If you’re planning to have dental implant surgery soon, you may be wondering what foods you’ll be able to eat following the procedure. Will you be able to eat normally, or will you need to follow a specific diet of implant-safe foods for a period of time after your procedure?
What to Avoid After Dental Implant Surgery
Before we get into what foods you can have, let’s talk about things you should most definitely avoid after a dental implant procedure. You should not smoke, use straws, or drink carbonated beverages following your procedure. You should also avoid hard, crunchy, abrasive foods such as popcorns, nuts, chips, and seeds.
More foods to avoid following surgery:
Corn On The Cob
Raw apples and vegetables
Foods You Can Eat After Dental Implant Surgery
As the numbness wears off in the hours following your procedure, you can eat very soft food, such as:
Make sure any warm food you eat is not too hot, and is closer to room temperature, as hot liquid can injure or burn the surgical sites. When chewing, try to chew away from the surgical site. Be sure to have a high-calorie, high-protein intake immediately after surgery to help aid in recovery.
How long after dental implants can I eat normally?
Once the numbness has fully worn off, feel free to enjoy a non-chew diet. Non-chew foods include any food that can be cut with the side of a fork. Some examples include well-cooked pasta, pancakes, soft bread, eggs, or very soft cooked vegetables, in addition to, any of the food options already mentioned. Remember to drink plenty of fluids as well, as your food intake will be somewhat limited for a few days following surgery. Liquid protein supplements can help you to regain strength and energy. While it may be tempting to skip a meal because of your pain or discomfort, try to eat 3 meals per day and snack when you’re hungry, as this will give you more energy and allow you to heal faster.