Getting Dental Implants Can Let You Eat Favorite Foods Again

Posted on: 20 October 2015

When you have bad teeth that need to get pulled, you know how much it can hurt to eat. Because of those teeth, you may have restricted what you eat because it hurts too much to eat hard foods or it's just too difficult to chew. Getting rid of those sore teeth and getting a dental implant to replace them can get rid of that pain, and make you feel a lot better. You may be looking forward to grabbing that corn on the cob or eating some almonds as soon as possible. However, before you dig in, you need to know that there are still going to be a few things you will have to avoid for a while. 

Dental Implant Surgery

The base of the implant is put right into your jaw. That means that bone in your jaw needs to grow up and around the posts of the implants to hold them firmly in place. Bone growth doesn't happen immediately. It can take several months for the bone in your jaw to completely heal and to hold the implants firmly in place. During that time, you don't want to do anything that might damage the implants or cause them to fall out. That means you are going to have some food restrictions. 

Post-Surgery Diet

Immediately after your implants are put in you are going to want to eat very soft foods like oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese, and soups. That's because your mouth will hurt somewhat. In the days after your surgery, you can start adding to your diet. You are still going to want to have things that are relatively soft and easy to eat. So, eating that corn on the cob would be a bad idea, but you could go with some whole kernel corn instead. An important thing to remember is that if you usually would just bite into a fruit or vegetable, you should cut it into smaller, bite-size pieces that would be easier to eat. Instead of having a whole plum that you try to eat, you can cut the plum into sections that are much easier to eat. One thing that you should definitely avoid is alcohol. Alcohol can slow down bone healing and even weaken bone. It could cause your implants to fail. 

Getting rid of teeth that have gone bad and getting implants can make a huge difference in your life. You will be out of pain, you will look better, and after dealing with a post-surgery diet, you will be able to eat foods you had avoided for years. Talk to your dentist, such as at Schirmer Dentistry to get more tips.