Not many years ago, losing a tooth left you with few options for replacement. While it may seem that permanent teeth should be able provide a lifetime of function, it doesn’t always end up that way. They may be lost from an accident, decay, or gum disease. Since teeth start as a full set, even one missing tooth may affect the delicate balance inside your mouth.
As teeth slowly lean and migrate into extra spaces, wear and cracks from excessive force often creates escalating problems.
All About Dental Implants
Implants are inserted deep into the bone of the jaw. Over the course of a few months, the implant itself will fuse naturally with the bone. This is a process that is known as osseointegration, and it typically takes anywhere from three to six months, or longer for some individuals. Once fused, the implant is securely in place and can be used to secure a variety of other dental restorations. In order to ensure the implant heals correctly, it needs adequate time to fuse with the bone. Because of this, it’s important that you are aware of the foods you’re eating, which may prevent the implant from healing.
What Foods Should You Avoid?
Immediately after surgery and for the first two days following surgery, it is best to stick to a liquid diet. This includes smoothies, pudding, yogurt, and jello. This allows the surgical site to heal and for all swelling to go down. For the first two weeks, you should avoid eating anything that is overly crunchy and hard, or that requires a lot of chewing in order to swallow safely. Until the implant fuses with the bone, it’s important to prevent exerting too much pressure onto the actual implant. Some of the foods you should avoid include:
- Hard candies
- Hard breads and bagels
- Hard fruits
- Hard veggies
- Tough meats
What to Expect with Your New Implants
Once the implant has been given enough time to heal properly, you can go back to enjoying all of the foods that you love. Implants can often heal within three to six months, but this time frame varies from patient to patient. With the help of regular checkup appointments, we’ll be able to monitor your implant to ensure it is healing correctly and is fusing with the underlying bone.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, call us today and we can get you in for a conveniently scheduled appointment.