Once you’ve gone through with the procedure, you’re all set to go home, and you’re back to going about your life again with a dental implant, you may feel some reservations about chewing on it. Because you don’t want to have to come right back to have something corrected, you may wish to treat your dental implant like some type of fragile souvenir in your mouth from your favorite dentist, but we want you to know that it’s safe to chew away! A dental implant is made to act like a real tooth, so it should be treated like a real tooth, and a very important job that teeth perform is chewing.
With your dental implant, you’ll be able to eat corn on the cob, crunchy snacks like chips, and even a nice hearty steak, and you won’t need to worry about damaging the implant or having to come back to have something fixed. As long as you take proper care of the implant by flossing, brushing, and cleaning the area like the rest of your mouth, your dental implant is created to work just like a natural tooth for a nice long time.
There are some foods that you may want to avoid with your dental implant, however, and this is mainly due to the crown placed on top of it to give it the look and function of a natural tooth. Candies and foods that are ultra-sticky or chewy can pull on or damage your chewing surface, and these are best avoided if you’re chewing with a dental implant. That is not to say you can’t indulge in your occasional sweet at all, but try to choose those that are a bit easier on your teeth!
Chewing on your dental implant may feel a little strange or foreign at first, and this is normal. Just like chewing with a crown after receiving a root canal or other crown-related procedure, it can take a little while for your mouth to get used to your new addition. Chewing gently on your dental implant at this time is perfectly fine, and it can actually help your mouth to feel more used to the implant quicker.
When treated like a natural tooth, a dental implant will act just like a natural tooth, and its ability to help you chew is something that helps you to save the rest of your teeth!
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