What Foods Can You Eat With The All-on-4 Treatment Concept?
One of the draws of an All-On-4 implant is a restored capacity to eat hard or tough food. The All-On-4 restoration is an excellent solution for patients experiencing significant tooth decay or tooth loss, and their longevity depends largely on their care and usage. To ensure our patients are eating ideal foods and taking adequate care of the All-On-4 restoration, our team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates strives to provide all patients with the proper knowledge and resources to maintain their new smile.
What Is An All-On-4 Implant?
An All-On-4 dental implant is a permanent restoration device designed to replace one or both full arches of teeth. During a standard procedure, four titanium implant posts are placed in the jaw. These posts are placed strategically to provide support to a row of replacement teeth. The All-On-4 procedure is a precise operation, as the force of the bite must be distributed evenly across the jawbone.
The recovery period allows for the jawbone to fuse to the titanium posts, securing them in place. Once the implants are healed, the set of artificial replacement teeth are screwed onto the implant posts. With the teeth in place and the surgical sites fully healed, your favorite meals can be eaten without stress or difficulty.
Is There A Diet Restriction With All-On-4?
Immediately after the procedure, patients will have major diet restrictions. Liquid meals will be required for a few days after the procedure to allow the implants to heal without issue. These liquid meals should be high in nutritional value to aid in recovery. They should not be served hot or taken from a straw, as these can upset the healing process by dislodging blood clots over the surgical sites.
After a couple weeks, soft foods can be introduced to the diet. These foods should ideally require minimal or no chewing. Meals that can be eaten with a spoon may be preferred.
During your treatment planning, our team will discuss your preferred diet, provide you with a diet plan, and help you select healthy meals that can be eaten throughout different stages of recovery. This diet plan should include soft fruits, vegetables, and other foods that are high in protein. For this diet plan, we aim to maximize nutrition and minimize chewing as much as possible to aid healing.
What Should I Avoid With All-On-4?
Once the healing process is complete and you can do so comfortably, you can return to eating your favorite meals. However, keep in mind that while these dental implants may resemble real teeth, they are not natural teeth. These prosthetics are not indestructible and should still be treated with care.
Avoid practices such as chewing on ice cubes. Habits like biting your fingernails or chewing on hard items such as pens or pencils should be avoided completely. Your new teeth should not be used to open or tear items. Taking proper care of your All-On-4 restoration and avoiding risky behaviors can help you avoid complications and ensure the longevity of your prosthetics.
If you are interested in learning more about the All-On-4 Treatment Concept or want to schedule a consultation to determine if All-On-4 is right for you, our Dallas Oral Surgery Associates team is more than happy to help you get started. Reach out to our office at 214-363-9946 to schedule an appointment or find out more.