Many lives have been transformed by dental implants because of the freedom they now enjoy from the limitations that come with missing or damaged teeth. The delight of being able to consume items that were previously off-limits is one of the most significant changes we observe in our patients’ lives.
We love helping our patients achieve a healthy mouth, but please note that much as with real teeth, there are some things that might be more damaging to your teeth than others, such as beef jerky! There are a number of meals that are put on hold for a period of time following dental implant surgery.
Learning and understanding the long-term dos and don’ts of a diet that will keep your dental implants in good shape, as well as what to expect in terms of nutrition within the first few weeks after your implant surgery. All of this is critical to their long-term viability.
OUR PRIORITY IS TO ENSURE THAT THE NEW IMPLANTS ARE NOT OVER-STRESSED OR OVERLOADED.
In many circumstances, surgery and your new set of teeth can all be done in one day, but for good recovery, you’ll need to be mindful not to over-stress the dental implants. As the implants heal, take extra steps to keep your mouth clean to help decrease the risk of infection.
As a reminder, even though the implants initially appear to be stable, they will take some time to become fully integrated into the bone. You can eat whatever you want once they integrate and heal. Meanwhile, you may refer to the following:
The Surgery Day
Even though you can eat right away after your dental implants are installed, it is important to note that your gums will be painful and potentially swollen for a few days following your operation. Directly following your operation, you need to eliminate chewy or crunchy meals and stick to soft foods.
You can consume soft meals right away after surgery and for the first several weeks, including:
- Eggs scramble
- Soft bread
- Cottage cheese
- Meat that has been cooked until it is soft, such as in stews.
- Macaroni, cheese, and pasta
- Beans, cooked
- Cut up cooked veggies to eat with a fork
- Cooked chicken, sliced into little pieces
- Smoothies should be consumed rather than sucked with a straw.
- Strawberry, bananas, blueberries, oranges, and other soft fruits should be mashed during the first several days.
- Apple sauce
- Ice cream eaten with a spoon rather than swallowed via a straw
- Protein shakes and beverages with no added sugar
- Sweet potatoes, mashed
- Soft meats, such as meatballs and hamburger patties
- Small chunks of soft bread
As a precaution for the first 24 to 72 hours, only eat soft foods and drinks. It might take some time for the implants to fuse with the bone and become stable and rock-solid. For the time being, simply keep in mind that softer is preferable.
THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS
All meals that are very crunchy or chewy should be avoided for a period of time following your implant procedure. So, while you may be eager to crunch into an apple, an ear of corn, or a bowl of corn chips and salsa, doing so may likely delay the healing of your implant for the first two weeks. The day will come, so wait for it. Keep in mind that this is a discussion regarding bone mending.
For the time being, avoid:
- Everything from a straw
- Crunchy foods like raw carrots, granola bars, and chips should be avoided until you have been given the all-clear to eat them!
- Everything chewy, including dried fruits and gummy candies, as well as pizza crust and fibrous meats like beef and pork
THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS MAY NEED TO BE LIMITED DUE TO STAINING: COLORED FOOD AND DRINKS
Your new teeth will be able to tell the world what you’ve been drinking. Many of our favorite beverages might damage your newly bloomed pearly whites. The following are some of the most common sources of staining:
- A hearty glass of merlot
- Soda in a variety of colors.
- Berries with a dark color (blueberries, blackberries)
- Sauces made with tomatoes
- Sauces with a curry flavor
To avoid stains, remember to practice excellent home care after ingesting these foods; nevertheless, we’re not recommending that you entirely avoid them. Rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking these items will help keep your teeth clean and avoid stains.
If you have any stains that have developed during your six-month cleaning sessions, our team of experts can assist you to remove them.
(Of course, you’ll still need to make teeth cleaning appointments.)
You will be able to eat everything you want once you have recovered from your dental implant operation!
Maintain a Healthful Diet
In order to have the finest oral health benefits, you should eat foods such as:
- Meats that are low in fat
- Fresh produce
- Fruit that is fresh
- Whole wheat
- Drink a lot of water.