Food and Diet After Dental Implants

After restoring your shining smile with dental implants, one of the first things you might want to do is to go out for a festive meal at your favorite restaurant. But not so fast – oral surgery is serious business, whether you were anesthetized/sedated or not, and adjusting your diet during the recovery period is one of the most important things you can do to help your mouth heal. You should eat a soft food diet for 5 to 7 days after having tooth implant surgery.

At AllDental Travel Ltd., our world-class professionals will revive your bright smile, but it’s up to you to ensure your recovery is comfortable, swift, and free of complications.

Day of dental implant surgery

During the first 24 hours, confine your food intake to liquids, such as smoothies and milkshakes, but DO NOT use straws – sucking can dislodge blood clots and cause more bleeding. Also, avoid carbonated beverages and very hot foods or drinks. Have juices, milk, broth, protein shakes and even meal replacement shakes.

Foods to eat on the day of the clinical procedure:

  • Water
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Coffee/tea (not hot)
  • Broth
  • Non-chunky soup such as tomato
  • Protein shakes
  • Meal-replacement shakes

First few days after the clinical procedure

You can transition to pureed foods after the first day of recovery, but it’s still important to avoid using straws and consuming extremely hot foods. To avoid any unwanted complication, it is better to try out the following:

Foods to eat during the first few days after dental implant surgery:

  • Yogurt
  • Pudding
  • Oatmeal/Cream of Wheat
  • Custard
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Jell-O
  • Ice cream
  • Applesauce
  • Cottage cheese
  • Chunkier soups pureed in a blender
  • Applesauce

Two weeks after dental implant surgery

You will feel better so you can move onto soft chewable food. But remember that not all soft foods are advisable. Rice, quinoa and other small grains can get lodged in the surgical areas, and of course, stay far away from anything crunchy like nuts and chips that can cause trauma to your gums. If the list of recommended soft foods sounds too confining it might be helpful to chop heartier food into small pieces or puree in a blender.

Foods to eat up to two weeks after the clinical procedure:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Soft bread
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Soups
  • Forcemeat
  • Baked or broiled fish
  • Broiled or stewed chicken (finely chopped)
  • Pasta
  • Tofu
  • Soft fruits like bananas, mangoes, peaches and pears

Foods to AVOID for the first week following surgery:

  • Spicy foods
  • Crusty breads, bagels, cookies
  • Foods that are difficult to chew (steak, poultry, deli meats)
  • Popcorn, pretzels, potato chips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fruits with seeds (raspberries, strawberries, etc.)

Foods to eat during your recovery from dental implant surgery

Don’t skip meals. If you’re diabetic, talk with your doctor about specific dietary recommendations. Changing your entire diet for a couple weeks might seem daunting, but keeping nourished is crucial to your recovery. Proper nourishment will help you feel better, gain strength and heal faster, so eat up and save that festive dinner for later.

Considering dental implants?

Dental implants is the best alternative to overcome your natural tooth loss. Improve your self-confidence by replacing your missing teeth by this safe and modern treatment procedure. Results of this treatment last lifelong, providing you with the true value for your money.

At AllDental Travel Ltd., we’ve been performing dental implant procedures for more than decade and we can answer all your questions, whether you’re just beginning to consider dental implants or you’re ready to book an appointment. If you want to boost your smile give us a call!