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Will Dental Implants Affect How I Eat?

Will dental implant affect how I eat

If you’re considering dental implants or you have recently had them fitted, it’s common to question how they will affect your eating habits. The good news is, you’ll still be able to enjoy your favourite foods.

In short, dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, so you are able to eat normally without worrying about getting food particles trapped underneath your dentures. 

What’s involved in the dental implant procedure?

  • First, you will have x-rays and scans completed to give your dentist a clear picture of where to place your implant/s.
  • Then, the dental implant is fitted into your jawbone in a minor operation. You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the site so you feel minimal discomfort.
  • After a few months, you can expect your jawbone to grow around the dental implant/s. Once the implant is stable, your dentist will mould a foundation for your new tooth or teeth.
  • Shortly after, your dentist will create a mould of your mouth and jaw to make the artificial tooth or teeth.
  • The final step involves your artificial tooth or teeth being screwed into the foundation.

Keep in mind that a dental implant is completed in stages, which may take a few months from the beginning of your consultation to the end result.

Foods to eat after dental implants

Immediately after your operation, you will want to give your mouth and jaw ample time to heal. Choose soft foods in the meantime until you have fully recovered. We recommend yoghurt, ice cream, smoothies, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and soups. Once you have passed the healing stage, you’ll be able to eat anything you want, as dental implants mimic the natural function of teeth.

Foods to avoid with dental implants

Until your jaw and mouth have fully healed after dental implant surgery, it’s best to avoid the following foods:

  • Chilli or hot spices
  • Anything tough to chew, such as steak
  • Raw fruit
  • Crunchy snacks, like chips or popcorn
  • Sticky foods, such as candy or chocolate
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Hot temperature foods

Pain-free treatments and sedation available

Don’t wait any longer to restore your natural smile. If you’re looking to get dental implants in Gympie, speak with us at Calton Hill Dental. Our dentists will always give you genuine advice about the best pathway to achieving your smile goals. If you have any questions or if you would like to book a consultation, please contact our Gympie dentists today.

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