Prepare Your Dental Implants For Turkey Day

Is this your first Thanksgiving with dental implants? Perhaps you’re discovering that you’re both excited and a little unsure about what to expect. Your best bet is to remember why you chose implants: They are there to serve you well with incredible stability, so you can enjoy your meal, and to restore your smile. You can expect to feel relaxed as you eat, converse, and smile with those you care about … what a relief! As for the details regarding keeping your smile clean and making wise food choices, we’ve got the information you need.

Bring Floss

The easiest way to make sure you feel relaxed about your newly complete smile with dental implants is to bring some floss along. (Hint: We suggest this for patients without tooth replacements, as well! It’s a very helpful tip). Whether you choose to gravitate toward the turkey, stuffing, or otherwise, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up with a bit of food lodged between your teeth. Keeping floss on hand will ensure you can achieve a clean, comfortable smile after your Thanksgiving meal. (Feel free to bring a brush along, as well, for a full dental hygiene session).

Think Of Your Implants As Natural Teeth

Remember during your Thanksgiving experience that you can think of your dental implants and restorations as your natural teeth. We say this both to help you have a good time and to remind you that implants are very strong yet not invincible. Consider the following:

  • Don’t shy away from foods that have been off limits for a while. Enjoy the turkey, potatoes, stuffing, green beans, rolls, and more! Your smile will do just fine.
  • Don’t assume your implants are stronger than your natural teeth. If someone offers you a nut or you eye some yummy looking brittle (but you know your natural teeth could never break them down), avoid them to prevent accidental damage.


Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).