What Foods Are Friendly to Dental Implants?

Dental Implants Doral, FL

If you’ve lost a tooth, odds are you’ve at least looked into dental implants. They are one of the most popular alternatives to dentures or bridges. They are sturdier, more pleasant to look at, more pleasant to deal with, and have a tremendous success rate.

However, there is a bit of a time commitment. You’ll need to allow time to plan for the procedure and allow plenty of time for post-operative healing. To preserve the implant and ensure it lasts you years (or even a lifetime), you’ll need to practice excellent dental hygiene. Finally, you’ll need to exercise some care in the types of foods you eat—at least in the short term, after the procedure.

The dental implant procedure

First, understanding the procedure itself will help you understand why you’ll need to make some potential lifestyle changes in diet and hygiene. Dental implants are small metal rods that are surgically placed inside your jaw bone. The implants themselves are replacements for your tooth root, not your tooth itself. The implant is meant to fuse with your jaw bone and serve as an anchor for an artificial tooth.

Your surgeon will make a small cut into the gum to access the area of the jaw bone where the implant will be embedded. After the procedure, over a few months, your jaw bone will slowly grow around the implant, securing it in place.

What can I eat after a dental implant procedure?

While the success rate is high, like with many procedures, the post-operative period for dental implant surgery will be somewhat demanding. You’ll want to exercise excellent dental hygiene, as outlined by your dentist. Further, there are certain foods that you should avoid in the post-operative period.

Post-operative period

Bone healing takes time, likely months. During that time, you don’t want to eat or drink anything that will interfere with the healing process, hurt your tissues, or damage the implant. Your dentist and a team of providers will likely instruct you only to eat soft foods, certain cold foods, and things like warm soup.

This means avoiding hard foods like nuts, granola, apples, crusty bread, and more. You’ll likely need to avoid foods that require excessive chewing. Soft foods, like scrambled eggs and mac and cheese, might become your “go-to's” for a while. Your family dentist and surgeon will give you more post-operative instructions, including what to eat and what not to eat.

Long-term outlook

Finally, you may be wondering what foods to avoid in the long term. The short answer? None. A successful dental implant procedure will allow you to eat the foods that you usually enjoy. That is because the implant acts as a replacement for the tooth root—the anchor. Dental implants are durable, long-lasting, and will allow you to resume eating your favorite foods without facing pain.

After properly healing, you will likely be able to eat anything you want. There may be some minor exceptions, such as advice to avoid chewing on ice or hard candy, but that is due to the propensity of crowns/artificial teeth to break, which is otherwise great advice to anyone.

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