Part of the dental implant process will involve placing a temporary dental implant in your mouth while the permanent crown is being created. It is important to know that there are some things you shouldn't do while you have this temporary implant in place, such as:
Don't Bite On Non-Food Items
Do you have a nail-biting habit that you just cannot get over, or always find yourself chewing on pen caps while at work? If so, you'll need to find a way to break these habits with the temporary implant in place. The pressure caused by biting on things that are not food could result in the temporary implant becoming damaged.
The purpose of the temporary implant is to keep bacteria and food out of your gums while the area heals. Any damage caused to the temporary implant could cause the area to become contaminated.
Avoid Sticky Foods
Have a craving for gummy bears, taffy, or other sticky foods? These are one thing that you need to put away until the permanent implant is installed. The temporary crown won't have the strength of the real one, and certain foods can stick to the temporary implant and cause it to become dislodged.
Also, those sugary foods are just not good for your teeth.
Take Out Piercings
While many people will not have tongue piercings, those that do should remove them while the temporary implant is in place. There is always a risk of damaging the implant if the piercing comes in contact with it, or if you were to accidentally bite on it.
If you're worried about the hole closing up, you can always put in a temporary piercing that doesn't stick out much and reduces the chance of causing damage.
Don't Floss Up and Down
Do you typically floss with up and down motions? You'll need to switch to a side-to-side motion when flossing around the temporary implant. This will help prevent you from accidentally pulling up on the temporary implant, which can cause it to become dislodged.
If you do end up damaging or dislodging a temporary implant, be sure to contact a dental office like Smile City immediately. They can schedule an appointment for you to come in and have the crown fixed. While it is ideal that you do not damage the temporary implant, accidents do happen and your dentist is there to help.