If you have gaps in your teeth, you may not realise how much of a risk they can be to your oral health. Missing teeth can cause your teeth and gums to become more susceptible to infection and displacement.
Among the most effective treatment options for missing teeth are dental implants. Implants are a long-term solution for completing a full set of teeth, and they allow you to enjoy better oral health. Because dental implants are placed deep inside the jawbone to emulate a natural tooth, you should take steps to care for your new implants, especially soon after the procedure is done.
There are some types of foods that can affect your implants and cause them to become loose, infected and painful. Here are some of those foods to avoid.
1. Hot beverages
Many people rely on a hot cup of tea or coffee to jumpstart their morning. Natural teeth are more capable of withstanding very hot beverages than dental implants. This is because the base of most implants is made of metallic screws.
Frequent exposure to hot beverages can cause the screws to expand and contract inside the gums, leading to a loose or damaged implant. To avoid this damage, make sure hot beverages are cool enough before you take a sip.
2. Sticky foods and snacks
Are you a fan of gum, caramel and taffy? These items can be damaging to a dental implant if consumed in large amounts. They tend to stick in the gums and can create a pulling force anytime you chew on food.
The constant pressure on your implant can cause the base and crown to become dislodged over time. This means that you may have to replace the implant sooner than expected, or it may become infected with bacteria.
If you love chewing on ice cubes, you may have to alter your behaviour after having implants inserted. Indeed, ice is hard and cold, and it can damage your implant. This is even more likely when the implant is exposed to constant pressure. In addition, a damaged implant can also cause pain in the gums and mouth.
4. Uncooked vegetables
Some raw vegetables are almost as hard as ice, and they can affect your implant if it is fresh. Soon after a dental implant procedure, avoid chewing on carrots, asparagus, and other vegetables that are hard and tough to chew/digest.
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12 June 2018
Miranda Raff here. My brother is a stressed-out dental student, so I'm starting this blog on his behalf. I work in a travel agency and my brother is mortified by the number of dental tourism stories I bring home. I book short holidays for people who seem as though they are going to enjoy some relaxation in an exotic country, only to learn that they plan to have cheap dental procedures. Whilst there are good dentists in developing countries, according to my brother, the complex procedures these people plan to have simply can't be finished in such a limited time. This blog is an attempt to inform you about the high skill levels and advanced technology found in Australian dental surgeries. New techniques are being developed every year and Australian dentists are at the forefront of offering these solutions. I really hope this blog helps you to appreciate our dentists.