What can I eat after dental implant surgery?
If you are preparing for implants, you might be wondering what to expect from the recovery period.
If you have chosen to go ahead with dental implant surgery, it is important to remember that you will need to take some time to heal after the procedure. Our dental team will explain how best to take care of your mouth while you recover and how to minimise any discomfort that you may experience. As part of the healing process, we recommend that you stick to a soft diet following your surgery. Read on for some nutritious and tasty ideas…
It’s important to try and incorporate some protein into your post-surgery diet in order to aid recovery. Fortunately, there are a number of easy-to-chew options that are good for your overall health — eggs are a great source of protein and can be served soft either in scrambled or omelette form while your mouth heals. Other great sources of protein include beans, which can be made into a soup, soft fish, and tofu.
Fruits and vegetables
There are a wide range of soft fruits, which can be enjoyed after implant surgery. Opt for bananas, stewed and puréed apples and pears, and canned peaches, for example. Alternatively, it’s possible to blend almost any fruit you like into a nutritious and delicious smoothie — add some plain yoghurt and milk to up your calcium intake.
Get your daily vegetable intake by boiling or steaming your greens until they are soft and easy to chew. Mashed vegetables are also a great option — potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and cauliflower all make tasty meals when steamed and mashed, either separately or together.
Oats and soft cereals
Cooked oats and soft cereals are great sources of energy and fibre and are very easy to eat while your mouth heals. It’s important to remember, however, that you shouldn’t eat anything that is too hot. Rather, enjoy your oatmeal at a lukewarm temperature to avoid irritation and discomfort at the site of your surgery. If you would like to add a little extra flavour to your meal, consider placing some puréed fruits, soft berries, vanilla or cinnamon to your bowl of oats.
If you’re tired of smoothies and soups, you might consider a soft snack from time to time. Remember to choose foods that are nutritious and easy to consume — some good options include hummus, smashed avocado, soft cheeses like cottage and cream cheese, and yoghurt. Avoid anything that is too hard or crunchy, and anything that requires you to open your mouth too wide.
Foods to avoid after surgery
While there are plenty of foods you can enjoy while your mouth heals following oral surgery, there are some items you should try and avoid completely. It’s best to stay away from anything that is spicy, as well as anything that is too hot or cold. Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, can cause irritation at the site of surgery and should be avoided as well.
Try and stick to soft foods and avoid snacks that are hard, crunchy or that tend to crumble — popcorn, chips and cookies, for example. Also, stay away from sticky and chewy foods like candy while your mouth heals.
It’s also a good idea to avoid using a straw when you drink — rather drink directly from your glass, or use a spoon if you’re drinking a thick smoothie. Using a straw tends to create a suction, which could prevent your body from forming the blood clots that prevent bleeding.
If you are considering dental implant surgery and would like to find out more about the procedure, as well as the options available to you, we recommend that you come in and see us for a consultation. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here.