Dental implant surgery can be a major surgery for any individual and recovery can be long and complicated. After dental implant surgery, you’ll need to focus on how to nourish your body the best way you can while it works to get used to your new pearly whites.
Dental implants are one of the only options that can offer you a long-term solution that allows you to eat, speak and smile like you would with natural teeth. One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they allow you to eat your favourite foods without worry. But to get there, you need to follow important post-procedure food guidelines.
At Dentistry in Newmarket, it’s our goal to help you make your dental implant a success with a fast recovery. Keep on reading to learn more about what foods oral surgeons recommend after your dental implant surgery.
24 To 48 Hours After Your Operation: Cool Liquid Diet
Here are some general recommendations on what you can and cannot eat immediately following your dental implant surgery:
- Consume only cool liquids 24 to 48 hours after your procedure.
- You should avoid hot foods and drinks for several hours after your surgery.
- Do not use a straw or use any water bottle that requires suction for at least the next two weeks.
For the first three weeks after dental implant surgery, you will need to be on a soft foods only diet. During this time, your dental implants will be integrating, and you will be wearing a temporary prosthesis, which is not meant to be used to chew hard or crunchy foods.
Here is a list of post-operative food options you can eat during week one after your surgery:
- Apple sauce
- Smashed avocados
- Coffee and tea
- Cottage cheese
- Fruit juices
- Liquid protein supplements
At week two, you’ll be able to eat a “fork tender” diet. This means you can eat only foods that are soft and easy to chew. You should avoid anything that’s hard and requires a lot of chewing, such as raw fruits, sandwiches, etc. Replace those with any foods that are still soft and can be cut with the side of a fork.
- Bananas, mangos, peaches, pears, apple sauce, steamed veggies
- Broiled fish, chicken stew, soups with soft veggies and meat, tofu, meatloaf
- Soft loaves of bread, muffins, pancakes, waffles, pasta, oatmeal
- Any foods from your week one list, as well as mashed potatoes, ice cream, scrambled eggs
What foods should I avoid after a dental implant surgery?
- Crusty breads
- Corn on the cob
- Hard candy
- Raw apples and vegetables
- Steaming hot foods
For more information about what foods are appropriate after your dental implant surgery, contact your oral surgeon at Dentistry in Newmarket today.