I am a 48 year old woman in good health. I had one implant to address a fractured root (old root canal). The implant was 6 months after bone graft. The doctor provided care guidelines suggested 6 weeks on soft food. This seems out of line with other recommendations on the internet suggesting one to two weeks at most on a soft diet.
How Long on Soft Diet After Implant?
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Diet after implant placement
If implant was done as single stage (the temporary cap placed at same time) then it is good to be cautious for 6 weeks and chew with other side as much as possible. If it was submerged under gum tissue, 10-14 days is more than adequate for gentle and soft diet.
Healing Time for Dental Implants
The healing time depends on the actual dental implant procedure performed and the tooth which was replaced. If the implant was placed and "buried" under the gums for the healign period, a few days of soft diet is all that is necessary. IF a temporary crown or and exposed abutment was placed on the implant at teh time of placement 3-4 months of "no chewing" on the implant is necessary because integration of the implant will be compromized if undue force is placed on it during the critical healing period. You can always eat solid foods on the other side of your mouth in any event, or if it is a front tooth then you can chew with your back teeth
What The Correct Diet After Implant Placement
The best advice for you is that the longer you can go without direct contact on the implant while healing is occurring the better the chance you have of full integration (bone formation around the implant.) If the implant is buried under the gum tissue you do not need to worry. If there is a healing abutment (small, round piece of metal above the gums) on the implant you should avoid hard foods (chips, nuts , apples, etc) for at least six weeks. Keep great hygiene during this time, but keep an ultrasonic brush away from this area during healing. Good luck.
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Dental Implants and Healing Time
The reason for taking it easy on the implant that was placed is that you want the implant to integrate or fuse to your bone. Ask your dentist why he suggested 6 weeks of soft food.
You might want to ask if you can eat what you want on the opposite side.
I just do not want to see you start chewing if there is something that your dentist saw or knows about to recommend 6 weeks.
The name of the game is success.
Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF
How long after implant placement can you eat normally
the first 6-8 weeks of placing an implant ( whether immediate load or not) is very important . Do not put chewing pressure there. No sonic element (sonic tooth brush, sonic water pick) should get close to the area .
Best to follow your surgeons recommendations
Dietary recommendations follow dental implant placement varies based on the individuals treatment. Each provider of care may have a differences in opinion .. It is always best to follow the guidelines given by your surgeon, you may have special circumstances that require a soft diet longer then normally recommended. With that being said, typical with a non-compromised placement of a dental implant, cover screw or healing cap, we would recommend a soft diet for one week…
Just Be Careful
If you had an implant placed to replace a single missing tooth and you have an otherwise full compliment of teeth, just use common sense and do not chew hard or chewy foods in that area. The 6 weeks following implant placement are the most important in successful integration and you do not want to disturb that process while it occurs. You are less prone to problems if the implant is submerged under the gum while healing. If you have a healing abutment (screw) that shows through the soft tissue, a flipper (removeable) appliance with a temporary tooth on it or an immediately loaded (fixed) temporary crown, you need to avoid hard chewing pressure on it during this 6 week integration period.
I hope this helps and good luck with that new implant!!
Aftercare Diet With a New Implant
Common sense should guide you on your care after getting an Implant. It does take months for your Implant to integrate so there are some pre-cautions. If you have an immediate load Implant(there is a tooth visible already) then the guidelines are important. Don't use your Sonicare in the area so you don't vibrate too aggressively, and monitor your diet which includes not chewing on ice, etc. If the Implnat is buried, then you can be less cautious.
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