Dental implants are an amazing tool that can improve your nutrition and diet. They’ll allow you to eat all of your favorite foods, including things that you might not have been able to chew before. However, that doesn’t mean they are infallible. There are foods that are dangerous for dental implants, and by eliminating or avoiding them, you’ll be able to ensure your implants are a complete success.
Hot Tea or Coffee
Because dental implants involve metal screws, drinking any sort of hot beverage can heat up this metal. Unlike your normal tooth, which would not heat up as much, this metal can get to a dangerous temperature, damaging the tissue inside your gums. Eventually, this might cause the cells holding the implant in place to fail, causing it to fall out or become loose. This doesn’t mean you have to cut out tea or coffee completely; just make sure that the liquid is cool enough before sipping.
Even if you go to the movies, make sure you avoid the popcorn. This tasty treat has a knack for getting stuck in between teeth. Ordinarily, this is just a small inconvenience. However, in the case of dental implants, popcorn getting stuck can cause pain and inflammation that might put the implant at risk. The best way to avoid this is just to skip out on the popcorn and eat some soft foods instead.
Gum, Starburst, Swedish Fish, taffy, caramels… all are delicious, and all are dangerous for your dental implants. These sticky candies can adhere to the implant, getting stuck and pulling and grabbing at the surface of the crown. While this isn’t a problem if you eat them occasionally, over time, these candies can cause premature wearing and tearing of the implant – meaning you’ll need them replaced sooner.
The other foods on this list aren’t particularly healthy, so it may come as a shock to see something as noteworthy as vegetables on the list. However, vegetables are rather crunchy and hard when raw. Chewing on these directly with your implant puts it at greater risk for cracking or breaking. While the chances are low, it’s possible – so be sure to cook or steam your veggies before consumption.
While ice technically isn’t a food, many people do enjoy nibbling on it from time to time, especially when sipping a drink. Unfortunately, this is something you should never do with implants. Like vegetables, ice is hard and unrelenting. If you bite down the wrong way, you could fracture or crack your implants.
Dental implants are a big investment, so in order to protect them, you may have to slightly alter your eating habits. But odds are that if you are interested in dental implants, you can’t eat these foods to begin with.