Implant surgery can be hard on your mouth and you want to make sure you follow the aftercare directions your dentist gives you. The main concern you’ll be thinking is “what can I eat after an implant surgery” and since the after effects of oral surgery can vary from person to person, there is a general rule on what to eat to minimize complications for everyone who has undergone a procedure. To reduce chances of infection or any other complications postoperative, follow these diet guidelines.
Diet After Implant Surgery
General anesthesia or IV sedations is involved in implant surgery so it is best to initially intake liquids before food. However, it is important, like when getting wisdom teeth removed, that you do not drink the cool liquids through a straw. Drinking through a straw causes a sucking motion which can increase bleeding from the surgery. It’s best to drink straight from the glass and to not drink or eat anything too hot. Also, avoid carbonated drinks.
For 10 days to about two weeks, a soft food, non-chewing diet is recommended in order to allow the gum tissue to heal. Food should be chopped into very small pieces or blended into a puree. Patients tend to heal faster when they stick to blended, nourishing food diet. Foods such as chips, popcorn, and nuts should be avoided because they can cause trauma to the gums, prolonging healing time.
What to Eat After Implant Surgery
The following are recommended foods and drinks to consume for the first 10 days after implant surgery. As time progresses, you can start adding more solid food listed toward the bottom:
● Juice, water, milk, coffee and tea (although not too hot)
● Oatmeal, cream of wheat, yogurt
● Cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, applesauce
● Jello, pudding, ice cream, milkshakes
● Ground beef, baked or broiled fish, finely chopped stewed or broiled chicken
● Macaroni and cheese, soft bread, baked or mashed potatoes
Any questions you may have about whether or not to eat certain items, please call Advanced Prosthodontics today at (610) 865-4222. We are here to help you recover as best you can and will be happy to answer any questions you might have about what you can eat after an implant surgery.