Diet Restrictions with All-on-4 Dental Implants

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Tooth loss an any subsequent dental care can affect many aspects of our day to day life, and in many cases where tooth loss is remedied through dentures or dental implants, a person receiving such treatment will have to make some adjustments to their diet and lifestyle to ensure the long term health and longevity of their artificial teeth and mouth as a whole. In this article we look at why this is the case, and whether the use of all-on-4 implants can affect what foods you can and can’t eat.

Why is diet restricted with other types of dentures?

Many types of dentures are dissimilar to natural teeth in a number of different ways, for example, they need to be regularly removed (after meals and before bed) and cleaned to last and remain healthy. Similarly many dentures can’t withstand use on certain foods, and people bearing such prosthetics need to make certain adjustments to avoid any unnecessary damage and wear of their artificial teeth.

These dietary restrictions include avoiding certain foods which are difficult to chew and place a lot of stress on both dentures and the gums beneath them. Similarly foods which are particularly sugary need to be eaten in smaller amounts as they can contribute to poor oral health by helping bacteria to flourish within the oral space.

What changes do I have to make to my diet if I have all-on-4 implants?

All-on-4 implants allow for a much firmer structure to which dentures attach, meaning that the system as a whole allows for much greater bite strength and durability. Because of this, people with dentures affixed to all-on-4 implants are usually able to eat a much broader range of foods than those equipped with standard fixed dentures, or even people with other implant technologies.

That being said, there is still an adjustment period which your dentist will talk you through if you do have all-on-4 implants. During this time your mouth is adjusting to the presence of both implants and dentures, and you should probably begin with very soft foods and liquids. It won’t be long before you can progress on to more solid foods, but it is important that you follow your dentist’s instructions and make slow but steady progress towards a successful and lasting implant.

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