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Dental Implants and My Diet


Posted on 1/27/2018 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
Woman eating a yogurtFind out if there are certain foods you should avoid once you get your dental implant.

Whether you are still in the beginning phases of getting a dental implant or you just got one there is no doubt that you’ll be happy to Dental Implant finally have a full, healthy smile again. Of course, it’s important to make sure that your smile remains healthy by adopting good oral hygiene. With the proper care, implants can last a lifetime. From the office of your Stony Point dentist Dr. Michael Bleyzer, find out more about how your diet could affect your implants.

How does my diet affect my dental work?


As you may already know dental implants are inserted into the jawbone where bone and implants fuse together to become one. This process, known as osseointegration, can take several months and to make sure that the implant seamlessly integrates with the jawbone you’ll want to stay away from foods that put any pressure on the area as it heals.

What foods should I stay away from?


Right after implant surgery you’ll want to take it easy on your mouth until everything heals properly, otherwise you risk implant failure. Ultimately, this means staying away, until everything has healed, from certain foods:

Hard foods:

From nuts to pretzels, hard, crunchy foods pose a risk to implants. Even some crisp, crunchy vegetables will need to be off limits until everything has healed.

Chewy foods:

If certain foods will be leaving you chewing for a while this can cause the implant to pull away from the gums. This means staying away from foods such as hard breads, salads, cookies, and chewing gum. Unless tenderized, red meat should also be avoided.

Sticky foods:

While eating popcorn or candy may seem like the perfect thing to do on a Friday night it won’t be good for those who’ve just had their implant placed. Seeds and chips should also be nixed from your diet.

Very hot or cold foods:

Really hot or very cold foods may increase pain or even cause the surgical wound to open. If you want to enjoy that bowl of stew or soup wait for it to cool off a bit before chowing down.

What kinds of foods are safe for my new implant?


Most of the time patients are advised to eat a soft-food diet for at least the first week after surgery and then slowly incorporating harder foods into the mix. Fortunately, there are a ton of foods that you can still eat including:
- Soft fruits (e.g. bananas) and cooked vegetables
- Grains like noodles, rice and mashed potatoes
- Protein like eggs, fish and beans
- Dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt

In order to maintain optimum oral health, you will also want to see your general dentist in Stony Point at least every six months for routine cleanings. If it’s time for your next visit give us a call today!
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