopper, and we have been very pleased. I used to make stew, but no matter how small I cut the meat, or how much meat tenderizer I put on it, it never became easy enough to chew. This was quite disappointing, so I stopped making stew.

Then one day we had dinner at a relative's house. It is usually embarrassing to explain how you can't eat the food they serve, but this relative was very understanding and put the steak in a chopper. The chopper cut up the steak into tiny pieces. It was then easy to eat and still very flavorful! That's when we decided that we needed to get a chopper. We had a little one, but it just wasn't up to the job.

Are you wishing you could eat chips?

Here's an alternative...

Cheese Puffs are a salty snack food that's easy to chew! These soft and airy snacks are a great alternative to chips.

Chicken Egg & Cheese Sandwich

The first recipe I invented using the chopper

I think I got the idea for this recipe by watching the Magic Bullet Blender commercial too many times!

Ingredients

Cooked Chicken Meat

Hard Boiled Egg

Colby Cheese

Mayonnaise

Mustard

Pepper

Salt

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

* Sorry I don't have any quantities on this. I guess that's up to you to experiment! But let's just say, there was more chicken than egg and cheese!

I chopped the chicken, egg, and cheese, each separately in our new mini-chopper. Then I mixed in the rest of the ingredients. While you can eat this as a soft salad, we put it on some bread and made a sandwich out of it. When buying a soft bread, look for something that doesn't have seeds or grains in it. Sourdough, Potato, White, or Whole Wheat breads are good choices. We've found that wheat breads with added fiber are sometimes the softest! However, sometimes they are chewy... A favorite brand we used to like has recently become too chewy and so we had to switch.

Tips on Cooking Soft Meals for Someone Else

Experiment!

If you wonder if a food is soft enough, why not try putting it in your mouth and see if it falls apart without chewing. Feel free to move your tongue around. If it falls apart, then you've found a soft food.

Many recipes can be adapted to become soft foods by putting the ingredients in a food processor.. Casserole recipes are often easily adapted. Just process each ingredient, and then mix together and bake. Cover with foil to keep the top layer from becoming hard.

Most adults do not want to eat bland baby food. They would prefer to eat tasty things, even if they can't chew. Part of the taste comes from having the ingredients separated... If you mix too many ingredients together, it might be a soft meal but may not taste good. This makes cooking a challenge. Some dishes come out fine all processed together. We've found that Chinese and Asian dishes often taste quite good. For example, teriyaki chicken with rice and vegetables - it can all go in a food processor and still taste great. Also, some pasta dishes come out well when blended together.

The Big Cereal Challenge

Cereal should get soft in milk, right?

That's what you'd think! But sometimes they don't.

There's no real way to know if a certain cereal is a soft food until you try it yourself. However, here are the ones that we've found to be soft:

Crunchy Oat Squares

Rice Chex (and Rice Pockets, and other generic brands)

Corn Chex (and Corn Pockets, and other generic brands)

Kellogg's Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites

Although I read that "Corn Flakes" is on a suggestion list of soft foods, we recently bought a box of generic brand corn flakes which didn't get soft enough in milk!

Also, we've found that Kellogg's Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites get soft enough, but for some reason their similar Mini-Wheats don't get fully soft... However we may have to try them again in awhile (or try a different brand).

With cereal, you never know without trying! It seems that a big thing is for cereal to be "crunchy." Most of the crunchy cereals really are crunchy and not good soft foods. The Crunchy Oat Squares pictured here are the exception.

Eating Out at Restaurants and Fast Food

We often order take-out so that we can blend up food at home

We just came back from vacation. Finding soft food on the menu can be difficult. Here's what we did:

Sonic Drive-In: If you are lucky enough to have a Sonic nearby, try the Sonic Chili Cheese Tots.

Burger King Breakfast: Try the egg and cheese on a biscuit sandwich. So fluffy and delicious.

Restaurants and Diners: Try Fish & Chips, and substitute mashed potatoes for the fries. Also if they have Biscuits and Gravy on the menu, that's a reliably soft food.

Finding soft food on a restaurant menu is difficult. We did bring our hand blender with and for part of the trip we bought food at the grocery store and brought it back to the room.

A Few Tips on Nutrition, Proper Digestion, and More

Please take care of your health

Remember to pretend to chew your food, even if it's all pureed, or even if you don't have any teeth. The movement of chewing will stimulate your salivary glands to release saliva, which has enzymes to begin the digestion of food. If you skip this step, your food may not be digested as well.

Also, avoid swallowing whole pieces of food. It may give you an upset stomach and you may not absorb as much nutrition.

If this is a long term situation, I recommend a chopper because then you can eat more varieties of food, which is probably healthier.

Breakfast drinks, protein shakes, and similar nutritional drinks may be a good solution if you are finding it hard to get enough nutrition.

I wish I had advice about eating out, or about eating at other people's houses. I guess you have a few choices. Eat ahead if you don't think you can eat what's being served. Be honest, and see if they can prepare a meal that you can eat, or chop it. Perhaps bring your own chopper with (we have found this hand powered one to be most portable). Remember, your health is important, even if it's embarrassing to tell people that you don't have the teeth needed to chew the food. However, remember that people's feelings may be hurt if they think you are not eating because you don't like the food, so if you tell them it's about you, not them, it might help the situation.

Improve your Diet by Supplementing with Protein Powder

Add protein to milk, smoothies, and other drinks.

I haven't tried supplementing with protein, but I know many people do. If you're interested, you can read reviews and compare prices online.

Please don't be embarrassed!

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There are so many reasons you might need soft food. My husband had a rare tumor removed years ago that destroyed many of his teeth and altered the structure of his mouth and sinus cavity. Despite having health insurance and dental insurance, he was unable to get dental implants.

So I know there are many reasons that you might have dental problems or problems with chewing and I hope that this page helps you and your family to not only enjoy delicious food, but to know that you are not alone in facing this challenge.

Who needs soft foods and no-chew foods?

It's more common than you may think

There are many reasons people might have dental problems, no teeth or only a few teeth, or people need soft foods because they have trouble chewing or swallowing. Possible reasons:

- Seniors may need easy-to-chew foods. Years of wear can cause dental problems that may be too expensive or impractical to repair.

- People who have had dental surgery, like a root canal or removal of a wisdom tooth, might need soft foods while their mouth is healing.

- Sometimes people who have a stroke need easy-to-chew foods because of difficulty with chewing.

- Sometimes tumors, cancer, or trauma can cause the emergency removal of teeth and sometimes insurance doesn't cover complete repair or implants because they may consider it cosmetic.

Dental Implants Information

Dentures

Dental implants are what dentists use to replace missing teeth or a tooth. There are two types of regular implants, which are:

• Subperiosteal-this implant is placed on top of your jaw and the metal framework protrudes through your jaw to hold the tooth, or teeth. This type of implant is for those that are unable to wear dentures and have minimal bone height.
• Endosteal-this type of implant is fixed into the bone with blades, cylinders, and screws. This kind of implant is for patients who have removable dentures or bridgework.

There are also mini dental implants, which are prosthetic teeth that are similar to regular dental implants but smaller. These implants are usually used as a solution to replacing the patient's missing incisors or front teeth.

An abutment will be attached to the implant at this time and the gum tissue around the abutment is closed. The gums are allowed to heal for a couple of weeks and then the dentist will make impressions of any natural teeth and your mouth so they can create crowns or artificial teeth. The artificial teeth are then attached to the abutment.