What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are bonded to your jaw bone to create a long-lasting support for your restoration. They are the most permanent, beautiful, and natural looking tooth replacements available. See some after-surgery care tips below to keep your new smile in good shape.
Be Careful with Solid Foods
It’s really important to stay nourished and hydrated after surgery, so you should never skip a meal. However, you should only eat soft foods that are easy to chew. Anything that is pureed, like yogurt, soups, soft fruits, and even ice cream are good choices that you can eat without damaging your dental implants.
Avoid Hot Foods
Extremely hot foods and beverages can hurt your oral health after surgery. It can even hinder the progress your mouth has made because it can inflame the area where you had implants placed.
Smoking cigarettes or using tobacco products can delay your recovery. Smoking not only increases your chance of infection, but it also slows down the bonding of your implant with your bone. Additionally, cigarettes and tobacco use can cause damage to your gums and supportive tissue around the implant.
Stay Away from Alcohol
You should avoid alcohol at least a few days after your implant surgery because it can slow down your recovery process. Alcohol doesn’t allow your blood to clot in the area of the surgery, which dramatically slows down your healing.
Don’t Use Straws
Although you should definitely eat and drink mostly liquids after surgery, you should avoid using a straw. When sucking through a straw, your mouth creates a vacuum that can put stress on your new implants and slow down your recovery.
Steer Clear of Sticky Foods
Sticky foods or foods that can get stuck in between your teeth can cause inflammation and pain. Snacks like popcorn, rice, nuts, apples, and more can cause serious discomfort. Try eating soft foods like mashed potatoes and untoasted bread for soft and easy to eat snacks.
Use these after-surgery tips to take care of your implants for a beautiful and healthy set of pearly whites. Be sure to talk to your dentist in Park City if you have any questions after getting your dental implants.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Cody Calderwood is a Utah native who loves caring for patients in his community. He enjoys restoring patients’ smiles to their full potential, which is why he offers expertly placed dental implants. He currently practices at Park City Dentistry, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (435) 649-4343 for any questions.