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Foods You Can Eat After Dental Implant Surgery

Posted on 12/1/2023 by San Francisco Dental Arts
a 3D rendering of a dental implantFor many people with missing teeth, dental implants are a revolutionary way to replace their missing teeth. Dental implants have become popular, with statistics showing that over 3 million people in the United States have dental implants. According to the Journal of Oral Implantology, dental implants have a 98% success rate. However, the success of your dental implant surgery relies on your recovery process. A big part of that recovery process is what you eat after your dental implant surgery.

What To Eat After Your Dental Implant Surgery

After your jaw has fully healed, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods. However, just after your surgery, you will need to stick to an all-liquid diet at least for 24 hours after the procedure. During this period, consume soups, smoothies, fruit juices, water, broths, and bouillon. Thereafter, you can incorporate a soft food diet, including mashed potatoes, oatmeal, eggs with soft cheese, sweet potatoes, soft vegetables, pudding, ice cream, and applesauce. Mashed pumpkins, avocado, hummus, and salmon are also suitable alternatives. After two or three weeks, depending on your recovery process, you can add more tough and chewy foods such as meat and raw vegetables.

Foods To Avoid After Dental Implant Surgery

To protect your implants and have a speedy recovery, avoid crunchy foods like chips and popcorn. In addition, stay away from tough foods such as raw vegetables. You should also avoid sticky foods, such as candies. It is also advisable to stay away from spicy foods such as salsas and hot foods and drinks.

Why Is It Important to Get Enough Nutrition After Dental Implant Surgery

Even though it might cause some discomfort to eat after dental implant surgery, it is very important that you eat regularly. Eating regularly will give your body the nutrients and the energy it requires ensuring a quick and speedy recovery. You should also ensure that you get enough proteins in your diet and remain hydrated.

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