Eating After Dental Implant Surgery

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If you’re reading this, you probably recently underwent dental implant surgery — congratulations! The hardest part is over, and now you can begin enjoying your healthy, restored smile. This is a good time to think about your recovery.

You wouldn’t kick the soccer ball around after knee surgery or do push-ups after shoulder surgery, right? For the same reasons, you should allow your mouth time to heal. A huge part of the recovery process is eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones.

It’s important to treat the surgical site carefully throughout the week after your procedure. Lack of care may cause irritation, damage, or disease to your gums. If you have questions regarding your dental implant, contact your Atlanta, GA dentist, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers, today at 404-577-6620.

Foods to Enjoy

A soft or liquid-based diet is advised for at least the first three days after your procedure to allow your gums to heal and the implant to fuse to your jawbone. Soft foods are suggested up to a week after surgery.

In addition to soft fruits and vegetables, here’s a list of foods you can eat:

  • Oatmeal
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Cottage cheese
  • Apple sauce
  • Broth and soups
  • Baked or broiled fish
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Jell-O and pudding
  • Ice cream

In order for your mouth to heal quickly, make sure you consume enough nutrients. Your body works best when it’s healthy. Try making smoothies with both fruits and vegetables, eat sufficient amounts of protein, and don’t indulge in ice cream. Your mouth and body will thank you later.

These foods might seem limiting, and you may becometired of eating the same meals over and over again. Use the opportunity to become creative! Here are some ideas:

  • Use different cheeses in your macaroni and cheese
  • Make an omelet with cheese and spinach
  • Try new soups like pureed butternut squash, miso soup, and combinations of noodles and vegetables
  • Cook sliced zucchini with garlic and parmesan
  • Make twice-baked mashed potatoes

The healing process doesn’t have to be miserable. You can “spice it up” (figuratively, not literally) with these and dozens of other combinations.

Foods to Avoid

Eating the wrong foods can be extremely damaging to your gums and new implant. To avoid irritating your gums, stay away from the following foods:

  • Chewy, sticky, and hard foods: These already harm your natural teeth and will likely cause damage to your new implant.
  • Popcorn, rice, quinoa, and foods with small seeds like poppy or sesame: These might lodge themselves beside your new tooth or in the surgical site causing discomfort or infection.
  • Spicy foods, hot foods, alcohol, and smoking: These foods and habits promote bleeding and might cause irritation or dry mouth and should be avoided.

It’s also important that you don’t use a straw while drinking. The sucking motion can dislodge a blood clot (dry socket) and cause more bleeding.

Contact Your Atlanta, GA Dentist

After your procedure, some discomfort, swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding is normal. Thankfully, these side effects can be remedied with ice and over-the-counter pain medicine.

Although extremely rare, if you experience severe pain, swelling, or bleeding after you have arrived home, contact Dr. Rodgers’ office immediately at 404-577-6620. Our friendly staff can provide you with the proper steps to care for your mouth at home while letting you know if you need to return to our office.

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