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Summer Foods You Can Enjoy with Dental Implants

July 22, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — greenmountaindentistry @ 12:24 am
Friends eating summer foods outside

Tooth loss is a common problem that affects people all over the country. Approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Fortunately, losing a tooth today doesn’t meant that you need to go the rest of your life without it. There are several tooth replacement options out there to choose from. Dental implants have become a preferred option because of their numerous benefits, including no food restrictions when the implants completely heal. Read on to learn which summer foods you can enjoy in the meantime.

Which Summer Foods Can You Have After Your Surgery?

Before your dental implants have completely fused with the jawbone, you should take it easy when it comes to the foods that you’re eating. Here are some of the ones that you can enjoy in the meantime:

  • Avocado
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Rice dishes
  • Noodles
  • Bananas
  • Baked beans
  • Smoothies
  • Fish

What Summer Foods Should You Avoid?

When your dental implants are still in the healing process, you may want to stay away from the following:

  • Corn on the Cob: If you are craving a side of corn, cut it off of the cob so that you don’t disturb the dental implant healing process.
  • Hot Dogs: A hotdog is the perfect lunch for a summer day, but it’s loaded with processed saturated fat. This can lead to gum inflammation and even periodontal disease. Enjoy one every once in a while, but it’s better to save this summer favorite for special occasions.
  • Sugary Drinks: Soda, sweet tea, and sports drinks are awful for your natural teeth. Even though they don’t cause much harm to your replacement teeth, they could damage your surrounding natural teeth and cause dental issues in your mouth.
  • Hard Foods: This includes chips, nuts, and apples. They can be hard on your implants as they are still fusing with your jawbone. They are best to avoid until the healing process is complete.

What Foods Can You Have After Your Dental Implants Heal?

After the healing process has complete, you can pretty much eat any of the summer foods that you like. This includes meat and other meals that are much more difficult to chew. If you aren’t sure about a food in particular, give your dentist a call. They will be able to give you the best advice for your smile.

You won’t always have to limit the food that you are eating. With a little bit of patience, you’ll be eating your favorite summer dishes again in no time!

About the Author

Dr. Tyler Aten earned his dental doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Since then, he has attained several certifications that include sedation dentistry, Invisalign, and other state-of-the-art techniques. For more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment at his office in South Burlington, visit his website or call (802) 863-3950.

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