No Need For Rants: How To Avoid Disaster With Your New Dental Implants

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As the wearer of a brand new set of dental implants, you may have mixed emotions: You're probably proud to be able to smile with confidence, but you may be a bit hesitant or worried because dental implants are still rather foreign to you. It's completely normal to feel this way, and having a period of adjustment is understandable. However, you can dramatically reduce your dental implant worries and speed up your adjustment by knowing a few simple things ahead of time. Keep reading to find out the two easiest ways to avoid dental disaster with your new dental implants.

Eating: Easier Than You Think!

Perhaps the main thing that people with new dental implants tend to worry about is eating. Some people even stress endlessly over what they can eat, what they can't eat, and how they should eat it. In actuality, it doesn't have to be all that complicated.

Your new dental implants are meant to fully replace the natural teeth that were once in your mouth. Part of that functionality is eating, and this means you can pretty much eat as you did prior to the implant surgery. Keep in mind, however, that you may find it more comfortable to stick to soft foods in the days immediately following the implant surgery.

Your new dental implants are firmly rooted in your mouth, and they are meant to stay that way for a lifetime as long as they're properly cared for. Follow the same general rules for eating that you followed when you had natural teeth. Basically, this means:

  • Don't chew on anything that isn't food (this includes ice, as well as pencils and other non food objects.)
  • Avoid extremely hard foods that aren't meant to be eaten (popcorn kernels, for example.)
  • Chew gently (no need to grind your teeth with gusto as you eat!)

Oral Wellness: Easier Than Ever!

Many people are surprised to learn that oral wellness with dental implants can be easier than it was with natural teeth. This is due to the fact that dental implants give you an entirely new, and completely healthy, mouth to work with. Often, people who get dental implants were previously dealing with gum problems, major tooth decay, or other issues that made brushing and flossing not only painful but nearly impossible. With dental implants, the slate is essentially wiped clean, which means you won't have to deal with pain while doing routine oral care tasks.

You won't have to worry about tooth decay since the troublesome natural teeth have been replaced with porcelain replacements. However, you do still need to keep the gums in good shape. This means brushing and flossing every day, and keeping an eye out for any redness or inflammation of the gums. If you spot any changes in the gums, speak to your dentist right away.

Overall, your dental implants are likely to be a huge positive change in your life. Use the information above to adjust more easily, and then enjoy your new smile with dental implants!


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