Recovering from a dental implant surgery is a process that requires you to take a few precautions especially on your diet and hygiene. This is because of getting the dental implants to fuse with the bone tissue to ensure proper support for implants and stability. Generally, a soft diet is recommended for five to seven days to ensure that the bone tissue and gums heal properly and quickly.
Even then, your soft food diet should factor in the needs of your body like energy and nutrients. This is not to say that you blend all your meals. On the contrary, you can speak to your dentist for advice on a variety of foods that you can eat. If you are not sure about where to start, here are some food choices/dietary recommendations as well as restrictions after a dental implant surgery.
Fruits and Vegetables
It is advisable to go for fruits that are deemed softer like peaches, bananas, melons, nectarines as well as all berries. You will do well to consider cutting the fruit into pieces as opposed to taking a bite. On the other hand, your vegetables should be properly cooked so that they are not too crunchy for your new implants. Good alternatives for the vegetables include carrots, broccoli and squash. Soups and sauces are also a safe and easy option to try out.
Starches and grains
A majority of cooked grains will help you avoid hard foods while giving you more nutrients. For instance, you can have oatmeal for breakfast and consider noodles, rice, soft bread, grits or mashed potatoes for dinner.
You want to stay hydrated after your dental implant surgery; hence, nothing will work best for you than water. Be sure to avoid alcoholic drinks during your recovery period.
Poultry and red meat may be tough on your implants during the first few days. Therefore, consume them carefully and sparingly. Other safe options for proteins include fish, seafood, beans and eggs, among others. You can also consider red meat only when it is tenderized.
Dairy is also considered a good source of protein when recovering from a dental implant surgery. This includes dairy products like yogurt, milk as well as cheese. Although quinoa and couscous are considered wheat and grain, they have a high amount of protein.
When it comes to restrictions on the foods that you cannot eat, consider staying off food that is chewy, crunchy and hard during your recovery. This is because they may cause discomfort and result in failure of the implants healing. Some of the foods that you must refrain from eating include the following.
This refers to any food that must be chewed for a couple of rounds before swallowing. Eating such foods will result in the implants pulling away from the gums. They include hard fruit, cookies, salads, rolls and gummies, among others.
They include snack foods like candies, dried fruit and pretzels. Raw crunchy vegetables and nuts also pose a threat to the implants.
Very cold or hot foods
Introduction of extreme temperatures can lead to pain or even open a wound. Therefore, consider allowing your hot meals to be luke-warm before eating. For cold drinks, avoid the temptation of using a straw soon after the surgery as it may brush against the implants causing irritation.
In summary, the recovery period for dental implant surgery should be supported by eating the right foods that will not interfere with the process of integration into the gums or even give rise to wounds or gum disease. Thus, you must choose your meals wisely.
For more information on caring for your tooth implant, make an appointment with our friendly Smile Team at Joshua Hong DDS and know more about eating right for a healthy smile.