Deciding to get dental implant surgery allows you to have a semi-permanent solution to tooth replacement. The procedure involves implanting an artificial root into the jaw bone so that it may fuse together and provide you with a solid anchor for your new artificial tooth. This means that it is vital for you to take time and care when it comes to eating after the surgery so that you have an opportunity to heal successfully.
Whether you just had dental implant surgery, are scheduled to have it, or are just considering your options, here’s what you need to know about what to eat (and what not to eat) after dental implant surgery.
Recovery and Healing After Dental Implant Surgery
After dental implant surgery, you can expect to have some pain, swelling, and/or mild bleeding. This should begin to subside over the next couple of days. Some over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help. Applying ice to the area can reduce swelling.
It is very important to avoid the following:
- Sucking through a straw
- Physical activity
- Brushing the surgical site
- Trying to feel or look at the area - or disturb it in any way
The better care you take during your recovery, the better the outcome. Be sure to follow all the aftercare instructions provided to you by your dentist.
What to Eat After Dental Implant Surgery
Ok, so what about eating? Keeping your body nourished and healthy is necessary to promote the healing process. But what do you eat after having dental implant surgery? For the first few days following the procedure, you will want to stick to soft foods or liquids. Below are a few examples you may want to have on hand:
- Soft fruits, such as melons, berries, bananas, peaches, kiwi, etc.
- Protein shakes
- Cottage cheese
- Pureed soups
- Scrambled eggs
- Soft, steamed veggies
- Flaky fish
- Macaroni and cheese
- Mashed potatoes
Cutting everything into small bite-sized pieces is the best way to enjoy them. And, while you are at it, don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water is super important for your immune system and healing, as well as for your overall health.
Avoid Eating This After Dental Implant Surgery
Now that you know what you should be eating, let’s talk about what you should be avoiding. After all, some foods can put your new and healing implant at risk. After your dental implant surgery, avoid eating the following:
- Crunchy foods, such as chips, pretzels, nuts, popcorn, etc.
- Acidic foods, like citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, etc.) and tomatoes
- Sticky and chewy foods, such as gummy candies, gum, taffy, and so on
- Hot foods and beverages. The surgical site may be a little sensitive to the warmth so let it cool down before putting it in your mouth
- Spicy foods like hot sauce, hot peppers, salsa, and others
Remember, your gums and your jaw are going to be sensitive after your dental implant surgery. So take it easy and don’t try to rush these foods too soon. Instead, give your body the best opportunity to heal.
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