What are the best foods to eat after getting dental implants?
Once you’ve committed to getting full-arch dental implants, you’ll likely be eager to get back to eating your favorite foods again. The good news is you will be able to — once you heal. After your dental implant surgery, it’s important to take proper care of your mouth. This will include a special diet immediately following the procedure and for a few months after.
The length of time required to heal will depend on things like number of teeth removed, location of implants and other overall health-related factors. Regardless of health, all full-arch implant patients should expect a modified diet for the first few weeks following the procedure. Read on to learn what foods you can and can’t eat immediately after getting your dental implants.
What should you eat immediately after implant surgery?
For the first 24-48 hours after your oral surgery, you’ll want to consume an exclusively liquid diet. You will also want to avoid hot foods and alcohol. Don’t let this limited (and temporary) diet get you down, because you can still eat some delicious meals in this way.
Smoothies are a great option. They are diverse, filling and can be packed with nutrients to leave you satisfied and full. As a chew-free food, you can get creative by trying different kinds and flavors. Other options include applesauce and any type of cold soup.
When you’re filling up on smoothies, you’ll want to avoid using a straw. The suction can cause bleeding to start again, which may interfere with your healing. For your smoothie or slushy, use a spoon. Also remember to drink lots of water.
What should you eat in the weeks following implant surgery?
For a few weeks after your implant surgery, you’ll still need to be very careful of what you eat. Dentists recommend very soft food for several weeks, and sometimes they suggest you avoid chewing altogether for the first week. But every situation is different. As your mouth heals, you will likely be able to start introducing solid foods back into your diet. Unlike a completely liquid diet, eating soft foods will open up your options considerably.
Because you’ll still be recovering, choosing foods high in protein will help speed up your recovery process and ensure you feel full after each meal. Eggs, for example, are an easy-to-chew staple. Whether they’re scrambled, over easy, poached or in an omelet, you’ll find a lot of versatility when you rely on eggs. Another food that provides some variety is potatoes. Mashed, baked or roasted, dress up your potato in a way that makes it delicious and hearty. Lean proteins like chicken, fish and ground beef are okay to introduce later in your healing process. Combine them with pasta or salad (though you should be careful with carrots or other hard veggies) for a full meal. Milk, soft or melted cheese, yogurt, macaroni and oatmeal are other easy-to-chew options.
What foods should you avoid after implant surgery?
There are many menu items that you can enjoy following your implant surgery, but there are some you must forgo to ensure you recover properly and that your full-arch implants last for years to come. While you are in your healing bridge(s), you must avoid the following:
- Raw fruits or vegetables (think apples and carrots)
- Chips or popcorn
- Hard breads like French bread or bagels
- Ice cubes
- Tough meats like steak
- Candy or any sticky food
- Acidic or spicy foods like oranges, tomatoes, peppers
But don’t get discouraged — you’ll be able to enjoy most of your favorite foods for years to come once your new bite has healed.
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