You can eat anything you want once you have dental implants. There are virtually no limitations. Anything you enjoyed eating with your natural teeth you can continue to chew with implants.
Here’s what you need to know about how implants will affect your daily diet.
Early Diet Considerations for Dental Implants
Right from Day One when you get your implant you can continue to eat the same foods you’re used to eating. If you have any swelling or discomfort from the procedure, then you may prefer to stick to soft foods for a day or so. But the implant procedure is usually too minimal to cause trouble.
You will want to avoid chewing with your implant for the first few months after the procedure. Whether your implant has a crown or not, you shouldn’t bite down directly on it until the implant has “integrated.” Implants need a few months to heal and bind with the bone in your jaw. Eating with the implant too early can dislodge it and ruin the progress you’ve made.
If you have natural teeth on the opposite side of your mouth from the implant, you can continue eating all of your favorite foods by chewing on that side as your mouth heals.
Don’t Chew on Things Natural Teeth Can’t Handle
Dental implants can be stronger than natural teeth. However, this doesn’t mean you can use them for extreme activities. For example, chewing on ice cubes, tearing open packages, or popping off bottle tops are all things that can damage natural teeth and dental implants alike. Use your dental implant for chewing normal foods as you would use your other teeth.
Talk with an implant dentist near you to learn more about dental implant care.
Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
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