Replacing a missing tooth isn’t just a cosmetic benefit, but it can be helpful in restoring everyday functioning as well. When you have all of your teeth, you’ll find it easier to chew, eat and bite down without any problems. Implants can help to replace just one missing tooth at a time or several of them. They are used to hold onto crowns, bridge work and even complete dentures to keep them from falling out of place.
What are Dental Implants?
Most dental implants are made out of titanium, though other materials can be used. The post of the implant is inserted deep into the bone of the jaw where it’s able to fuse with the bone during a process known as osseointegration. Osseointegration can take anywhere from three months to about a year depending on the patient and their ability to heal. Implants are useful in that they don’t require surrounding teeth to be compromised to place a restoration over the dentition.
What Foods Should You Avoid After Getting Implants?
Immediately after you have implants placed and for the first two days, it’s recommended that you eat a liquid and soft food diet. This includes things like smoothies, eggs, yogurt, jello and ice cream. After two days, it’s safe for you to start eating softer foods that won’t cause inflammation or infection to the area. Until the implant heals completely and osseointegrates with the underlying bone, it’s best to stay away from hard, crunchy foods that can prevent the implant’s post from solidly healing into place. Some of these foods to avoid include:
- Hard breads and bagels
- Popcorn and chips
- Hard pretzels
- Tough meats (steak)
- Hard candies
- Chewy candies
- Hard fruits and veggies
Maintaining Your New Implants
During the first few months while the implant is healing, we will have you come in regularly to ensure that it is healing properly and fusing with the underlying bone. Once the implant has healed, we can make a crown, denture or bridge for you to have placed over the actual implant itself. The process of placing an implant is easier than you might think, and it’s beneficial to your oral and dental health as well.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they work, call our office today and we can get you in for a quick and convenient appointment.