If you’re considering dental implants, you may be wondering what type of diet you should follow after the procedure. While dental implants are a great way to restore your smile and give you back the ability to speak and chew comfortably, it is important to maintain a healthy diet both before and after surgery. Here are some tips on what types of food to eat after your dental implant surgery.
The first few days after the surgery, it’s best to stick with soft foods that don’t require much chewing. Think soups, smoothies, mashed potatoes, yogurt, oatmeal, etc. Staying hydrated is also very important as it will help keep swelling at bay. Make sure that any food you consume is at room temperature or slightly warm—foods that are too hot can cause discomfort in your mouth. Avoid any hard or crunchy foods that could accidentally dislodge the implant or cause pain in your gums.
Once you have healed from the initial surgery and the implant has been secured in place, then you can slowly start introducing more solid foods into your diet. However, it’s still important to avoid any hard foods like nuts or popcorn kernels as these can damage the implant site and cause infection or further pain. You should also be careful when consuming chewy items like dried fruit or beef jerky as these can easily tear off pieces of gum tissue if not chewed properly. It’s also important to steer clear of sticky sweets like caramels or gum as these can stick to the implant site and become difficult to remove without causing further irritation.
In general, focus on eating nutrient-rich whole foods such as lean proteins (think grilled fish), fresh vegetables (steamed broccoli is a great option), fruits (berries are full of antioxidants) and whole grains like quinoa or brown rice. Eating well-balanced meals will give your body all the nutrients it needs for optimal healing post-surgery so that you can get back to enjoying life with a beautiful new smile!
Having dental implants placed requires an investment in both time and money but the end result is a beautiful new smile! After implant placement surgery there are some dietary restrictions that need to be followed in order for proper healing to take place; however this doesn’t mean that mealtime has become boring! With a little creativity—and by avoiding hard/crunchy/sticky foods—you can enjoy delicious meals while still giving yourself ample time for recovery post-op. Eating nutritious meals full of lean proteins, fresh veggies and fruits will provide all your body needs for successful healing after dental implant placement surgery so that you can get back out there and show off your beautiful new smile!
Contact Smile Advantage in Riverside, CA
Smile Advantage – Dr. Ali Shmara – Riverside Dentist
4959 Arlington Ave Suite A,
Riverside, CA 92504