Many classic summer activities involve food. Hot dogs at the baseball stadium, backyard barbecue, an ice cream cone on a hot summer day. However, if you are missing teeth, it can be hard to eat all of your favorite dishes. Fortunately, dental implants can effectively restore dental appearance and function. Want to know more? Keep reading to learn how implants can help you enjoy your favorite summer foods.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small metal rod that is surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gums. Typically made from highly durable titanium, dental implants fuse with the surrounding bone through a natural process called “osseointegration”. Once an implant has fully healed – a process that can take 4 to 6 months – a crown, bridge, or denture is placed on top. By mimicking the natural root structure of teeth, dental implants provide maximum support that enables patients to eat, speak and smile normally.
What Should You Eat After Dental Implant Surgery?
For the first few days to a week after your dental implant surgery, you will need to stick to a soft food diet. Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious soft foods to choose from! For example, you could snack on some baked beans, a common side dish at summer cookouts. Other soft foods you can enjoy after implant surgery include:
- Apple Sauce
- Mashed potatoes
- Smoothies (just don’t drink through a straw)
Which Summer Foods Can You Enjoy After Your Implants Heal?
The short answer: pretty much everything! One of the major benefits of dental implants is that they restore 70% to 90% of full chewing power. Because implants integrate directly with the jawbone, you will never have to worry about your replacement teeth slipping or shifting while you eat.
Although you can enjoy eating all your favorite foods once your dental implants heal, there are a few summer staples that can still negatively impact your oral health.
Yes, chowing down on a juicy hotdog at the ballpark is an all-American pastime. However, hot dogs are loaded with processed saturated fat, which can lead to gum inflammation and even periodontal disease. While a hot dog every once in a while is okay, don’t make them part of your everyday diet.
It’s common to grab a sports drink after working out or playing pickup basketball during the hot summer months. However, sports drinks usually contain high levels of sugar, which can increase your risk of tooth decay. Even though your dental implant isn’t susceptible to cavities, sugary drinks can still negatively impact your overall oral health. Stick with water instead.
Corn on the Cob
This summer staple is present at nearly every backyard barbecue. However, the kernels can easily get stuck in between your teeth and implants. While you don’t have to give up corn on the cob entirely, trying cutting off the kernels first and eating them carefully with a fork or spoon.
Celebrate the summer with a full smile thanks to dental implants! Talk to your dentist today for more details about implant treatment.
About the Author
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki has undergone extensive training in prosthodontics, the area of dentistry that focuses on restoring missing teeth. An active member of the Florida Prosthodontic Association, he provides start-to-finish implant treatment at his private practice in Orange Park. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, visit Dr. Nawrocki’s website or call 904-272-1588.