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How long after dental implants can I eat normally?

Your ability to enjoy the full range of healthy foods depends greatly on having a complete set of teeth. So, when you have one or more missing teeth in Melbourne, FL, you’ll want to select a reliable replacement option. If that choice is a dental implant, you may wonder how long it will take before you can fully eat normally. First, the portion of your implant that we place in your jawbone must heal, which may take several weeks to several months. Then, its normal use depends on your dental implant’s final restoration.

For example, an implant that replaces one tooth is finished with a dental crown and may be functional right away when we place the crown. But where we intend your tooth implants to support a bridge or a complete denture, it may take up to a week before you’ve adjusted to your new teeth and can eat whatever you like. So we encourage you to start with softer food and work up to more crispy items.

What Foods Should I Avoid with Dental Implants?

Because your new dental implant finds root deep within your jawbone, you will be able to eat the foods you always did before you lost teeth. However, we still recommend that you don’t misuse your dental implant.

Some examples to avoid are chewing ice, super hard nuts, or using your teeth like a set of pliers. With care, your dental implants will enable you to eat a complete diet. 

For your dental implant needs, please visit our dentist office in Melbourne FL today.

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