Dental implant surgery is life-changing. If you’ve lost teeth, a titanium implant can replace the root of your tooth, providing you with a firm foundation for a confident bite. Additionally, replacing your teeth with natural-looking replacements can improve the appearance of your smile and restore damaged confidence.
If you’re considering dental implants, you will have many questions. The procedure typically involves several stages, between which the jaw bone that supports the implant needs time to heal.
With this in mind, one of the questions we get asked is, “what can you eat after your dental implant surgery?”
In this guide, we’ll suggest some of the best foods to eat while recovering from your implant placement procedure.
Dental implants are titanium posts that fuse with your jaw to support replacement teeth. Just like when a broken bone heals, it can take time for the jaw bone to fuse around the implant. Until this happens, it’s important to avoid chewing anything too hard. Additionally, certain foods could irritate the treatment area.
For the first few days after your procedure, you should stick to very soft food only. As recovery progresses, you can bring in firmer foods.
Immediately after dental implant surgery, you should eat foods that require minimal chewing. Soft foods are gentle on your healing gums and minimise the risk of disturbing the implant site.
Some examples of soft foods include:
After a few days, you can start eating firmer foods that require more chewing. These include:
Proper hydration is essential for the healing process. Drinking water throughout the day keeps your mouth moist and helps your overall health. Try to have a glass or bottle of water with you at all times and drink small amounts often.
A big, sudden change in your diet can lead to health issues. Taking nutritional supplements can help you stay healthy during your recovery. Vitamins and protein shakes are excellent additions to your diet.
Certain foods are off the menu for the time being. Don’t worry; once your implant has healed, you can enjoy eating whatever you like. For now, avoid:
Dental implants provide life-enhancing benefits, and the alterations in your diet during recovery will be worth it in the long run. Stick to soft foods with a high nutritional value and plenty of protein, and avoid anything crunchy, sticky, acidic, or spicy.
Before and after your dental implant procedure, our team will be on hand to support you, answer questions, and provide you with advice.
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